Southside schools tread the boards

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PUPILS at Holyrood secondary are making a song and dance about equality and civil liberties for the school’s end of year show.

The budding stage stars are treading the boards for Hairspray, a musical set in 1960s Baltimore and covering issues of racism and civil rights — all with a dose of big characters and bigger hair.

The show follows Tracy Turnblad — a big girl with a big heart - who wants to be a part of the changes happening all around her (and to get the guy, of course).

She wins a dancing slot on a local TV programme - but will celebrity status be enough to entice her shy mother out of the apartment, win the heart of Link Larkin and grab the title of Miss Hairspray? And are there more important things going on outside the studio?The Holyrood show tied in with a recent touring production at the King’s Theatre — but, judging by rehearsals, it seems that the Holyrood kids are as full of pep as the professional cast.

The production runs June 4-7, 7pm in the main hall, and tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for children, available from the school.

And while the southside school takes a trip back to Baltimore, East Renfrewshire schools are celebrating all things Chinese in recognition of the Confucius Classroom Hub programme.

Children from Williamwood, Mearns Castle highs and associated primaries will join St Ninian’s on home turf this Wednesday, using song, dance and mime to showcase what they’ve learned about the eastern country.

A partnership between the Scottish and Chinese governments, the hub offers taster sessions for P7-S2 and SQA Mandarin courses for senior students.