Kaikorai Valley College teacher Greg MacLeod is surrounded by
pupils after arriving for class yesterday dressed as Edna
Turnblad, his character in the upcoming Musical Theatre
Dunedin production Hairspray.
His 7DN class played along.
The pupils arrived for the first period to find Mr MacLeod
had been replaced by a no-nonsense relieving teacher, Mrs
''I'm Mrs Turnblad. You can call me Mrs Turnblad,'' the new
teacher introduced him ...er, herself to the class in a
strong Baltimore accent, before admonishing the pupils for
''I hear your normal teacher is pretty good,'' Mrs Turnblad
''No,'' the 23 pupils yelled back in chorus.
The surprise cameo was a big hit with the pupils.
''The new teacher was really funny,'' Jacob Cheshire (12)
''It would be good to have her again tomorrow. But we'd
rather have Mr MacLeod back.''
The acting teacher spent an hour before class preparing his
costume and make-up for the role.
''I thought it would be fun .. and something the kids would
''Once a thespian, always a thespian.''
- Hairspray is on at the Regent Theatre from October