Dracula takes Hardwick Middle School back to its early days

Parents  of some  cast of Hardwick Middle Schools 2016 Dracula Spectacular  were in the 1979 show ANL-160315-144823009
Parents of some cast of Hardwick Middle Schools 2016 Dracula Spectacular were in the 1979 show ANL-160315-144823009

Hardwick Middle School is restaging one of the first plays produced there and bringing the memories flooding back to those involved in 1979.

Today’s students will be staging Dracula Spectacular tonight and tomorrow at 7pm as the last play the school will do before it closes in July as part of the two-tier reorganisation. They chose it because in 1979 it was only the second play put on there after the school opened in 1976.

Margaret Holt, who staged the origional production, Aaron McIntyre, who is playing Dracula, and his mum Josie, who was in the original Dracula Spectacular ANL-160315-144834009

Margaret Holt, who staged the origional production, Aaron McIntyre, who is playing Dracula, and his mum Josie, who was in the original Dracula Spectacular ANL-160315-144834009

Assistant head Lisa Burgess said when they decided to stage it they still had three staff members who had been in the original as pupils

Dracula 2016 is played by Aaron MacIntyre, 12, whose mum Josie, was one of the Transo Troupe chorus girls in 1979, when she was 12.

Aaron said: “Because she knows all the songs she’s been going through them with me and she’s very enthusiastic.”

Josie said: “Friends I was in it with are still friends so we’ve been reminiscing.”

So has her former ‘senior mistress’ Margaret Holt, who was the first woman appointed to Hardwick Middle School and whose idea it was to do the play in 1979.

“It was very well received,” she said. “The hall was full each time.

“I’ve still got a programme from the first one and it’s like a walk through time. When I read their names their faces come up in front of me.”