Hairspray role for district actor

Charlotte Kavenagh has won a leading role in a Geelong production of Hairspray. Photo:Loz Sanders

COLAC district’s Charlotte Kavenagh has her hairspray ready for the acting role of her dreams.

Kavenagh, daughter of Larpent’s Terry and Danila Kavenagh, will play Tracy Turnblad in Geelong Lyric Theatre Society’s production of Hairspray.

Kavenagh said she beat about five other people for the role of Tracy, a main character who dreams of stardom.

“It was a really fun audition, they were really lovely and I was very fortunate to be selected,” she said.

“I’m really, really excited. It’s a unique role and that’s why I’ve been dreaming of playing it for a long time.”

Kavenagh, 22, said the role would involve singing, dancing, acting and “giving as much energy as you could”.

“Tracy’s a very energetic character,” she said.

“We’re only a couple of weeks in at the moment and there’s a three-month rehearsal period.

“It’s going to get very intense soon with a lot of dancing involved.

“It should be a very interesting challenge and good fun.”

Kavenagh studied at Colac’s Trinity College and works full-time at the University of Melbourne.

She performed in two productions in Melbourne last year – Urinetown with St Bernard’s Old Collegians Arts, and Guys and Dolls with OXAGEN Productions.

Kavenagh said she preferred to keep performing as a hobby.

“It’s one of those things that I want to look forward to when I finish a day of work,” she said.

“I’ll be travelling to Geelong three times a week, which is a bit of dedication but it’s worth it in the end because it’s a great role.”

Geelong Lyric Theatre Society’s production of Hairspray is from May 4 to 12.

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