Redhill made a commitment in 2016 to its community and audiences that it was to begin staging productions of the highest quality. Redhill believes in zero compromise when it comes to performance excellence and 2017’s production bears testimony to this.
Redhill auditioned in excess of 150 students to carefully select its cast of HAIRSPRAY! Students were made to learn extracts of the script, test out their dancing abilities and, of course, sing songs that would make them shine. Call backs for characters were scheduled to ensure that we assembled a dynamite offering. Over 50 students were selected to bring this magic story to life. Giving our performers the edge is the support and training that they receive from industry professionals. Performers at Redhill are pushed, stretched and moulded into young stars and have the support of a highly skilled and experienced creative team. Partnering with Redhill is Splitbeam (Jersey Boys, Annie, We Will Rock You & more) who will provide us with the most amazing technical setup.
More about HAIRSPRAY - Let us set the scene:
It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do! HAIRSPRAY is set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Whilst set in the ‘60s, HAIRSPRAY is still so topical and translates beautifully in a South African setting. Have we localised the show? Nope! We stay true to the roots of HAIRSPRAY and shimmy you through the rock and rolling nature of our favourite characters.
HAIRSPRAY is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The 20 songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues.
Select a Performance:
4 May 19:00
5 May 19:00
6 May 15:30 and 19:00
8 May 18:00
9 May 19:00
10 May 19:00
11 May 19:00
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HAIRSPRAY IS AN ENERGETIC, ENERTAINING, WHOOP-IT-UP FROLIC!
We’ll blow you away!
We’re staging HAIRSPRAY – another production of quality and class.
Thanks to the production team and, of course, the performing students!
It’s something Redhill can be proud of.
Director: Matthew Counihan
Matthew graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a degree in Psychology. However, the magnetism of the Arts held a stronger allure. It was at the U.J. Arts Academy where he would gain the necessary training and experience. Although Matthew was not the traditional Drama/Music graduate, this did not stop him from pursuing his dream of performing.
Matthew has had the privilege of performing in Westside Story (Tony), Hair (Paul), Cabaret (Emcee), Peter Pan, the Westend hit Saturday Night Fever (Bobby C - for which he received a Naledi Theatre Award Nomination for Best Male Newcomer), The Full Monty (Nathan), Snow White, The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) and Pinocchio (Jiminy Cricket). Matt formed part of the Westend and South African co-produced touring company of GREASE where he played Doody (also having received a Naledi Theatre Award Nomination for Best Supporting Lead). Matthew also performed a featured role in the Broadway touring production of Jersey Boys in Africa and Asia.
In addition to stage productions Matthew has grown his career as an established commercial Voice Over artist and Corporate performer and currently shares a radio show with Alan Ford on Cliffcentral.
Matthew expanded into the world of Education at Crawford College Sandton where he shared his practical experience in a formal learning environment. In 2016 Matthew was approached to take up a Directorship at Redhill School where he provides guidance and looks at Arts advancement in education. When he is not busy with his above commitments, Matthew finds himself in the theatre soaking up the brilliance of the South African theatre circuit – Matthew is a Naledi Theatre Awards Judge and adjudicates as part of the main panel.
Musical Director: Rowan Bakker
Rowan made his debut in Richard Loring’s THE YOUNG ONES and placed Top-16 on M-Net’s Project Fame. He recently won the 2015 Naledi Award for Best Musical Director for his work on SISTER ACT.
He previously toured Asia and South Africa with JERSEY BOYS as Music Director, winning the 2013 Naledi Award. He was privileged to work alongside Queen’s Roger Taylor and writer Ben Elton on the Asian tour of WE WILL ROCK YOU, and Anthony Rapp on the South African premiere of RENT.
Other credits include SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, Janice Honeyman’s ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD, SHREK, SWEENEY TODD (Naledi Award nomination), MAMMA MIA! (Naledi nomination), a re-imagined PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Naledi nomination), MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, KNIGHTS OF MUSIC, FOREVER PLAID, CARRIE, HOT MIKADO, TWO IN THE BUSH, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, DREAMGIRLS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH among others.
Upcoming: Music Director, THE COLOR PURPLE (South African premiere, Joburg Theatre).
Choreographer: Phillida Le Roux
Choreographer. Trained at UCT Ballet School, Course Teachers Diploma in Dance, Rad International teachers with Distinctions
Set Design: Kosie Smit
Kosie boasts an impressive list of over a hundred and fifty productions – ranging from local theatre, television, film and corporate work to international productions. He has designed sets and lighting for opera, drama, comedy, cabaret, musicals, recitals, television chat shows, series, films, revues, product launches, award functions, gala evenings and variety shows.
Costume Co-ordination: Andrea Shine
Graphic Design: Scott Hamman
A grade 12 Art and Design student at Redhill, Scott is an avid fan of Pop-Art and the era it emerged from. Hairspray presented him with the ideal opportunity to demonstrate his love for Pop-Art and High School productions.