All play centre part in musical magic
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