Meet the nicest kids in town

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You can’t stop the beat — but you can let it carry you over to St Andrew’s Academy in Paisley this week for the school’s take on much-loved musical Hairspray.

A cast of 50 talented kids are saying Good Morning Baltimore and hello 1962, as the spotlight is set firmly on “pleasantly plump” teen Tracy Turnblad.

Tracy loves to dance, longs to be famous and is a devotee of The Corny Collins Show — and luckily, there are auditions coming up.

Edna, Tracy’s shy mother, worries that she’ll be laughed at because of her size — but that doesn’t stop our larger than life heroine, who heads there and meets teen hearthrob Link Larkin.

The world of showbiz is soon at Tracy’s feet (and the adoring masses at her signature ‘do, too) — but there’s a civil rights storm brewing in Baltimore, and our plus-size leading lady realises that her place is with the black citizens protesting for equal rights.

There’s love in the air for Tracy and Link — but first, they have to end the segregation present even on the set of The Corny Collins Show.

It’s the school’s fourth consecutive musical, following Grease, We Will Rock You and Back to the Eighties — so it’s safe to say that staff and pupils know how to put on a show.

All that’s left to do is grab a ticket and set that hair— because it’s going to have to withstand a fair bit of singing and dancing along.

Hairspray runs at St Andrew’s Academy from Tuesday until Friday (June 17-20). Doors open at 7.10pm and tickets are £6 (£4 concession) from 887 5201.