Hairspray: The Musical -presented by HS Jan van Riebeeck and the Baxter Theatre, in collaboration with Cape Town Theatre Company and DALRO

What: Hairspray: The Musical #Hairspray
When: May 4-7, 2022
Where: Baxter Theatre
Tickets: R180-R200
Bookings: Webtickets
Direct booking link: https://bit.ly/3LxZFQv
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (including a 15 min interval)
Presented by: HS Jan van Riebeeck and the Baxter Theatre, in collaboration with Cape Town Theatre Company and DALRO Parking: Off-street parking available
Wheelchair access: Yes
Directors: Rushney Ferguson and Regina R. Malan
Choreographers: Rushney Ferguson and Alex Rodkin
Info: Stephan Fourie by e-mail: productions@capetowntheatrecompany.org  

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With the onslaught of the pandemic, it has been a while since we have seen a big musical, presented in epic form, on stage in Cape Town, with a live orchestra. Exciting news is that Hairspray – The Musical – is happening – live- on stage -May 4-7, 2022. Hairspray is being presented by HS Jan van Riebeeck and the Baxter Theatre, in collaboration with Cape Town Theatre Company and DALRO. Hairspray is a “musical extravaganza” and this production has a cast numbering almost 60 and a large orchestra.  With seating numbers limited, during Covid, it is not financially viable for producers in mainstream theatre, to stage big musicals as they are unable to recoup substantial costs for production rights, costs and fees for performers. In the time of the pandemic and lockdown, schools and community theatre groups have been keeping the musical theatre flag flying. This production of Hairspray is a thrilling collab. It is a musical, brimming with universal themes –identity, racial and social discrimination, belonging, body positivity- and much more. The creative team includes acclaimed theatre makers, Rushney Ferguson and Regina R. Malan. There are only four performances. Info as supplied:

Hit musical extravaganza warms up Cape Town this autumn – May 2022


This production of Hairspray, marks the first grand scale musical in recent years, by the prestigious art school Jan van Riebeeck High School and serves as the next step in its dedication towards the arts and development of South Africa’s promising young theatre makers. The school is presenting the popular, in collaboration with the Cape Town Theatre Company and Dalro from May 4-7, 2022 at the Baxter Theatre. With a cast of almost 60 and a full scale live orchestra, “this musical extravaganza promises to hail back to a time before lockdowns and social distancing, a time when theatre was a colourful celebration of life.”

About Hairspray- the musical

Do you love bright costumes, magnificent hairstyles, and catchy tunes? Then this heart-warming show, filled with family-fun and a beautiful message, is for you. The setting is 1962 in Baltimore America and all Tracy Turblad and her big hair wants, is to dance. Even though her mother forbids it, she dreams of dancing on the amazing The Corny Collins Show. The problem with this dream is that she is not as popular, slender or ‘cool’ as the so-called favourite, Amber von Tussle. To top it all, Tracy supports racial integration during a time when Baltimore is still fraught with discrimination. However, this does not stop our plucky leading lady from achieving her goals. With the help of friends, Penny Pingleton and Seaweed J. Stubbs, and her ever-growing crush on dreamy Link Larkin. She defies all odds and lands her big break and istantly becoming a local celebrity. Tracy uses her new-found fame for good. Teaming up with the legendary Motormouth Maybelle, they advocate for racial integration on the show. It is a steep uphill battle, but she doesn’t give up. Tracy and her new friends will not stop fighting until they change the world for the better.

Covid protocols


The production team is committed to observing strict Covid protocols: “We ask that audience members please respect social distancing measures and that masks are worn where possible. All audience members will be subject to temperature checks before entering the venue and are requested to use our sanitizer. We value our patrons and will do everything in our power to keep our cast, crew and audience safe.”

SHOW DETAILS  

Hairspray- the musical #Hairspray  

When and where: May 4-7, 2022 at the Baxter Theatre
Bookings: Webtickets
Direct booking link: https://bit.ly/3LxZFQv
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (including a 15 min interval)
Ticket price: R180-R200
Presented by: HS Jan van Riebeeck and the Baxter Theatre, in collaboration with Cape Town Theatre Company and DALRO  

Performance times:  

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 7pm
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 7pm
Friday, May 6,  2022, 7pm
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 7pm  

Booking platform: Webtickets
Booking link: https://bit.ly/3LxZFQv
Baxter website: http://www.baxter.co.za
Parking: Off-street parking available
Wheelchair access: Yes

PRODUCTION TEAM  

Directors: Rushney Ferguson and Regina R. Malan
Choreographers: Rushney Ferguson and Alex Rodkin
Producer: Geruan Geldenhuys for Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck
Musical director: Regina Malan
Dialogue coach: Linda van der Walt
Stage manager and props: Morag Tison
Set and creative design: Cape Town Theatre Company  

CAST  

Tracy Turnblad: Marilé Engelbrecht     
Link Larkin: Lu-wyk Steyn         
Corny Collins: Simon van der Berg      
Corny Collins-understudy /Mr Pinky/IQ: Gideon van Zyl   
Motormouth Maybelle: Phumie Oliphant        
Seaweed J. Stubbs: Amuran Bester    
Edna Turnblad: Giulia Nel
Wilbur Turnblad: Phillip Herbst  
Amber von Tussle: Daniella Coetzee
Velma von Tussle: Ankia Erasmus  
Prudy Pingleton: Nina Crouse   
Little Inez A/Dynamite B: Ayden Februarie
Dynamites A: Onela Mnyengeza
Little Inez B/Dynamite A: Simone Jacobs      
Dynamites: Logan Hoogboord    
Dynamites B: Nadia Manuel      
Ms Spritzer/Beatnik chick: Hanje Hattingh    
Principal/gym teacher: Mieke Strydom
Matron: Natasha Roos       

ENSEMBLE  

Cindy Watkins: Lebu Salimani
Loraine: Onela Roxo       
Stooie/jail bird: Donnagene Lings
Kamilah/jail bird: Keena Humphreys
Judine: Shemuella Mars  
Shayna/ jail bird: Stacey-Lee Hurling   
Janice: Sarah Peters
Teresa: Asanda Sibisi      
Ruth/ jail bird: Nia Dookins        
Gilbert/ jogger: Adam Liebenberg        
Duan/gentleman: Ethan Pieterse
Becky: Mia Voster 
Tammy: Karu Rademyer  
Fender: Alexia Selzer       
Brenda: Kristy Stipp         
Sketch: Bea Orffer
Shelly: Carla van den Berg        
Lou Ann: Luca Zulch       
Doreen: Mia van den Berg
Mean girl/council mom: Clarise Strydom       
Mean girl/guard: Lara-Lisa Senekal     
Mean girl/jail bird: Carla Snijders        
Flower seller/assistant: Aimee Els      
Mean girl/jail bird: Tiana van den Berg
Flasher/jail bird: Nayla Walker  
Norma/jail bird: Anne Liebenberg        
Jenny/jail bird: Cloe Loots        
Blanche/council mom: Loche Mong      

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