“Sensational,” said Art Samson as he left the opening performance of Theatre Ancaster’s Broadway hit Hairspray.
“Hairspray gets my Triple E rating,” added Judy Marsales. “It’s energetic, enthusiastic, and entertaining.”
Theatre Ancaster’s Hairspray is a happy, fun, upbeat show that entertains while reminding audience members that ordinary people can achieve real change in our world. In the show, the heroine with the big hair integrates a segregated teen dance show with her friends in Baltimore in 1962 without ever having a hair out of place.
Newcomer Georgette Barnswell brings down the house with her powerhouse voice, in particular when she reflects on the journey from segregation to integration in the powerful gospel-blues anthem, I Know Where I’ve Been.
“Hairspray is everything we hoped it would be,” said Gord Conroy, producer of the show.
“It’s clever and funny. Everyone loves the show. Nupi Gokhale directs, with choreography by Tina Rath and music direction and orchestra leadership by Shawn Oakes. They are a great team. We’re delighted.”
Theatre Ancaster always pulls out all the stops with their fall Broadway shows. More than 200 people are part of the production in some way.
“Our costumes by Allison Osterman and her team are superb, and our sets designed by Laura Evans and executed by Harvey Elms and his team are exactly what we needed,” said Conroy. “Agnes Niewiadomski handles the creativity needed for the props, and Al Croxall, the clever visuals. Nancy Lane heads up make-up. Lighting is by Sam Frisk, with sound design by Tristan Bernardi, and they do excellent work.
Conroy said more than 2,000 people of all ages have already seen the show.
Hairspray may indeed surpass Theatre Ancaster’s other blockbuster hits like Joseph, Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz.
Theatre Ancaster’s partnership with Ancaster High School and the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board is a wonderful one, said Conroy, allowing creative opportunities for children, teens and adults, and providing quality entertainment for the extended community.
Performances continue this weekend on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. The show concludes next weekend with Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. and two performances on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 and 8:00 p.m. Adults $28; seniors $23; students and children $12.
The box office in the west wing foyer at Ancaster High, 374 Jerseyville Rd W., is open weeknights from 6-8 p.m. and two hours before each weekend performance.