Hair’s a musical set to wow audiences

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Doncaster’s oldest amateur operatic society is set to bring a musical that promises big laughs and even bigger hair to the Cast Theatre.

Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society – DAOS – will bring the popular West End and Broadway musical Hairspray to the town centre theatre for a week long run.

DAOS Publicity Manager Frances Lister said rehearsals were taking place and added that Hairspray was shaping up to be an ‘amazing’ production.

The 65-year-old said: “This is a production for young people.

“It’s full of colour, music and dancing.

“Hairspray is about celebrating the best of American values – diversity and inclusion and the power of the individual to change things.

“We’ve got a fantastic cast and an excellent production team – we’re all really excited to see it on the stage.”

It will be the second time Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society – who were formed in 1909 – will have performed at Cast since the venue opened in 2013.

DAOS also put on a successful production of The Sound of Music in March last year.

Frances Lister, of Manor Drive, Bennetthorpe, said the society was looking forward to performing at Cast again.

She said: “It’s a fantastic venue. It’s really exciting for an amateur dramatic society like ours to play at such a professional venue.

“And the way the auditorium is set out means that everyone can see the stage – no matter where you are sitting – which is fantastic.”

Hairspray, set in Baltimore, America, in 1962, tells the story of plump teenager Tracy Turnblad whose dream is to dance on the Corny Collins Show.

When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colourful array of characters, such as Corny Collins and Velma Von Tussle – the villainous producer of the show.

Velma does everything in her power to further her daughter’s career and destroy Tracy’s and Corny’s.

Hairspray will be at Cast on from Wednesday, March 3, until Saturday, March 7.

Performances at 7.15pm and at 2.15pm on Saturday, March 7.

n Tickets cost £16.50 or £12.50 with concessions, and around 50 per cent of the tickets have been sold so far.

For more information on the production, or to book, visit www.castindoncaster.co.uk. Alternatively you can also call their box office on 01302 303959.