Students stage Hairspray
Going ‘over the top’ with ’07 US teen culture musical
The hair and the ‘60s culture, including musical turf wars between the white and black community, are being brought to the centre stage in Queenstown this week with the Wakatipu High School presenting the musical Hairspray.
After weeks of rehearsals, dance lessons and costume designing, students will show off their singing and dancing skills at the Queenstown Memorial Hall tomorrow for the opening night of the production.
Director Kate Moetaua said the audience could expect the show to be ‘‘stereotypical and overthe-top’’, like on the movie screen and Broadway.
After waiting patiently the school was finally able to bring the story, made famous with the 2007 movie featuring John Travolta, to the stage.
‘‘We’ve been wanting to do it for ages and the licensing rights just came up for schools,’’ Moetaua said.
Set in the 60s - where there were white television music channels and R n’ B groups emerging - the production would showcase a cross of music and dance styles.
Like in the movie, where Travolta plays mother Edna Turnblad, student Esmond
Hairspray, Paterson has been cast in the female role.
The crew was made up of 65 cast members and 50 production crew and year 13 student Nikau Stuart, 17, was assigned to take on the task of choreography.
Stuart, who has been involved in jazz dancing for over 10 years, said the hardest part of the job was teaching those who did not have a dance background. It was the second time she had choreographed.
While the ‘‘Corney Collins Kids’’ (or the white group) had tight, controlled dance movements, the ‘‘Seaweed Crew’’ were more loose upbeat, Stuart said.
‘‘There’s a little bit of everything,’’ she said.
Dance team: Wakatipu Year 13 student Nikau Stuart, left, has been given the job of choreography this year’s school production
which involves working with the Hairspray dancers, Brehna Williams and Elise Streat, front row, Nigella Woodham, Amelia Hamilton and Poppy Lake, middle row, Petra Simpson, Sienna Strachan, Maddie McLean, Brydie MacBeth and Lucy Wood, back row.