“Hairspray” the musical to rock Ballyshannon

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

After weeks of constant rehearsal and even missing Ireland’s historic qualifiers in the European Championships the students of one south Donegal college are all set to rock with their production of the 8 - time Tony Award winning musical - “Hairspray.

After weeks of constant rehearsal and even missing Ireland’s historic qualifiers in the European Championships the students of one south Donegal college are all set to rock with their production of the 8 - time Tony Award winning musical - “Hairspray.

With the musical only a week away, the excitement in Colaiste Colmchille in Ballyshannon is at an all-time high where the students have left nothing to chance ensuring that this is going to be one of the most spectacular shows that Ballyshannon has experienced in quite some time.

A spectacular new set has been built and the impressive backdrops are just being completed and now the students are waiting for their big moment in the spotlight to shine and with over one-hundred and fifty students involved, it’s sure to be a great energetic experience.

The show which includes 1960’s - style dance music is based on the plump teenager Tracy Tumblad’s dream to dance on the Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance programme. When Tracey wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and goes on to launch a campaign to integrate the show.

“Hairspray” is a social commentary of the injustices of parts of American society in the early ‘60’s.

All those involved in the Ballyshannon production are working non-stop to achieve the 110% that’s needed for perfection which the discerning audiences in Ballyshannon are now accustomed to.

One of our lead actresses Amy Gormely who plays Velma Von Tussle in “Hairspray” has described one of her costumes to us. She described it as a full-skirted shoulder-less dress with a sophisticated floral style.

When we went to our choreographer Julianne Murphy to ask her how she felt about how the dancing was coming along she told us “Rehearsals during the Halloween mid-term have proved to be invaluable as the dancing has come on immensely and all that’s left to do is a bit of tweaking here and there!!! All the dancers have put in so much hard work and it’s been a pleasure working with this lively bunch.”

Tickets are now on sale at lunch times from 12:15-1:30 every day for members of the public. Saturday night and Friday night are proving extremely popular and those interested in getting their tickets they are advised to call the ticket lines without delay.

The students would like to take this opportunity of thanking all their sponsors and everybody who has helped out in any way. Tickets can also be ordered by telephoning the office at 071 9858288 or 086 8330516 at any time.