FULL of colour and non-stop singing and dancing, Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s production of Hairspray, which opened on Friday night, is a treat for the senses.
The jaw-dropping stage expertly designed by Colin Mitchell literally sets the scene.
The giant TV set is where dreams are made for Tracy Turnblad played by Yasmine Watsford who is an irrepressible juggernaut who defies doubts, taunts and nastiness to become the star nobody, except her and her father, thought she could be.
The show is funny and a little bit naughty, and showcases some brilliant acting and dancing from a mostly young cast.
Yasmine is the star, but she is exceptionally well supported.
Brad Boucher plays her mother (yes, mother), the fabulous Edna Turnblad. Apparently it’s a role usually played by a bloke, and Brad’s comic timing and delivery is impeccable.
Adrian Darakai plays her/his loving husband Wilbur who’s the only one who has no doubts about his daughter’s potential.
Local lad Lachlan Moore has starred in Leongatha Secondary College productions and has had ensemble roles in Lyric productions before, but after his performance as Link Larkin, Tracy’s love interest, he’ll be the main man in many shows for years to come.
He looks the part, has all the moves and can really sing.
John Molden is the host with the most, Corny Collins who fronts the TV show which is the equivalent to Young Talent Time.
There are many eye catching performances, including Jaive McEwan’s ultra-cool Seaweed J Stubbs and local theatre veteran Bruce Grainger in several roles.
The one to watch, particularly in the second half of the show, is Nicole Cooper as Motormouth Maybelle. She has the moves, the accent and the voice in a brilliant performance.
Full credit should also go to the choreographers, Rachel and Sophie Adkins, as the dancing is flawless, despite its energetic and nonstop nature.
The 13-piece band directed by Alasdair Campbell nails the songs of the early 1960s.
Most importantly, the costumes and the make-up (and loads of hairspray) are perfect.
All this brought together by Louise Adkins in her solo directing debut.
Make sure you get along to Hairspray at Mesley Hall in Leongatha which continues until July 22.
Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/256242
Hairspray’s a whole lot of fun