Hairspray

Date 20th March 2015
Society Dundee Operatic Society
Venue Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
Type of Production Musical
Director Ross Lesslie
Musical Director Richard Waghorn
Choreographer Ross Lesslie

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Author: Roger D. Buist

It was an absolute delight to find out that this modern show was proving popular with Dundee audiences and packing them in at the theatre because this society well and truly deserved it. Obviously a lot of hard work had gone into this production and the young company excelled themselves as they danced and sang their hearts out. Ross Lesslie brought to the stage a slick, colourful, dynamic, and vibrant production and, as well as directing and choreographing the show, designed and built the stage sets! Elaine Scougal turned in an exhilarating performance playing the huge role of Tracey Turnblad and, seldom off the stage, sallied forth with a performance showing her versatility in playing this role. Suitably padded, Gavin White in the drag role of Mum Edna, looked to be enjoying the experience as he quipped his way throughout the show. Playing with the experienced Sinclair Ross, as husband Wilbur, both gave a superb rendition of “You’re Timeless To Me” and deserved their rapturous applause. Ryan Milne’s Link Larkin was every inch the TV heart-throb he was meant to be – pounding hearts on stage and probably the audience, too! Scott McRuvie was a smiling, beguiling TV host Corny Collins, and Susan Robertson was at her best as the stroppy TV producer Velma von Tussle with her equally stroppy daughter, Amber, played by Eilidh Robertson. Raymond Wood (Seaweed), Chloe Anderson (Penny) and Fiona McRobbie (Motormouth Maybelle) all gave strong performances in a principal cast too large to name. DOS you should be proud of your achievement – you didn’t stop the beat!