MONTREAL, FEBRURAY 6, 2012 – While LaurenHill Academy’s Senior Campus in St. Laurent (2505 Cote Vertu) is a bit of a drive from Baltimore, a total of 50 students and staff members will keep the motion of the ocean going as they present “Hairspray” on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25.
The media is invited to attend a special presentation on Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m.
While the musical will undoubtedly be the ladies’ choice for entertainment, the school-wide project brings staff and students together in a shared experience that promotes connectedness and boosts morale.
“These kinds of projects have a tremendous impact on keeping students in school,” said Susan Freed, the guidance counsellor at LaurenHill Academy and director of Hairspray. “Students also learn valuable skills in time management, responsibility, working as part of a team, and commitment.”
This is the second consecutive year in which students and staff at LaurenHill Academy have presented a musical. Last year, the lineup was out the door to watch the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies in “Grease”.
“Some students who struggle academically have an opportunity to shine in a production such as this while top academic students can develop their creative abilities while taking a break from their demanding Science and Math courses.,” added Freed. “The level of talent among the students is exceptional. We are very proud of our students and all the staff members who volunteer countless hours and we are grateful to our Principal, Ms. Pela Nickoletopoulos and Regional Director, Mr. Claude Dansereau for supporting and encouraging this project.”
In addition to Freed, English teachers, Kelly Dayan (Assistant Director) and Gail Ewing (Musical Director) and Drama teacher Kristina Asaro (Choreographer) are keeping the cast and crew spinning round and round.
The nicest teachers in town, teachers Daniel Ouellette and Louis Bilodeau are in charge of the technical booth, while Sophie St-Pierre is designing costumes and Marilyn Ramlakhan is the back stage crew chief. Sarah Ditchfield, a LaurenHill Math teacher, is running Front of House. The technical director is Head Caretaker, Gary Low.
Leading up to the show, English teacher Dan Gullery and his students will be doing their homework on the morning bus as they work on garnering publicity, while the Art department is building the moveable set units alongside well known Montreal set designer, Jean Claude Olivier has created the stunning painted backdrops. Theater professionals involved in the show are Chris Blais and Rob Lynch, who are responsible for sound and lighting respectively.
Doing her best Corny Collins impersonation will be Pela Nickoletopoulos, principal of LaurenHill who is serving as Executive Producer.
Performances for the public are set to take place on February 24 at 8 p.m. and February 25 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the LaurenHill Senior Campus Auditorium (2505 Cote Vertu) in St. Laurent Tickets are $10. Call 514-331-8781 to reserve your tickets.