Musical extravaganza as Roscommon Community College pupils take to the stage in ‘Hairspray – The Musical’

You couldn’t stop the beat in Roscommon Arts Centre last week as Roscommon Community College students presented a dazzling rendition of the Broadway smash-hit musical ‘Hairspray.’

  Charting the progress of one girl’s inspiring dream to dance, ‘Hairspray’ is a big, bouncy beehive of a musical, piled high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

  It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular ‘Corny Collins Show.’

  When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and promote racial integration at a TV network, all without denting her hairdo!  Welcome to the sixties!

  The winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Costume and Set Design (2003), ‘Hairspray’ attracted record crowds to a sold-out Roscommon Arts Centre.

            Cast and crew delighted in a triumphant run, opening with Wednesday’s matinee performance and climaxing with a magnificent finale on Saturday night. 

  A glittering cast charmed the audience with each performance as a spectacular show was enjoyed by all.

  As an array of
toe-tapping 60’s-style numbers was delivered with zinging gusto, Tricia McDermott’s choreography (The McDermott School of Classical Ballet and Dance) remained the pulsing heartbeat of the show, ensuring maximum momentum and impressively complemented by the expertise of the sound/lighting technicians and set designers.

  The youthful cast of this smash-hit musical has been enthusiastically rehearsing since early August and their energetic performance of this effervescent pop musical has certainly captured the social upheaval of the swinging sixties in general, and the civil rights movement in particular.

  In the lead role of Tracy Turnblad was Roscommon native Jade Grehan and Sean Egan stole the show as Tracy’s mother Edna Turnblad.  Clodagh Beatty enjoyed a star turn as Velma Von Tussle, while Conor O’Dea excelled in the role of heartthrob Link Larkin.

  As confirmed by the rapturous applause of the audience, this is just a snapshot of the exceptional performances delivered by a stellar cast on a nightly basis.

  As the curtain fell for the final time in Roscommon Arts Centre, somehow we all got the feeling that, with this all-singing and all-dancing ensemble, we could soon look forward to yet another electrifying extravaganza of song and dance.

  If recent performances of ‘Hairspray’ are anything to go by, we certainly won’t be disappointed!