In August 2010, Ravara Productions whizzed back to 1962 Baltimore to follow the story of larger than life teenager Tracy Turnblad. With all the right moves, tonnes of hairspray, a man dressed as a woman and a terrific musical score, it was certainly a huge success for Ravara, being our first major amdram production.
The production took place in the iconic "Andrews Memorial Hall" in Comber over the course of two nights, with over 500 audience members passing through the door. It was great for our first production to bring so much of the community together. A strong cast of over 25 were able to showcase their talents with a 10-piece band and a huge production crew. A number of reports after the show, including some from the local press clearly showed the audience appreciation and admiration for this first totally youth run production in the area.
Tracy Turnblad: Lauren Browne
Edna Turnblad: Philip Davison
Corny Collins: Courtney Rainey
Wilbur & Mr Pinky: Ross White
Link Larkin: Conor Anderson
Seaweed J. Stubbs: Craig McClelland
Penny Lou Pingleton: Katie Gallagher
Amber Von Tussle: Kerry Rodgers
Velma Von Tussle: Amy Chambers
Motormouth Maybelle: Sarah Patterson
Prudy Pingleton: Megan Maxwell
Big Inez Stubbs: Raya Smyth
Shannon Berry, Alex Moyna, Tara Lally, Esther Shaw, Ethan Fitzsimons, Eve Shaw, Emily Lane, Ellie Fitzsimons, Rina Newell, Robbie Irwin, Laura Reid, Emma Taylor, Catherine McGivern & Cameron Kirkpatrick
Director & Producer: Jamie McClelland
Musical Director: Adam Darcy
Secretary: Philip Davison
Assistant Director: Courtney Rainey
Production Assistants: Emma Taylor, Sarah McDowell & Rina Newell
Keys1/MD: Adam Darcy
Keys 2: Matthew Snodden
Trumpet: George Sandford
Saxophone: James Sergener
Saxophone: Brian McMaster
Flute: Lindsay Herron
Trombone: Ryan Gray
Guitar: Jack McDonnell
Bass: Michael Currie
Drums: Drew Vincent
Stage: Megan Jamison (Manager), Katie Entwistle, Chloe Skelly, Hope Mairs, Ali Millar, Jonny Little, Ruth Jones.
Make-up: Hannah Bradford, Lauren Reaney, Rebecca McCracken.
Wardrobe: Emma Taylor
Set: Hope Mairs, Susan Carroll, Norman McDowell, Denise McDowell, Lorna Rodgers, Moyra Blayney, John McClelland, Ian McClelland, Gerry Hoppe, Tom Martin, Colin McClelland, Ailsa McClelland.
Choreographers: Jamie McClelland, Craig McClelland, Kerry Rodgers, Megan Maxwell, Amy Chambers.
Lighting Manager: Sarah McDowell
With special thanks to...
Amy McKelvey - Ards Arts
Norman & Denise McDowell, Moyra Blayney, Lorna Rodgers & Gerry Hoppe
Alpha Audio Systems
Raymond Stanex - Comber Commercial Centre
Joan Gilpin & Chris Ware - CFC, Belfast
Rev. Gordon - 1st Comber Presbyterian
Steven Allen - Stage Make-up
Chris Darcy - Ballynahinch Primary School
Rose Browne - Europa General Underwriters
Billy McCullough - BCM, Island Street
Cat Cullen & Ruth Craig - Ballygowan Committee
Liz Cartmill & Gavin Reid - Roundabout Coffee, Ballygowan
Rosie McBride, Duffy Bocking, Rebekah Rodgers, Shelia Patterson & Janet Irwin
Ralph Magee & Brian Dugan - Andrews Memorial Primary School
Tom Martin - Acapple Construction LTD
Niamh O'Carolan & Mandi Millar - Big Deal
Michael Gorman, Margaret McAllister & Richard Mills - Belvoir Players
Natalie - Community Telegraph
Pauline Rea - Newtownards Chronicle
Granshaw Presbyterian Church
Colin & Ailsa McClelland