Last week Kingussie High School (in fact most of the Strath) was buzz following the student performance of ‘Back to the 80s – the totally awesome musical’. The last musical the school performed was well over a decade ago and it was clear that Kingussie High was back on the scene in spectacular style.
Back to the 80’s tells the story of the 1989 graduating class of William Ocean High as seen through the eyes of the narrator, Corey Palmer Sr (played by Geography Teacher Mr Chris McLagan), who is now living in the year 2001.
The 17-year-old Corey (played by Huw Mitchell) is madly in love with his next-door neighbour, Tiffany Houston (played by Tabitha Brown), one of the coolest girls in the school. However, she barely notices this, as she is too busy swooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael (played by Craig Smillie) and his friends are athletic and good-looking – kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Farrah McFerrin III (played by Christina Sheffield), whose best friend is her computer, and who believes the crazy notion that one day CDs will replace cassette tapes. Follow these characters as they decide who should become student president and who they should take to the prom while enjoying classic 80’s song such as ‘Kids in America’, ‘Footloose’, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ and a full 80s megamix!
Other members of the main cast included Katie Macdonald, Caitlin Holmes, Megan Sinclair, Robyn Gunning, Daniel Brown, Julia Falconer, Kira Gordon-Atherton, Ethan Jack, Ruairidh McDonald, Eilidh Prescott and Iona Write. Member of staff, Ginny Fenton and Sharon Shaw, also played the role of high school teachers during the performance and had the audience in stitches. Lots of other students and staff from the school were involved in either the chorus, back stage, front of house, guest voice overs or in the live band. It really was a ‘whole school’ performance.
Julia Falconer (who played the role of Kourney Keaton) was amongst the cast who really wowed crowds with her vocal talent (including Kids in America) commented that, “the whole experience was a roller coaster by my favourite memory was dancing and singing to ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’.” Iona Write (who played Laura Wilde) agreed, “Even though the geeks didn’t get allowed to the party, I love ‘dancing on the ceiling’.”
The show was choreographed by Ms Heather Cooney (from Eden Court) and directed by the schools music teacher Miss Lucy Hodes who said, “I am so pleased with how the performance went, the kids were just brilliant. They have been rehearsing for months and all of that hard work paid off on opening night when the cast received a standing ovation. They are already asking what we might put on next year!”
Headteacher, Ollie Bray, was equally complimentary, “we are so proud of everyone who took part in the show. Kingussie High School has so much talent and it is our job as a school to show it off. The school show is just one of the ways that we do this. I personally want to thank all of the staff and the cast who made the performance such a success. I also want to thank the pupils, families and local community for supporting the school by coming to watch it and making it a ‘sell out’ on the Friday night.”
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