Hair-raising musical comedy at Gaiety

Lead in Hairspray

Lead in Hairspray

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Broadway’s big fat musical comedy Hairspray will hit the Gaiety Theatre stage this weekend (Saturday, June 29).

The Manx Operatic Society (MOS) will present the musical that is set in Baltimore 1962, it follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, a pleasantly plump girl who dreams of dancing on the Corny Collins Show.

When the show has an opening for a dancer, Tracey skips school with her best friend Penny to audition for the show.

Despite the frosty greeting from the show’s producer Velma Von Tussle, her daughter Amber and the rest of the council members, Tracy eventually makes the cut and becomes a council member on the show, and a step closer to her dream boy Link Larken.

Tracy, the fashion icon, then ends up in detention because of her “Ratted Hair” and a whole new world opens up to her after meeting Seaweed J Stubbs.

A world where black meets white, and so the fight for racial equality begins starting with the integration of the Corny Collins Show.

Bethany Magee, in her first leading woman role, plays Tracy Turnblad. Bethany has been involved with MOS for the last five years, and is excited to take on this iconic role.

Joe Hillard, in his first leading man role, plays Link Larken. Joe first appeared in a MOS show at the age of 10, in Scrooge.

Liam Kaneen, plays the role of Tracy’s Mother Edna Turnblad, Liam has been involved with MOS for six years after first appearing in Disco Inferno. Many of the cast appeared in The Manx Operatic Society multi-award winning show Grand Hotel last year.

MOS is pleased to welcome back a number of its established members of the society, and also welcomes some rising stars of theatre joining the society for the first time.

The Manx Operatic Society was delighted to be offered the rights for the first UK amateur production of Hairspray, it said: ‘It is a real honour for any amateur society to be trusted with the exclusive rights from a rights holder, and we hope we do them proud.

‘Hairspray is a very unique show, and was a difficult one to undertake. The show was always going to be a challenge to cast, but when we started rehearsals in February with our full cast it was a great moment!

‘We hope everyone who comes to see it will leave the theatre buzzing and singing all the way home.’

The show runs until July 6.

For tickets, which start from £22 with concessions on Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1,call the Welcome Centre in Douglas on 600555.

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