Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hair-Raising Fun on Stage

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hair-Raising Fun on Stage

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TWELVE semi-trailers were needed to transport the set of Hairspray from Melbourne to Sydney Co many containing wigs.

Sydney's latest musical opened at the Lyric Theatre last Thursday night and as the name suggests there's a heavy emphasis on hair.

Set in the swinging 60s, the show is a dazzling dance-off of beehives and bouffants, bubbles and backcombs. But as feel-good and fun as Hairspray is, the cast must be careful.

C[pounds sterling]We have to keep hairspray away from our mirror lights in case of fire, those things would go up,C[yen] Jaz Flowers, who plays the lead role Tracy Turnblad, said.

C[pounds sterling]There's an entire team of wiggies who look after everything to do with the hair so we don't have to worry too much.C[yen]

The role of a C[pounds sterling]wiggieC[yen] sounds gruelling. There are 60 wigs to look after, each one containing approximately 80 metres of human hair which is hand-sewn into each weave.

More than 15 cans of hairspray are used every night. …

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