You can’t stop the beat...St Columba’s ‘Hairspray’ rocks!

St Columba’s production of the hit musical ‘Hairspray’ has transformed Ballybofey into downtown Baltimore in the 1960s.

St Columba’s production of the hit musical ‘Hairspray’ has transformed Ballybofey into downtown Baltimore in the 1960s.

This fantastic show by the Stranorlar students is another great production that will be remembered for years to come!

‘Hairspray’ is the story of Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenager with attitude who makes all the right moves and is obsessed with the ‘Corny Collins Show’. Every day after school she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the local teen idol, Link Larkin, much to Tracy’s mother Edna’s dismay.

After one of the stars of the show leaves, auditions are held to find the next star of the ‘Corny Collins Show’. With the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil producer, Velma Von Tussle and her daughter, Amber. Tracy decided that it’s not fair that the coloured kids can only dance on the ‘Corny Collins Show’ once a month and with the help of her friends she integrates the show and shows everyone in Baltimore that being different is something to be celebrated.

John Waters wrote and directed comedy film Hairspray which starred Rikki Lake and was a big hit in 1988.

When the stage musical opened on Broadway in 2002, it shook the world of musical theatre by winning eight of the thirteen Tonys it was nominated for. The show ran to full houses for more than 2,5000 performances on Broadway.

From there, ‘Hairspray’ crossed the Atlantic to run in London’s West End where it won a record breaking number of Olivier Awards.

The 2007 film of the musical - starring Nikki Blonksy as Tracy, John Travolta as Edna, Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron and Christopher Walken - become a worldwide sensation.

Directed by Ms Nicola Roache and Caroline Bell, the production showcases the outstanding talents of the St Columba’s students, many of whom are no strangers to the stage, having starred in previous musicals and other local productions.

The leading role, Tracy Turnblad, is taken by Danielle Logue. Tracy’s shy and plus-sized mother is played by Michael Duffy while Tracy’s love interest, Link, is played by Patrick McMenamin.The leads are ably supported by an ensemble of approximately 40 very talented singers and dancers.

Tickets are €12 for adults,students and children €6, from the Balor box office on 074 913 1840.

There are only two shows left, tonight and tomorrow night. So, go on, indulge yourself in a little ‘Hairspray’ while you still can!