All play cen­tre part in mu­si­cal magic

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CAST of 40 per­form­ers have been hard at work on the hit mu­si­cal Hair­spray for Spot­light The­atri­cal Com­pany’s Gold Coast au­di­ences ahead of the show’s pre­miere to­mor­row night.

Kim Reynolds, who brought the con­tem­po­rary hits Av­enue Q and Seussical The Mu­si­cal to Spot­light, di­rects the hit which started life as a cult 1980s film, be­fore its re­boot for new au­di­ences five years ago and later adaptation to in­ter­na­tional stage hit.

Hair­spray fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of the pleas­antly plump teenager Tracy Turn­blad as she teaches 1962 Bal­ti­more a thing or two about in­te­gra­tion af­ter land­ing a spot on a lo­cal TV dance show.

In the process, she van­quishes a mean-girl dance show neme­sis, wins the heart of a TV heart-throb and be­comes a house­hold name.

Gold Coast teen Jacquelyn Point­ing plays Tracy, a role made fa­mous first by the US ac­tress Ricki Lake and then by Nikki Blon­sky in the 2007 film adaptation.

Per­form­ing arts stu­dent Point­ing got her start in Spot­light’s youth the­atre pro­gram aged 13 and is now a com­pany reg­u­lar. She has ap­peared in shows in­clud­ing Boy From Oz and pan­tomimes in­clud­ing Mr Cellini’s Se­cret, Scal­ly­wags and Kolour­ful Kapers.

Gold Coast dance teacher Greta Brins­ley is cast in the role of Tracy’s neme­sis Am­ber Von Tus­sle; per­for­mance arts grad­u­ate Trymel Grif­fiths plays Mo­tor­mouth May­belle; and high school drama stu­dent Court­ney Mon­sma, last seen in All Shook Up, is Penny Pin­gle­ton. Dan Venz is Tracy’s love in­ter­est Link Larkin, with Bryn Jenke as TV host Corny Collins.

Hair­spray is based on the Newline Cinema film which was penned and di­rected by John Wa­ters from the book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Mee­han, with mu­sic by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.

Spot­light artis­tic di­rec­tor Tony Al­cock says the cast’s spir­its are high ahead of to­mor­row’s pre­miere, which fol­lows two sold­out warm-up per­for­mances for char­ity this week. ‘‘It’s pro­gress­ing re­ally nicely. It’s look­ing quite phe­nom­e­nal. And the danc­ing is su­perb. I get quite worn out just watch­ing ev­ery­one,’’ he says.

Al­cock says Hair­spray is a real show­case for its young stars, par­tic­u­larly its lead Point­ing, who is ‘‘very rarely off the stage . . .’’.

‘‘There is a cast of 40 and ev­ery one of them has four to five cos­tume changes,’’ he says.

‘‘The clos­ing num­ber is a breath-tak­ing sea of colour. Wardrobe has done an amaz­ing job.’’

opens at Spot­light The­atre to­mor­row and plays Thursdays to Satur­days at 7.30pm un­til Novem­ber 24, with 2pm mati­nees on Novem­ber 11 and 18.

Jacquelyn Point­ing, 17, stars as Tracy Turn­blad in Spot­light’s

Kim Reynolds

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