If you missed the chance to catch Hairspray in Stonehaven Town Hall last week, then you should probably buy your ticket for next year now.
Hot off the success of Hairspray, next year’s show has already been announced, with auditions to be held in September for FAME.
The town hall was transformed this past week for the musical, with big stage lighting erected at the front of the stage.
Having seen Hairspray before I thought I knew exactly what I was in for, and I am quite happy to admit I was wrong on this one.
The town hall was packed, with hardly a seat free at the Friday showing that I was at, and as soon as the curtains were up the audience was met with a blinding flash of lights, taking us back to 1960s Baltimore.
The set screening was an excellent touch, as it led to quick turnarounds for change of sets and kept the show at a very nice and engaging pace throughout. The band just below the stage didn’t hit a rough note all night.
The show opened with Tracy Turnblad (played by Hannah McGinlay) in bed belting out ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ drawing us into the story of how the plump teenager’s dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show leads to her trying to integrate the show.
We are introduced to a wonderful array of characters throughout, including Tracy’s mum, dad, best friend, crush and enemies.
Some of my highlights included:
The rendition of ‘Mama I’m a big girl now’ was my personal favourite as it quickly showed each teenage girl’s relationship with their mother. Mallory Peter who played Velma Von Tussle, (the main antagonist against the integration of the show and plan to make her daughter Amber Von Tussle Miss Teen Hairspray) had a great performance. I loved hating you! There were plenty of laughs from the trio of Hannah Turner (playing Penny Pingleton, Tracy’s best friend), Muzz Crandon and Hugh Johnstone (playing Tracy’s dad and mum respectively).
Every one of Penny’s lines was delivered hilariously, which left the audience wondering what she would say next.
Another highlight was the song ‘You’re Timeless To Me’ by Edna and Wilbur Turnblad (Tracy’s parents). These two may have stolen the show with their antics on stage, brilliant in what appeared to be ‘off the cuff’. They had the whole crowd in fits of laughter and in the palm of their hands. A slight rearranging of Edna’s dress had those around me still snickering five minutes later. I found it very difficult to write notes at that moment, in fact my notes say ‘hilarious, unforgettable, how huge were those heels?’.
I only have one slight criticism, and believe me when I say I am splitting hairs, as it didn’t detract from the show in the slightest. Up at the back, during the detention scene, I found it hard to hear what some of the secondary characters said.
The two main boys, David Wilson (playing Link Larkin) and Aidan Sutherland (as Seaweed J Stubbs) smashed it. My favourite line of the whole show came from Link Larkin, when he said: ‘You’re beautiful when you’re unconscious’.
Well done to all the cast for your hard work, your dedication paid off with a fantastic performance. The musical really showed what Stonehaven Town Hall could achieve and I am looking forward to next year already.
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