Longford's St Mel’s Musical Society gears up for 2020 production, Hairspray

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Hairspray to shine for St Mel’s Musical Society in Longford's Backstage Theatre in April

Hairspray: Lindsay Dann will take on the iconic role of Tracy Turnblad in this year’s musical production

Longford has always been treated to spectacular and colourful performances by St Mel’s Musical Society over the years, but this year promises to be something else entirely with an incredible cast ready to take to the stage to perform the hit musical, Hairspray, fomr April 17 to 25.

Lindsay Dann will take on the lead role of Tracy Turnblad this year. Lindsay has enjoyed a long association with the group, stretching back to 1997 when she made her first appearance in a St Mel’s Musical Society production.

She got the opportunity to play the part of Gretl – one of the von Trapp children in The Sound Of Music – and the Longford version of that classic show was staged in the Temperance Hall. Lyndsay also performed the role of Wednesday in The Addams Family in 2016.

One of her most memorable performances in a musical materialised in 2014 when she excelled as Nancy in Oliver! and certainly played a leading part in the subsequent AIMS nomination for the Best Overall Show in the Sullivan category.

Lindsay has appeared in a number of other Longford musicals in the past and landed her first lead role in the 2008 production of Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey.

Rumour has it she was up against some extremely tough competition for this year’s show and, if the rest of the cast is anything to go by, she’ll certainly be in good company.

The stellar cast of this year’s musical, which opens on Friday 17 April, will see a lot of the local talent take to the stage including: Kevin Gormley as Corny Collins, Tony Wadd as Edna Turnblad, Jamie Lee Fallon as Penny Pingleton, Janice Gibney as Velma Von Tussle, Leia Victory as Amber Von Tussle, Connor McLoughlin as Link Larkin, Jack Chambers as Seaweed J Stubbs, Joanne Sexton as Motormouth Maybelle, Davy Flaherty as Welbur Turnblad, Ríona Lynch as Prudy Pingleton and Thomas Lyons as Spritzer.

Tickets for Hairspray are available now via 0433347888 or backstage.ie - but get them fast because they sell out quickly!

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