Last Friday was a fun day at my school where Scott Irwin from the Melbourne cast of Hairspray paid us a lunchtime visit.
Irwin plays the ever-smiling Corny Collins, host of the Corny Collins Show in Hairspray, the TV show Tracy Turnblad auditions for.
It was a quick visit to sing his number Nicest Kids In Town, do a Q&A with the students and of course, promote the show.
With only half my school available to attend (Year 7, 8 and 9), while the senior levels were finishing off exams, we still had about 250-300 girls in our lecture theatre for the Hairspray visit. It was a great gig run by the Hairspray promotional personnel and the students just loved it.
I wish more of the big name musicals in town would do school visits such as this. There is so much to be gained by both parties. Production companies can promote their shows to target audiences (who then spread it to others like a virus via the most effective advertising of all, word of mouth) and students get opportunities to asks actors about life as a professional performer, the show in question or the theatre industry as a whole.
Top marks to Stagedoor Promotions and the Hairspray production company for organising such a worthwhile gig as this at various Melbourne schools.