Toe-tapping songs? Check. Talented performers? check. A lively show? Check. Yep, Hairspray at the Lichfield Garrick had all the ingredients of a great night out.
The production, by the Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company (SCMTC), kicked off a five night run in fine style in front of a packed house.
It’s always ambitious tackling a well-known musical, particularly one made popular on film. But SCMTC showed why you can’t beat a live performance on the big stage.
A talented cast, led by Kitty Roberts as Tracy Turnblad, produced an energetic showing full of perfectly choreographed routines and powerful vocal performances.
Set in the 1960s, the dream of dancing on the Corny Collins Show becomes a reality for teenager Tracy when a school detention becomes an improptu dance lesson.
Although the larger than life characters and swinging sixties costumes lean towards a light-hearted night out, Hairspray does have a more serious undertone as the lead character attempts to advocate for more racial integration on TV, sparking bullying and scrutiny, which she battles to overcome.
Kitty Roberts produces a powerful performance in the lead role, but is ably assisted by Adam Coultard as hearthrob Link Larkin, Patrick Jarvis as Corny Collins and Mark Skett, performing the Harispray tradition of a male actor as Edna Turnblad.
But special mention goes to Marsha Webbe, as Motormouth Maybelle, with a vocal performance that really packed a punch.
With any theatre show, it’s the cast who take the plaudits, but special mention has to go to the team behind the scenes, including director Sally Baxter, musical director Sheila Pearson and choreographer Maggie Jackson.
Taking on a five-night run is some undertaking, but with the remaining performances on the way to being a sell-out it’s clear that SCMTC have developed a reputation for polished productions and a loyal following.
Only a handful of tickets remain – get one while you can!
Hairspray runs at the Garrick until June 4. For ticket availability go online or call 01543 412121.