The production of Hairspray by Olympus High’s very talented student body was extremely entertaining as well as pleasantly surprising. Other than minor wardrobe malfunctions, the cast and crew worked together to present a very smooth performance. The tremendously talented cast had me hooked from the moment the curtain was raised. If you aren’t familiar with the musical Hairspray, allow me to fill you in. It is based around Tracy Turnblad, a big teen with a passion for dancing whose dream is to be on the iconic “Corny Collins Show”. Set in 1962, at the peak of racism, Tracy doesn’t understand why everyone can’t dance together. Hairspray shows you Tracy’s journey to stardom with all of the love, hate and hairspray in-between.
Every aspect of this play was entertaining; from the awesome sixties styled wigs, to the amazing eye-catching props. The set was very captivating, but the cast was what truly made this play extraordinary. The whole cast delivered strong vocals and amazing acting skills; in particular Hannah Cope, who played Velma Von Tussle, the plays main antagonist. during her solo she held a note that left everyone in the audience in awe. If you have seen Hairspray the movie you would know that Tracy’s mother is played by the iconic actor, John Travolta. Now you can imagine the struggle it was to find someone to fill the part, but they managed to get Andrew Lloyd Hunsaker, a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. He did a tremendous job playing the role of Edna Turnblad and gave the play just what it needed.
I left the play with a skip in my step and a crazy urge to boogie! If you missed Hairspray make sure to mark your calendars for their spring production of Singing in the Rain, you won’t want to miss it! Theres no doubt about it that Olympus High students have talent, but every school has their share of crazy talented students. So I urge you to go out and support your school’s next show!