Hairspray Adelaide Cast Announced

Following a Facebook Post from Producer/director Matt Byrne the news of the 2012 Adelaide Cast is now available for MBM's SA Premiere production of Hairspray.

"We had a fantastic rollup for Auditions and have managed to cast the entire show," Byrne said. "We are blessed to have David Gauci who understudied Edna Turnblad in the professional Australian production, back in town to put his stamp on the role."

Bryne went onto write that this would be the largest cast he had ever announced for a MBM production. "The leads are fantastic, the ensemble first class and what is particularly pleasing is the casting of a number of wonderful black performers in the show," he said.

Hairspray, based on the 1988 film by John Waters, is a musical by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan.

Set in 1962 Maryland, it tells the story of plump teenager Tracy Turnblad, and her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show.
When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and launches a campaign to racially integrate the show.

Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

Songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues, from Welcome To The 60s to You Can't Stop The Beat.
"This production will owe a lot more to the original Broadway show than the recent Australian production." Byrne said.
Byrne will produce and direct Hairspray with Rodney Hrvatin as Musical Director and Sue Pole as Choreographer.

After a full on weekend of auditions and a few late nights of Facebook updates and much congratulating the Adelaide cast has finally been announced.


Tracy Turnblad - Michelle Davy
Edna Turnblad - David Gauci
Wilbur Turnblad - Brendan Cooney
Motormouth Maybelle - Lisa Simonetti
Penny Pingleton - Kat Sachse
Corny Collins - Josh Penley
Seaweed J. Stubbs - Igor Igiraneza
Link Larkin - Brady Lloyd
Velma Von tussle - Shelley Crooks
Amber Von Tussle - Danae Lloyd
Sketch - Sam Davy
Lou Ann - Nicole Hartnett
Brad - Dominic Hodges
Fender - Lindsay Prodea
Tammy - Catherine Hancock
Brenda - Roxanne Giovannucci
Shelley - Kate Dempsey
IQ - Dirk Strachan-Thornton
Lil Inez - Diane "Dee" Kalei
Cindy Watkins - Paulini Masika

Dynamites - Alisa James, Hayley Wolfendale, Holly Hodges

Mr. Pinky - Callum Piotr Byrne
Al Catraz (Guard) - Gavin Cianci
Principal Hardarse - Paul Glover
Harriman F. Spritzer - Matt Byrne
Prudy Pingleton - Fiona Aitken
Beryl Bleacher (Gym Mistress) - Kim York
Matron Wanda Bras - Ann Laing

Black Guys Ensemble - Issami Siraji, Jacob Stavrakis, Travis Kulinicz, Jamie Keers
Black Girls Ensemble - Saravy Pring, Bianca Levai, Shanice Allen, Rachael Blackman, Cassandra Granchi, Dania Habimana, Mauwana-Grace Gray
Young White Female Ensemble - Sophie Hamilton, Amy Klar, Alexandra Blue, Sophia Dimopoulos, Samantha Hayes, Millie Macadam (also Tracy Understudy), Belinda Knott
Young White Male Ensemble - Ian Buxton, Andrew Freeborn
Mature Male Ensemble - Russell Ford, Gus Smith, Reg Hamlyn
Mature Female Ensemble - Joanne Boots, Jacinta Vistoli, Merrilyn Greer, Paula Preston, Katherine Chase, Marika

When / Where: July 4-7 & 10-14 at the Arts Theatre
When / Where: July 19-21 & 26-28 at Elizabeth's Shedley Theatre at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinees on July 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 2 p.m.
Prices: Adults $30 / Concession $25 / Groups $28 & $22 for 10 or more.
Bookings: on 8262 4906 (No Booking Fee) 
Bass on 131 246,
VenueTix on 8225 8888 (Agency Fees Apply)