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Hairspray - Adelaide Youth Theatre Production - Review

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by Stacey Canavan (subscribe)
I'm a 28 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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Event 13/08/14 - 16/08/14
Good Morning Baltimore, The Adelaide Youth Theatre presents Hairspray the Musical. This show premiered at The Arts Theatre on August 13th running until August 16th. Based on the book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The production Directed by David Gauci, Emma Knights and choreographed by Nina Richards is the story of Tracey Turnbald (Serena Martino-Williams), a teenager who dreams of dancing on television.

Tracey is a big girl from Baltimore, she lives with her mother Edna (Jamie Hornsby), a laundry lady and her father Wilbur (Brendan Cooney), who owns a joke store. She's a small town girl dreaming of big things, she wants to dance on The Corny Collins Show.

Tracey goes to the school with the cast, but isn't in their league. She spends her time hanging out with her best friend Penny (Kimberly Jones). Everyday after school she rushes home with Penny to watch The Corny Collins show staring her crush Link Larkin (Jack Conroy).

After one of the original cast has to leave the show for nine months, they are looking for the next big thing. Tracey wants to audition but her mother is against it, she says "they don't put women like us on television", but Tracey skips school and attends the auditions (Martino-Williams) has the voice and the moves and gets in.

She becomes a regular on the show even though it angers her mother. Overnight she transforms from an outsider to a teen celebrity, but Tracey (Martino-Williams) wants more. She decides she wants to make a difference and chance television history for the better.

The Corny Collins Show features all white dancers, except for once a year when its negro day. Tracey wants to make everyday negro day. This journey finds her standing up to her enemies, landing herself in jail and getting the man of her dreams.

Featuring all the hit songs from the movie including, Nicest Kids in Town, Good Morning Baltimore, Big, Blonde and Beautiful, You Can't Stop the Music, I Can Hear the Bells and Welcome to the '60s.

Director David Gauci said "Getting to direct Hairspray has been a dream of mine since I first listened to the soundtrack 10 years ago. I am thankful to the Adelaide Youth Theatre for this opportunity."

Stand out moments in this production were the finale when The Corny Collins show girls danced in the audience, performing a choreographed routine. This is the first production I've seen that happen in. When Tracey (Martino-Williams) sang 'I Can Hear The Bells', her voice is amazing and the on-screen images were very amusing. Seaweed (Josh Angeles) is an incredible dancer and was easily the star of this production. He has a huge career ahead of him in the arts industry. Lil Ines (Allycia Angeles) was very professional on stage, for such a young actress to be so confident is really great to see. Motor Mouth (Marie Angeles) had her character down to the walk, talk and attitude, best character representation I've seen.

Overall Hairspray by The Australian Youth Theatre was an incredible production that cant be faulted. Well done to all the actors and look forward to seeing the Australian Youth Theatre production of Annie in January 2015.
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Why? Musical Theatre
When: Season has finished
Where: The Arts Theatre
Cost: Adult $35, Concession $25, Family $110 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
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