Photo gallery: Cromer Academy show revisits the 1980s
11:00 02 February 2013
Archant Norfolk 2013
It was a decade of bright clothes, big hair and synthesised music.
And it is being brought back to life by a young cast who were not even born in the days of playthings such as Pac Man video games and the infuriating Rubik’s cube.
Rehearsals are under way at Cromer Academy for Back to the 80s, a music show capturing the songs and style from their parents’ heydays 30 years ago.
The plot follows love-struck Corey junior, played by Year 9 student Josh Hinds, who decides to run for the role as student president at his American high school, helped by his Star Wars-obessed friends Alf and Kirk (Harry Dennison and Henry Tharby).
His main opponent is Michael (Zeke Downes), the coolest guy in the school, who is also the love rival for the girl of Corey’s dreams, next door sweetheart Tiffany (Rebecca Hough).
Helped by an intimidating election team, including untouchable frost maiden Cyndi (Beth Adams) and trendy friends (David Corbett and Stan Cooper), Corey aims to win friends and votes by staging a rock concert at the school prom.
The third presidential contender is technology geek Fergal McFerrin III (Rowan Adams), and the best-laid plans are upset by the arrival of a new girl Eileen (Rebecca Austin).
As Corey senior (assistant head Chris Carey) reminisces the show unravels into a range of 80s tunes with singing, dancing and music from a 40-strong cast of students and three staff.
Classic songs include Kids in America, 500 miles, Walking on Sunshine, Footloose, and Video Killed the Radio Star.
Musical director Nicola Hough said the show was chosen because it could involve a large cast. Many of them knew songs from the era through the modern day Glee show, but pupils were a bit shocked at the clothes from the decade.
Rebecca Hough said: “You really could wear anything that clashed and nobody cared,” while Beth Adams thought the music was “catchy but cheesy.”
To help promote the event the school is holding a special 1980s-themed week from February 4-8. It will include an 80s quiz for students and parents, a competition to guess staff members from their 1980s photos, and an 80s mufti day when students are encouraged to wear as many fluorescent colours and bangles as possible.
The show runs at the school on February 12 and 13, at 7pm. Advance tickets are £3.50 for adults, £1.50 for children 16 and under or £8.00 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Tickets on the door will be £4.00 for adults, £2 children. Call 01263 511433.