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Awesome 80s Musical – With A Message!

An 80s Musical story with an important social message and a classic mix of 80s music created a high-octane end of year spectacular performed by pupils at Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate.

Producer Gemma Scarr explained:

“The story is set in the 1980s, and the staff and pupils decided that our theme would be gender equality, which is a very important topic. Our production is all about girls reclaiming their share of the spotlight.”

The show is called Lacquer and the script by Miss Scarr and fellow Year 6 teachers is loosely based around the hit musical Hairspray.

For the Year 6 cast and crew, it was the chance to leave Chilton with a rousing finale as they approach the end of their time at the school before moving on to secondary education.

Gemma said:

“The whole Year 6 group has been fantastic in the run-up to the shows and during the performance. They have worked their socks off and showed what can be achieved through teamwork.”

Crazy 1980s themed backdrops and props, glitzy costumes, impressive dance routines, and strong stage performances contributed to the success of Lacquer.

The children and their families made their costumes, and pupils played a major role in the lighting and sound for the production, stage design and props, with musical direction from pianist Graham Redwood.

The show also marked another farewell for Chilton. Miss Scarr is leaving this summer to join Upton Juniors in Broadstairs, one of Chilton’s partner schools in the Viking Academy Trust. She said:

“I have enjoyed a fantastic ten years at Chilton and Lacquer was my final Year 6 production. It has been a joy working with the children and staff here and I can’t think of a better way to leave than with a show that encompasses the enthusiasm and dedication of our whole school.”

Head of School Kate Law said:

“The high standard of our summer show at the end of each school year never ceases to amaze me. There was real excitement around the school for weeks as the production gathered momentum, right up until the fantastic performances for pupils and families.

 Once again Year 6 pupils and teachers have created a truly memorable show to end a hugely successful year at Chilton.”


Chilton Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School in Broadstairs and Ramsgate Arts primary School.


Thank you, Chilton Primary School for sharing your news about your end of year play. It sounds like you really pulled together as a team to work together and produce and present a wonderful show. We are also very impressed by your handmade costumes and props!

Good Luck to the Year 6’s embarking on their new adventures and beginning secondary school in September. Enjoy your summer holidays and don’t forget to send us your reviews, recommendations and creative work to share as part of our Young Reporters project!

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