Rugby Theatre dedicates Hairspray production to choreographer Vicki-Jo


A theatre team has dedicated a show to its talented choreographer who died suddenly while abroad.

Rugby Theatre’s Vicki-Jo was a month into choreographing the all-singing, all-dancing production of Hairspray when she died suddenly of a heart attack on March 31, aged just 41.

We’ve all had a tough time coping with losing Vicki-Jo

Director Bryan Jones

Vicki-Jo was part of the three-strong creative team which started work on the blockbuster musical, holding auditions in October last year.

Director Bryan Jones said: “The show will be wonderful - but it’s not the show we wanted audiences to see.

“We wanted them to see a show choreographed by the brilliant, beautiful and talented Vicki-Jo.

“We’re all so sad she hasn’t been there, iPad in hand, driving us all on with her amazing dances.”

Speaking shortly after Vicki-Jo’s death, Bryan said: “It’s hard to explain what a massive impact Vicki-Jo has had on so many people’s lives.

“At Rugby Theatre, she set the bar very, very high in terms of dance. She had a unique way of getting the best out of large groups of people on stage - including many who had no dance experience at all.”

Choreography for the show has been taken over by Jo Walker and Ellie Michael, two of Vicki-Jo’s teachers at CATS, the Christine Anderson Theatre School where she was principal.

Bryan added: “We’ve all had a tough time coping with losing Vicki-Jo.

“It’s been especially hard for Jo and Ellie and other members of the CATS family - but we’ve battled through.”

Hairspray will be performed at Rugby Theatre from June 6 to 13.