Lumen in Love with Hairspray

by User Not Found May 23, 2016


Lumen Christi College students sang and danced their way to three sold out shows of the broadway musical Hairspray last week, making it the most successful production the College has ever produced. 

The story of big-haired high school student, Tracy Turnblad, overcoming prejudice to become a star on a hit TV show definitely won the hearts of local theatre goers. Played by fourteen year old Asher Harris of Harrisdale, Tracy Turnblad not only fights her own battle for acceptance, but fights for racial integration of a 1960’s TV show. 

Following tradition of the role of Edna Turnblad being played by a man, the College cast Head Boy, Jared Stephenson as Tracy’s sassy mother. Jared had audiences in fits of laughter with his flawless delivery of Edna’s snappy dialogue. Hairspray has an extremely challenging musical score. 

The discovery of the show was the soulful voice of Year 12 student, Alisha Francis, who embodied the role of Motormouth Maybelle. Alisha brought that Motown sound to the Lumen stage. Accompanied by talented students from the Lumen Christi College Swing band, Alisha amazed audiences with her mature and bluesy tones. Lumen Christi College has a long standing history of quality productions in The Arts.

 “Our last musical, Guys & Dolls, in 2014 was a smash hit, but Hairspray didn’t let us down. It was very well received by audiences and after many months of work, our students had such a wonderful time performing the show. It’s great fun and has an important message of equality and unity that makes it a significant piece of art,” says Director, Sarah Hamilton.