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The copyright owners of the musical Hairspray released the junior version suitable for schools and youth theatre groups a few years ago. The theatre show is based on the outrageous movie musical from 2007, starring John Travolta, Zac Efron and Michelle Pfieffer to name a few. It is a popular production to undertake as the cast has a variety of characters, both male and female and can accommodate a large chorus. So it was a fitting choice for local amateur company, Adelaide Youth Theatre in their September school holiday production.

This theatre company supports Adelaide youth who are wanting to be involved in and learn skills in the performing arts. The company is open to members who are under 18 years. I forgot to ask how many were involved in this production but I would say at a guess probably all of them as there are two sets of casts who take turns to do performances. At times, the stage looked a little crowded but these moments were not for long. The props and stage scenery were excellent and really added to the performance. As were the bright a colourful costumes that looked appealing to a young audience.

Adelaide Youth Theatre, Hairspary Jr.
Image by Kat May

On the day I attended, the lead character of Tracey was played by Holly Abbott and what a great job she did. Her diction with American accent went well and she was bright and bubbly. She kept the show moving along. Her Mum, Edna, was played by Justin Maddern. Now he is not such a good singer, but the audience didn't mind as he stepped into and made the character lovable in his own way.

Adelaide Youth Theatre, Hairspary Jr.
Image by Kat May

Speaking of charming, I would have to now introduce Penny, Tracy's best friend, played by Grace Colsey. The duet with her new love interest (played by Genesis Holt), captured the audience. The only problem here was at the side seats this was hard to see some acting with actors backs to the viewers. Simply divine is my summary of Erica Obur in her role of Motormouth. I hope she continues her acting.

Adelaide Youth Theatre, Hairspary Jr.
Simply charming. Image by Kat May

Now to the boys. I was pleasantly surprised that this company has a good selection of male youth who are interested in acting and singing. In some, you can see the future in their every move. Nathan Stafford was born to be on stage and made us laugh with his portrayal of the slick character Link. All the boys in the show did an excellent job. The dancing was good and they balanced the show well. More importantly, they are not afraid or shy to strut the stage. The cast had many main characters. Alas, I cannot mention them all.

Overall, the entire cast throughout the performance had engaging smiles. I noticed that. They were having a good time and wanted their audience to enjoy the show. And for a kids show, let me say, I had a better time than at many adult shows I have attended and almost walked out. The costumes were a credit to the crew. The black and white dresses for one scene were creative and effective.

Adelaide Youth Theatre, Hairspary Jr.
The black and whiite costume scene was a visual spectactular. Image by Kat May.

Adelaide Youth Theatre puts on a show three times a year. All shows have open auditions, so non- members are invited to audition. For anyone interested in joining the company who are based in Croydon, please contact the email below, They hold regular workshops in theatre craft and it is social outing for the kids who are members. For every show season, they always do a show for special needs kids where lights and facilities are catered to the special audience.

Congratulations to all involved in a fabulous show. I highly recommend you take your family to see their next production in January.

Adelaide Youth Theatre, Hairspary Jr.
Image by Kat May

Kat May attended as a guest.
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Where: This show is now over. See facebook page for next musical.
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