BMHS PrideTime Reporter
NORWALK- On April 25th, 2014, Norwalk High School put on its production of Hairspray.
Now almost four years later, after performances of Beauty and the Beast (2015), Legally Blonde (2016), Into the Woods (2016), and last year's Cinderella (2017), McMahon's Drama Department has chosen to put their own twist on the smash hit musical comedy, which will premiere on March 2nd, 2018.
Make sure you come see the Nicest Kids In Town in this family friendly musical for two hours full of dancing, big hairdos, jazzy music, and a powerful message about social change.
Pride Time Reporter, Alejandra Bonilla, went out and interviewed five members of McMahon's upcoming production of Hairspray.
“My name is Cathy Colmenares. I am a senior and I have been in the Drama Department for three years. This year I got casted as Tracy in Hairspray. In order to get the part, I had to prepare a song from a musical that could show off my voice and also a monologue to showcase my acting. We also got taught a dance from the musical and had to perform it with other people auditioning. And then when you get callbacks they send you music and scenes from the show that you have to prepare. In the past, I have been the witch in Into the Woods and Marie, the Fairy Godmother, in Cinderella. Ever since I became interested in Music and Musical Theater, I always wanted to be Tracy in Hairspray. I loved her energy and her ambition to do whatever she wanted no matter what everyone thought of her and I think she’s really inspiring because of that. Preparing for the role is going to be a very long and strenuous process of lots memorizing and learning and practicing, but will all be worth the end goal of performing it for all to see!! COME SEE HAIRSPRAY YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT."
"My name is Douglas Denny, and I am in 12th grade. I’ve been a part of the drama department here at BMHS for 2 years now. This year I am super excited about playing Link Larkin, who is one of the leads and love interest of Tracy and Amber. I didn't really do any prep for the role besides a whole lot of singing in the shower and a callback audition. I also looked up the songs and just started repeatedly singing them to myself whenever I could. I was really surprised I got a lead, since I had only had a minor role in the last show I did here. In Legally Blonde I played Kyle, the UPS guys who was the comic relief, which is pretty accurate since I’d like to consider myself funny. In terms of this show and the character i’ll be playing this year, i'd say we both see good qualities in others based on their character and not appearance which I think is a very important part of this play. Besides that, all I have to say is IT'S GONNA BE AN AWESOME YEAR AND A GREAT SHOW!!!"
"My name is Julia Forschino, and I’m a senior and I’ve been in the drama department all four years. I’m playing Amber von Tussel, the b****/camera hog on the Corny Collins Show. In terms of getting the part, basically we did pre-auditions before we even picked a show to see the department’s dance ability. Then we had auditions, where I had to sing, dance, and act. A couple of days later, I got called back for Amber and had to learn Cooties, her solo for when she tries to win Miss Teenage Hairspray. I’ve actually been a lead all four years. I was a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Margot in Legally Blonde (one of the sorority girls), and Charlotte in Cinderella (one of the stepsisters). This year, I’d say Amber and I have a lot in common. We both really like to dance (I dance at Dance Dimensions!), and my friends like to joke around that I’m perfect for this part because of the b****ness factor.
In order to prep for this role, I’ve watched a lot of different versions of the show, and just lots and lots of practice. It’s my senior show and you wanna go out with a bang, you know? I’m super excited for the next couple months getting to work on this show with some of my best friends, and I can’t wait to help the choreographer as assistant to the choreographer, my production staff job!”
"My name is Olivia Lipson, I’m in 12th grade, and I have done the musicals here at McMahon for four years. This year I am lucky enough to be playing Penny Lou Pingleton. To get this part, I went to pre dance auditions where we learned a quick dance to help figure out what musicals we can and can’t handle dance wise. I then sang, danced (again), and acted for actual auditions and callbacks. Last year I was Gabrielle (one of the stepsisters) in Cinderella as well as student producer. I think when it comes to what I have in common with Penny, it’s that I can have very geeky moments just like her, and that I am very supportive of my friends. To prepare I just practice a lot and watched a lot of different versions of Hairspray so I could see different interpretations of Penny. I can’t wait to get started and learn how to tap dance...woohoo!"
"My name is Anthony W. Mayhew Jr, and I am in 10th grade. This is my second year in the music and drama programs here at McMahon. Last year I did Cinderella, and was an ensemble member for that. This year I really stepped up and got the role of Seaweed Stubbs, who falls in love with Penny Pingleton. In order to get in the mindset of the show before my audition, I had to practice, and I watched all the movies and play remakes of Hairspray to get an idea of who the character is. Getting the part was big for me, especially since the last time I was a lead was at my middle school’s production, Annie, in the 8th grade.
When I think about Seaweed, I automatically think about how we both love to sing and dance and we are pretty damn good at it. I’d like to think that the way to perfect my performance of this character is gonna be to practice, practice, practice. Music is my love, passion, my life, and I hope everyone will be able to see that when they go see Hairspray!"