The Union Recorder

April 26, 2012

GMC Prep takes audiences back to the ‘60s with ‘Hairspray’

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia Military College Prep School Theatre Department will present the musical ‘Hairspray’ next week, beginning Thursday. This delightful musical comedy is not only outrageously funny but it is also a show that the entire family can enjoy.

“Hairspray” is scheduled to be performed Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  at the Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts.

This rendition of “Hairspray” is based on the 2007 musical film but Musical Theatre and Fine Arts Director Mark Weaver has chosen to use a double cast so that if audiences would like to come not only once but twice, they have the chance to see a somewhat different cast.

“We wanted a high energy performance to end this spring quarter with a bang,” Weaver said. “But we didn't want to stop there our goal is to have the audiences still wanting more even after they leave!”

Both Alex Coleman and Leanna Harbor GMC Prep seniors, are the lead actresses playing the part of Tracy Turnblad, who is a pleasantly plump teenager that finds fame on the Corny Collins Show. She then uses her fame to teach Baltimore a little something about integration and her beliefs that everyone is equal.

“Tracy is so much fun and is happy all the time,” said Coleman. “She is very positive and always sees the best in people which is an admirable attribute.”

Male lead Aaron Brown, Junior at GMC Prep School who plays the part of Link does a fantastic job of embracing his character even though it is only his second performance.  “One of the biggest difficulties with this role is that I was so scared to sing in front of people,” Brown said.  “But I overcame this through encouragement from my fellow cast members because it is just one of those things you have to practice to overcome your fear.”

Together the Coleman, Harbor, and Brown will refresh audiences with their charm and chemistry just like Link and Tracy's growing love.

GMC Prep student, Junior, Donovan Spivey who plays the role of Tracy's mother, Edna Turnblad who is a loving and supportive mother to Tracy as well as her husband Wilbur, says his favorite part of the musical is “Big, Blonde and Beautiful which is an extremely funny and inspiring song!”

The entire cast is one that is remarkably funny and passionate about this musical, audiences must be warned that this musical will be will be one that they are sure to enjoy.

“This cast will sing, dance and act right into your heart,” Weaver said. “Their voices are truly jaw dropping, it adds to the musical in so many ways!”

“The most difficult part about my role is that my character is a different gender than I am,” Spivey said, “but I used John Travolta's performance in the film as a guide to how my character should be played.”

Spivey does a phenomenal job of portraying Edna Turnblad, just as the rest of the cast members, but his performance is almost identical to that of John Travolta in the musical film.

For more information call (478) 456-8024. Ticket prices are as follows General Admission is only $7 and Students with ids, from GMC, GC, JMA and BHS, are $5.