Lo­cal sa­lon owner vol­un­teers for se­nior class play

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — For the past 16 years, lo­cal hair­styl­ist Mindy Smith has vol­un­teered her free time each year to style hair for the Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School se­nior class play.

Smith is the owner of The Cutting Edge sa­lon in down­town Cam­bridge and an alumna of Cam­bridgeSD.

It be­gan in 2000, when Smith was fresh out of beauty school, and the C-SD se­nior class pro­duc­tion was “Hello Dolly.”

She said that vol­un­teer­ing to help the stu­dents

was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for her as a new stylist, and she would rec­om­mend that beauty school stu­dents take part to prac­tice their new skills.

Over the years, Smith said she has had the op­por­tu­nity to learn un­usual hair­styles and even had to in­vent ways to achieve a crazy style.

“No one wears a bee­hive any­more,” she said. “I’d never get to do things like that oth­er­wise.”

Smith said it usu­ally takes a team of three or four stylists to get the en­tire cast of a show ready in about two hours. This year’s play, “Bye Bye Birdie,” had a cast of 43 stu­dents who needed their hair styled.

“This year was a lot of pony­tails and things like that,” she said. “The cra­zi­est year was “Wiz­ard of Oz” in 2009. That took eight hair dressers to have them ready in time.”

Smith and her team of vol­un­teer stylists get the cast ready each of the four days the show runs and they do a prac­tice run about two weeks be­fore open­ing night.

Gale Bev­eridge and Tanya Doty have vol­un­teered their time for sev­eral years as well.

“We do it to help the kids,” Smith said. “The kids are very grate­ful. I think it makes them feel im­por­tant and gives them a sense of what it’s re­ally like to be in a pro­fes­sional stage play.”

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