Hairspray

Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th February 2016 

London Oratory School Theatre

Director: Damian Sandys
Musical Director: Christopher Peake
Choreographer: Della Bhujoo

Read the NODA review
Read the Musical Theatre Musings review


About the show

It's 1962; the 50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, 'The Corny Collins Show' and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can an unlikely trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the programme's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do? Only in Hairspray! 

Welcome to the '60s everyone... You Can't Stop the Beat, because Good Morning, Baltimore, here we come!

Take a look at our fabulous Hairspray cast: 

Tracy Turnblad - Melissa Cox
Edna Turnblad - Sam Benton
Velma Von Tussle - Cassie Pearson
Penny Pingleton - Rachel Kitchen
Amber Von Tussle - Sarah Thatcher
Link Larkin - Jeremy Roberts
Seaweed J Stubbs - Kob Yeboah
Wilbur Turnblad - Will Prescott
Corny Collins - Jaco Botha
Little Inez - Aimee Bevan
Motormouth Maybelle - Chardine Wadley

The Dynamites
Grace Fernandez, Bianca Lloyd-King and Nicole Seymour

Council Members
Brad - Jack Beedle
Sketch - Jon Haines
Bobby - Nick Dore
IQ - Freddy Bowen
Fender - Adam Walker
Shelley - Emily Bowers
Judy - Michelle Remnant
Lucille - Kimi Green 
Tammy - Eloise Horton 
Aimee - Kim Schenkelaars
Lois - Lauren O'Mara
Brenda - Rebecca Sweeney

Seaweed's Gang                      
Lorraine - Ashh Blackwood
Duane -  Daniel Haswell
Cynthia - Florence Akano
Cindy Watkins - Harriet O'Grady
Gilbert - Tyrone Haywood

Ensemble
Russell Hughes, Aimee Parnell, Lorna Celiku, Jamie Miller, Sarah Norton, Matt Hothershall, Caroline Steer, Nicola Roscoe, Sally Reeve



Show Reviews

“Cygnet Players should once again be rightly proud of what they achieved with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Comedy is notoriously difficult to do well but they sailed through this with ease, giving us frequent laughs, toe-tapping dance routines and left me wanting to download the cast recording so I could re-live some of the numbers.”

 “Rachel Kitchen’s portrayal of Jolene was one of the highlights of the show for me. She had great energy and led the number Oklahoma brilliantly.”

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

“Jonny Clines as the leading con man was suave and projected the regal feel essential for his unlikely background as a deposed prince … His rendition of ‘Love sneaks in’ was the musical highlight of the show.”

“Charlotte Donald, a superb dancer as well as an excellent singer, was perfect for the part giving it real presence.”

Tony Sweeney
NODA Review

“The highlight is Hughes as Freddy ... so very natural and understated in the role that it is perfectly pitched. From rookie swindler, to devastated sufferer of Dance Fever, to PC-challenging Ruprecht, each role is effortlessly portrayed with comic timing to boot.”

“What I really enjoyed ... was the amount of dance and ensemble movement ... Choreographer Kim Schenkelaars created simple, beautiful routines that seamlessly complemented the songs.”

"Cygnet Players have once again charmed me with their simple and precise portrayal of a show.”

From the House Seats Review

“The comedy duo that really came into their own during act two was Katy Thompson and Russell Bramley. They were perfect together, and their post-coital scene on the balcony was laugh-out-loud funny. Russell particularly had exceptional comic timing throughout.”

“I also absolutely adored all the costumes. The whole show was a rainbow of colour.”

Jess Pether
Sardines Review

"Rachel Kitchen (Elle) was ideal for the role and her transformation from a blonde airhead to a strong savvy woman really gave the show backbone and was delivered to perfection"

Tony Sweeney
NODA Review

"Kate Chesworth played the comedic role of Paulette and this was an example of perfect casting. Her facial expressions alone had me laughing along with Paulette, with the Irish section in Legally Blonde remix being a perfect example."

"This is a fun production which is worth seeing for Rachel Kitchen as Elle alone. It stays true to the spirit of Legally Blonde and they balance the froth on the surface well with its true message of looking beneath the surface. Well done to all at Cygnet players for another success!"

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"It really was a bright and lively piece, which sits up there with several previous Cygnets shows."

"The show's final number, 'Look at me', left me in tears - these three ladies were a true triumph and all equally impressive."

"The production line of outstanding productions continues apace. Congratulations to all involved."

Steve Macvicar
NODA Review

"The was an excellent production of a technically complex show, and should be considered a great achievement for this rapidly expanding company."

"Charlotte Donald, Helen Burgess-Bartlett and Rhian Roberts effectively owned the stage each time they appeared, ensuring all eyes were upon them, and playing off each other very effectively."

Chris Abbott
Sardines Review

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