Hairspray takes hold in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 13:49 04 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:49 04 May 2015

Sophie Sawtell as Tracy Turnblad and Jon Chartres as Edna Turnblad

Sophie Sawtell as Tracy Turnblad and Jon Chartres as Edna Turnblad

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A new production of hit musical Hairspray can be seen in Potters Bar this week.

"Of all the musicals created in the last two decades, it is difficult to find a show more upbeat and life-affirming than Hairspray."

Green Room chairman Alastair Woodgate

Following its highly-acclaimed sell-out production of White Christmas last November, award-winning theatre company Green Room Productions returns to the Wyllyotts Theatre, off Darkes Lane, to present the hit Broadway and West End musical from Tuesday to Saturday, May 9.

Hairspray is the ultimate feel-good show, piled high with laughter, romance, energetic dance routines and uplifting songs.

Green Room chairman Alastair Woodgate said: “Of all the musicals created in the last two decades, it is difficult to find a show more upbeat and life-affirming than Hairspray.

“Yet while it plays for laughs most of the time, it conveys a serious message about social inclusion.”

Local girl Sophie Sawtell as Tracy TurnbladLocal girl Sophie Sawtell as Tracy Turnblad

It’s 1962. The 1950s are out and change is in the air.

Baltimore’s loveable plus-size teenager Tracy Turnblad has only one passion – to dance.

She wins a spot on the Corny Collins TV Show and overnight is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity.

But can she vanquish the programme’s reigning princess, win the boy she loves and achieve full integration on a major TV show?

Members of Green Room’s forthcoming production of Hairspray sport ‘Vote Tracy’ rosettes in a light-hearted nod to the current election fever.Members of Green Room’s forthcoming production of Hairspray sport ‘Vote Tracy’ rosettes in a light-hearted nod to the current election fever.

For the big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, anything is possible.

Barnet-born Sophie Sawtell takes on the lead role Tracy.

The show requires the role of Tracy’s mum, Edna, to be played by a man.

The 2007 film of the musical starred John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, while the recent West End stage version saw Michael Ball in the role.

In Green Room’s production, familiar company member Jon Chartres takes on the part.

Jon says he is looking forward to donning the wig, dress and heels, adding: “I would like to thank the wardrobe ladies for all the support (and padding) they have provided.”

* Tickets for Hairspray are available from the Green Room box office on 07531 122206 or from www.greenroomproductions.co.uk

Performances are at 7.30pm.


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