Bravo to all those involved in Hairspray! What a terrific experience it is to be involved in a production. Whether it be in the cast, band, crew or staff, there is an enormous amount of work and commitment in bringing a show together. Hairspray stands alone in its script and music as a wonderful show, but the talents of our boys and the girls from OLSH certainly gave it life and energy under lights.
Over the past eight months rehearsals have been extensive. It takes between two and six hours per week for cast to learn lines, give them meaning and lift the story from page to stage. Hours of dance rehearsals that train muscle memory, form and spatial awareness give students the opportunity to understand movement, and for the boys who grew 10cm during rehearsals… it was a learning curve! The 19 student musicians in the orchestra pit devoted hours to learning the score before bringing it together each week for rehearsal. Those unique neural pathways created and fostered by learning an instrument become stronger through the realisation of the score. When the crew come on board later in the rehearsal process, their work comes with a different challenge, requiring skills of creative thinking, problem solving and a sense of urgency and consistency that set movement requires.
The show commitment is often overwhelming for first-timers, but it only takes a moment to speak with older students to learn how to improve organisation and communication with teachers. When speaking with a first time band member, I asked – “How has it been?”
“Incredible,” he said.
“Is it what you expected?”
“No. It’s better.”
When the curtains close for the last time on a show, the feeling of euphoria is abundant soon followed by the post-show blues of course! It’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment and a celebration of new connections between all involved and the wider community. We are looking forward to next year!
Ms Cindy Frost
Hairspray — Musical Director