Date 4th November 2015
Society Curtain Call Productions
Venue Crewe Lyceum
Type of Production Musical
Director Joel Montague
Musical Director Malcolm Forbes-Peckham
Choreographer Joel Montague


Author: Peter Johnson

It’s wonderful to know there are societies prepared to take on not only a challenge, but also recently released shows packed with vibrant colours costumes set and energy and Hairspray is one of those. To attempt these challenges you need commitment from all quarters, production team’s stage crews and cast alike, rest assured this society had it all in abundance. The musical numbers throughout the show were excellent under the direction of Malcolm Forbes – Peckham. Tracey Turnblad (Lianne Lewis) bubbly energetic full of character with more than enough energy to sing and dance some outstanding numbers well done. Edna Turnblad (Steven Coles) A west end performance of the highest possible standard the characterisation you captured in this role was outstanding showing every emotion it was wonderful to see an Edna who could dance totally capturing the whole performance extremely well done. Wilber Turnblad (Rob Earle) I would liked to have seen a softer side to this character culminating in a stronger more enthusiastic loving husband when you did the duet you’re timeless to me. Link Larkin (Sean Hargreaves) more than an integral part of the show brilliantly executed with an amazing voice linking, excuse the pun with Tracey well done. Corny Collins (Benjamin Stubbs) strong characterisation fighting of the pressure from Velma and Amber Von Tussle (Debbie Cornock and Beth Kerrington) respectively who both gave extremely wonderful performances both with their acting and singing ability adding to a very strong cast well done. Motormouth Maybelle (Ejiro Melkam) powerful personality with an amazing soulful singing voice. Seaweed J Stubbs (Jacob McIntosh) comical, lyrical, fabulous dancer fitting against Penny Lou. Pingleton (Rachael Clifford) who also gave an extremely comical performance working so well with Seaweed, well done to you both. Prudy Pingleton (Barbara Tomlinson) an over bearing mother delivering another comical and strong performance. Gym Teacher (Rhianne Stubbs) showing how to play a cameo role with without detracting from the principals so funny. Matron (Caroline Coles) strong fierce performance good song and dance routine had the audience in fits of laughter. Both ensembles delivered fantastic pieces song and dance in all of their numbers. The outstanding feature in this show was the choreography albeit a stage packed with cast and ensemble alike the positioning and routines throughout were incredible fast and slick. Overall an absolutely fantastic show enjoyed by a thoroughly engaged audience.

Footnote: The sound system from a professional theatre was appalling all credit to the cast for delivering such an excellent in spite of this.  

Many thanks for the hospitality shown to me and the new Noda rep Barry Dilworth