Local salon owner volunteers for senior class play
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.”