Pupils head back to the 80s

Culture Club.
Culture Club.

The talented youngsters of Alnwick’s high school will be heading back to the 1980s to celebrate the beloved music of the era.

The current crop of students at Duchess’s Community High School will be channelling the spirit of teens more than 20 years ago for their performance of Back to the 80s, which opens next Friday.

From the era that brought the world the Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes this ‘totally awesome’ musical in the style of movies such as Back To The Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Karate Kid and The Wedding Singer.

Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year – as they experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up...all set to the biggest hits of the 80s.

Told through the eyes of Corey Palmer, now 30-something, the then 17-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbour, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school.

However, she barely notices this, as she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around.

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, 20 cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will delight and amuse an audience of any age.

It follows the school’s successful performances of another bygone era at an American high school – Grease – last year.

Our review praised the wealth of talented teens and said: ‘Every single student involved, no matter how big or small their role, should be congratulated for the performance, which I think rivalled the professionals.’