BMHS PrideTime Reporter
During the last week of November, McMahon’s Drama Department held auditions for this year’s musical “Hairspray”, famous for it’s fun music and entertaining storyline.
If you aren’t familiar with the film turned into musical, Hairspray is based around the year 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland and follows a young ambitious and bubbly girl named Tracy Turnblad on her journey to try to end segregation on The Corny Collins Show.
PrideTime reporter Kiwana Alveranga had the opportunity to interview two students, Cathy Colmenares (‘18) and Anthony Mayhew Jr. (‘20) who decided to audition, getting insight on their reasoning for auditioning for certain roles and what is done to prepare for the play.
In the musical “Hairspray”, who did you desire to be and what’s the reason behind wanting that character?
Cathy Colmenares: “Tracy. I started doing musical theatre when I was like 10 years old and that was like the first show that I ever watched because I had the movie version with Zac Efron. I wanted to be Tracy because she gets to kiss Zac Efron.”
How do you have to get prepared, hair and makeup wise?
Cathy: “Well for makeup you always have to go a tone darker than you are because the lights drown you out. Hair... it depends on the year of the show but for this one, we’ll probably wear wigs since its the 60s.”
How do you guys prepare and how often you do you guys rehearse?
Cathy: “We rehearse our parts on stage and the movements/dances and when it gets closer, like two weeks before the play, it’s “hell week” because we are here all night practicing. Depending on if you are a lead or ensemble, ensemble practices like two times a week and if you’re a lead you are practically here every day.”
What’s your experience in performing on stages?
Anthony Mayhew Jr: “From 6th to 8th grade, I was lead in each school play we did. In 9th grade, I was ensemble. I had 5 or 6 costume changes so that was a lot of work and this will be my first year in highschool being lead.”
How does the whole drama department prepare for the play?
Anthony: “We make sure we know our lines. We go over each routine for the play and yeah we just make sure we know our stuff.
Who did you audition for? What song did you audition with and why?
Anthony: I auditioned for Seaweed and got Seaweed. I auditioned with “Without Love” because it’s from Hairspray.
Are some roles more difficult than others?
Anthony: “I’m pretty sure every role is like hard(ish) because yeah there’s a lot of lines but the only easy part for me would the dancing because I love dancing.
In Spring 2018, “Hairspray” will be put on for the school and the drama department will finally get to show off what they have worked long and hard for.