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  • Rebecca looking forward to coming back to region with touring production

    Henry James

    REBECCA Mendoza, who is playing Tracy Turnblad in the touring production of the musical Hairspray, is looking forward to performing at the Liverpool Empire – the nearest theatre to her hometown of Hoylake.

    The 24-year-old is making her professional debut in the show which began touring the UK and Ireland from August 2017.

    She said: “I have had an absolute ball in this show – it has been an incredible time. Almost every Sunday we have been packing up and moving to a new place. The tour has taken us to Dublin, Inverness and to places such as Southampton and Plymouth. We have been to some cool places and the show has been here, there and everywhere.

    “I am from Hoylake in the Wirral, so apart from the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, I would consider the Liverpool Empire my home theatre.

    “I can’t wait to appear at the Empire. Eight years ago I went to see Hairspray at the Empire with my sister. Afterwards I wrote on Facebook that I would love to be part of this show one day and coincidentally it was on the same day eight years later that I first appeared in the touring production.

    “When I was younger I appeared in the Empire youth productions of West Side Story and Bugsy Malone. When we come to the Empire there must be about 300 tickets booked in my name. It is going to be a noisy one.”

    Rebecca is playing the female lead, Tracy Turnblad, in Hairspray which has music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman. She commented: “Tracy is the protagonist of the story. She is a larger than life girl with huge hair and a big personality and is desperate to dance on her favourite TV show.

    “She tackles so many obstacles along the way with people saying she does not look right.

    “She petitions for black and white people to dance together on TV, and she is a hugely strong independent young girl that fights for what is right.”

    Norman Pace is also appearing in the show, which has received both Tony and Olivier awards and has the tune You Can’t Stop The Beat among its soundtrack.

    Rebecca commented: “Hairspray includes a fun-filled bubble gum story that includes incredible music that you can’t stop toe tapping to. It also includes important problems such as segregation and racism. It has something for all ages.”

    Hairspray will be on at the Liverpool Empire from Monday, April 16 until Saturday, April 21.

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