This is a dream come true says Hairspray star

Hairspray dress rehearsal:  Paul Howe as Wilbur Turnblad and Tom Clarke as Edna Turnblad
Hairspray dress rehearsal: Paul Howe as Wilbur Turnblad and Tom Clarke as Edna Turnblad
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Rehearsals are in full swing for the musical Hairspray which is being staged by Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society. This all-singing, dancing and joy-filled spectacular will be presented at St George’s Guildhall in Lynn, opening on Wednesday, April 19.

The cast is headed up by the show’s director, Sara-Jayne Brennock as Tracy Turnblad, and is a family-friendly musical piled high with laughter, romance and deliciously tuneful songs.

Sara-Jayne said it was a dream come true for her to be playing Tracy in her home town, and this time being able to take the show to new heights with her dedicated cast of talented performers.

Having performed the role before, she is desperate for people to join in the fun, love and moral integrity that Tracy Turnblad and her friends and family believe in – which is that love conquers any form of social divide.

It’s 1962 in Baltimore and Tracy Turnblad, a ‘plus-sized’ teenager with all the right moves, 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 hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy’s mother Edna’s dismay.

After one of the stars of the show leaves, auditions are held to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma.

She is soon using her new-found fame to fight for integration, with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna. But can she win equality – and Link’s hear – without denting her ‘do’?

With a cast made up of many well-known local performers, including Tom Clarke as Edna Turnblad, Hayley Dennis as Velma Von Tussle, Sophie Goodacre as her ‘teen queen’ daughter Amber, Paul Howe as Wilbur Turnblad, Steve Bond as Corny Collins and what is sure to be a highly memorable performance by Alex Raspberry as the larger than life ‘Motor Mouth’ Mable, the show is bound to leave you with faith in society, a spring in your step and singing the songs.

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Emma Small and James DeSilva are the musical directors and the show is from Wednesday, April 19, nightly at 7.30pm until Saturday, April 22, when there is also a 2.30pm matinee; for ticket bookings call the box office on 01553 764864.