Portlaoise girls stage Hairspray musical

Rehearsals for Scoil Chr�ost R�'s musical 'You Can't Stop the Music'
The excitement is at fever pitch for Scoil Chríost Rí Transition Year students as tonight the curtain will rise for ‘You Can’t Stop the Music’.

The excitement is at fever pitch for Scoil Chríost Rí Transition Year students as tonight the curtain will rise for ‘You Can’t Stop the Music’.

The show, adapted from the musical Hairspray, is bursting with 1960s Motown style tunes, fun and energy, with a positive message against racial discrimination.

With daily rehearsals last week, the whole school is buzzing with excitement, says TY co-ordinator Ann Dollard.

“The show is really upbeat and colourful. Rehearsals are going fantastically, all the other classes are looking in to get a sneak preview. The girls are building a great sense of confidence, though they are getting a bit apprehensive for opening night,” she said.

Playing the lead of feisty teen dancer Tracy Turnblad is Maeve Mannion, with Alannah O’Toole as smarmy TV host Corny Collins, and Kate Deegan playing Tracy’s mom.

Musical director is Karen Hackett who runs the stage school Curtain Call.

Ashling Breen is choreographer, and past pupil Sharon Preston is helping out with hair and make-up.

“The girls are really enjoying trying on the costumes, hair and make-up, and Josie Keane from Portlaoise Panto is helping with the costumes, while all the staff are on board helping too,” said Ms Dollard.

Hairspray is an award winning Broadway musical set in early sixties in the USA.

Plump teen Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When she wins a role, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and then launches a campaign against the racial segregation she finds on the show.

‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’, runs in the Dunamaise Theatre Portlaoise from Tuesday to Thursday, February 10 to 12, at 7.30pm, open to the public.

Matinee for primary schools and TY students is on at 10.30am on the same days.

For tickets call the Dunamaise box office, 8663355.

€12 for adults, €10 for students, €4 for matinee.