Plenty of bounce in Hairspray

HIGHLIGHTS were plentiful at Hairspray’s opening night last Friday with the brilliant cast giving it their all and lighting up the Mesley Hall stage and delighting the audience with a thoroughly cheerful and energetic musical.

Young local talent was a highlight of this uplifting production that opened with a bang with the whole cast on stage to belt out Welcome to the 60s, a great big colourful number that gave the  audience an indication of what fun and excitement could be expect for the rest of the show.

Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s latest production stars Yasmine Watsford (Tracy Turnblad), Brad Boucher (Edna Turnblad), Lachlan Moore (Link Larkin) and Olivia Winchcombe (Penny Pingleton), and on opening night they gave it everything and it was a highly entertaining show.

The costumes, hair, set and band all made the show even more fun to watch.

Set  in 1960’s Baltimore, Hairspray is a show that celebrates women of all sizes and people of all races and the story of Hairspray follows plump teenager Tracy Turnblad and her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, hosted by John Molden’s Corny Collins.

In addition to Tracy’s attempts to bring some much needed body-type diversity to The Corny Collins ShowHairspray’s big theme is the importance of acknowledging and battling racism.

The stand out on opening night was definitely Nicole Cooper who was brilliant in her role as Motormouth Maybelle, her wonderful sining  shown off superbly in,  “I Know Where I’ve Been”  celebrated the pain and pride of being black in 1960s America.

While Watsford conveyed Tracy’s bright charm and her unflinching willingness to keep smiling superbly, the real comedic star of the show was her mother, Edna Turnblad.

Adrian Darakai also gave several scene stealing performances as Tracy’s father, Wilbur Turnblad.

In fact, the moment in the show when two men (albeit one playing a woman) sing a funny, moving love song to one another, “Timeless to Me”, was another highlight of the evening.

Jaive McEwan as Seaweed J Stubbs and Shontelle O’Conner as Little Inez played their parts well.

The most infectious song from Hairspray is the timeless “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and Lyric Theatre’s show did it justice.

The entire cast came together for a rousing rendition of the song that left the audience with tapping feet and clapping hands.

Lousie Adkins should be proud of her successful directorial debut.

Lyric Theatre’s Hairspray runs at Mesley Hall until July 22. Tickets are available from lyrictheatre.net.au.

Contest: Amber Von Tussle (Katelyn Adkins) looks for votes for the title of “Miss Hairspray, 1962”.

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