Hairspray — student talent on show
On April 21, 22 and 23 De La Salle and OLSH Colleges presented Hairspray at The National Theatre St Kilda.
In what was a fun and colourful performance, students from both schools impressed with their big voices, on-stage presence and comic timing. The energetic score was played live by music students from De La Salle and OLSH, under the guidance of Ms Cindy Frost, De La Salle College Music Coordinator. Highlights included Mama I’m a Big Girl Now, Big, Blonde and Beautiful, Big Doll House and I know Where I’ve Been, all matched with superb vocals from the cast.
The choreography, costumes and sets embraced the ‘60s setting of the play and created the backdrop for the melting pot of gender and race themes throughout. Students handled the more difficult themes Hairspray confronts with a big dose of sense of humour and a dash of stage attitude. As tradition dictates, the role of Tracey’s mother was played my a male student, with plenty of laughs generated by the deep-voiced, curler-wearing Edna, who had the crowd in stitches as she howled from ‘gaol’ in her big voice that “we are all women here”.
Congratulations to everyone involved. A production of this size takes a huge amount of work and staff, students, parents and volunteers all worked together on costumes, makeup, choreography lighting and all elements of theatre production to produce the show.