The holiday season in Kingston takes on a bit of a different meaning to me each year. When some people are hanging up lights and out at malls, I can only think about one thing – high school production season.
Monday, I got the chance to preview Regiopolis-Notre Dame’s production of Hairspray, and if I could borrow a line from Tracy Turnblad herself, the show is “afrotastic”!
While this is the school’s most vibrant show in a few years (Les Miserables was put on in 2009 and Fiddler on the Roof in 2008), it also takes on the role of Kingston’s first production of Hairspray.
Although I wasn’t around back then, the show is exactly what I feel like the sixties was all about: fun, vibrant, and had wicked dancing and music. It was easy to see just how much the cast loved what they were doing up there, which in my opinion, helps the show be so much better (because who really wants to see a show when the heroine isn’t enjoying herself).
Hairspray, which was both a movie (released in 1988 and 2009) and a Broadway musical, is set in 1960’s Baltimore, a time of values, and a time for change. Overnight a plus-sized girl, Tracy Turnblad, becomes a teen sensation when she appears on the local “Corny Collins Show”, but can she take out the show’s reigning princess and fight for equality while maintaining her hair?
Hairspray runs Wednesday, December 14th to Saturday, December 17th at 7:00 pm with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm at Regiopolis-Notre Dame, 130 Russell Street. You can visit http://www.reginotredame.ca/ for more information.
- submitted by Kylie Allport