This version was directed and choreographed by Callum Mansfield, with Musical Direction by Dennett Hudson, based on the film by John Watters and adapted from the book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan with music and lyrics by Mark Shailman & Scott Wittman. it starred Simon Burke as Edna Turnblad, Christine Anu as Motormouth Maybelle, Lauren McKenna as Tracy Turnblad, Tim Campbell as Corny Collins, and Wayne Scott Kermond as Wilbur Turnblad.
Hairspray the Arena Spectacular featured an ensemble of children from each state performing for their state. Adelaide's show featured the up and coming future of theatre.
Artistic Director Tim O'Connor said "Giving young performers the opportunity to follow their dreams is something I'm very passionate about and Hairspray is a show about equality and inclusiveness and that's what this experience has been about for so many members of our mass ensemble."
It's 1962 and The Corny Collins Show is all the rage with the teens. Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins Show alongside her school mates.When a spot opens up, she auditions and overnight Tracy becomes a celebrity. She makes some new friends and steals the heart of dreamy Link Larkin.
The Adelaide Entertainment Centre went back to 1962 as Tracy Turnblad (McKenna) jumped out of bed and sang 'Good Morning Baltimore'. She came alive in this role and was born to play Tracy. A crowd favourite was 'Mama I'm A Big Girl Now' sung by Tracy (McKenna), Edna (Burke), Penny (Monsma), Prudy, Velma (Clark) and Amber (De Waard). Watching these three mother-daughters duos sing in unison was incredible.
The on-stage chemisty between Tracy (McKenna) and Link (Venz) was unbreakable and evidenced during Without Love. The hilarious comical antics between Edna (Burke) and Wilbur (Kermond) during 'You're Timeless to Me' had the crowd in laughter.
Motormouth Maybelle (Anu), Lil Inez (VIdya Makan) and Seaweed (Barry Conrad) rocked the stage with their determination for change, teaching Tracy a thing or two along the way. Seaweed (Conrad) and Penny (Monsma) got ready to fight the world together after Penny 'Tasted Chocolate now shes never going back'. Tim Campbell ruled the character of Corny Collins and did a great job at 'It's Hairspray' alongside the rest of the cast of The Corny Collins Show.
You have to dream big, to be big and that's exactly what more than 650 local Adelaide young stars did when they joined the cast of Hairspray in Adelaide this weekend. A huge cast worked in union producing an end result that no words would give justice to. Overall it was an incredible production. All involved deserve a huge congratulations for making it possible, 5/5 Stars.