PHOTOS: Mounthawk Students Rehearsing For Latest Production

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Some of the cast of ‘Hairspray’ at rehearsals in Mercy Mounthawk last week. Photo by Dermot Crean

MERCY Mounthawk students have been working hard over the past few months rehearsing for their latest stage production, with some even coming in the morning after their school debs.

With a cast of about 140, taking in students from all years, they will bring the much-loved musical ‘Hairspray’ to the Siamsa Tíre stage from January 22 to January 25 nightly at 8pm.

Mercy Mounthawk has earned a distinguished reputation for its award-winning shows, as well as the calibre of acting talent it has nurtured through the years and 2019 marks the school’s eighteenth show.

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As well as the students, there’s a whole host of teaching staff involved in the production.

Directed by Tony Behan, with Christina Ryan as assistant director, Sinead Muldoon Walsh is producer and musical director, Catriona O’Sullivan is a musical director and assistant musical director is Karen O’Carroll.

Chief choreographer is Elaine Costello with Charlotte Tansley, Emma Nolan, Jean Browne, Elaine Costello, Rachel O’Neill and Shauna Williams as choreographers, Tadhg O’Sullivan is building the set, Mary Barry is making the costumes, Olivia Dineen is PRO, Will Nolan is involved sound effects and promotion and Andrea Thornton is art designer.

As for the story itself, it’s 1962 in Baltimore, and quirky teenager Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put in detention, the African-American students in the school teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show.

Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. With songs such as ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ and ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, you’re sure to be dancing in the aisles!

Tickets at €18/€15 can be bought by contacting Siamsa Tíre on 066-7123055. Otherwise click here to book tickets for your show of choice. Scroll down for photos…

Some of the cast of ‘Hairspray’ Promise Ekwuhana, Samuel Abubakar and Maeve Hanafin at rehearsals in Mercy Mounthawk last week. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Some of the cast of ‘Hairspray’, Padraig Harrington, Sorcha Ringland and Lorcan Ryan at rehearsals in Mercy Mounthawk last week. Photo by Dermot Crean

Some of the cast of ‘Hairspray’, Amy Naughton and Favor Itsede at rehearsals in Mercy Mounthawk last week. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Some of the cast of ‘Hairspray’ Eli James McGuire, Megan Tearle, Hannah Tansley, Christina Burke and Mikey McCarthy at rehearsals in Mercy Mounthawk last week. Photo by Dermot Crean

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