Pulaski County High School students present musical ‘Hairspray’ in May
Welcome to 1960s Baltimore and the “Corny Collins Show” where the Nicest Kids in Town sing and dance their way into America’s hearts. It’s the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” at Pulaski County High School set to take the stage May 3-5 and May 10-12.
Based on John Waters’ cult-classic film, “Hairspray” deals with two segregated dance shows (“The Corny Collins Show,” the all-white American Bandstand-style show, and Motormouth Maybelle’s all-black show — think Soul Train). The musical not only deals with the integration of the dance shows, but also the acceptance of others who are different.
“Hairspray” was adapted into the hit movie starring John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, who runs a laundry business from her home and who hasn’t been out of the house in nearly 10 years. Her daughter, Tracy, gets her mom out of the house and transforms her to a glamorous lady of size at Mr. Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway. Tracy also helps lead the integration of “The Corny Collins Show” on a national television broadcast. The musical will have your toes tapping, and you’ll sing along to the hits.
There are more than 40 students onstage and seven technical crew members, plus a live band composed of current and former PCHS Band students under the direction of Patrick Butler, PCHS band director. The play is directed and choreographed by Jeff McCoy with Kendall Payne and Neesey Payne, both former PCHS Theatre students.
The play runs May 3-5 and May 10-12. Thursday, May 3 is sing-along night, and Saturday, May 12 is senior night.
All performances are at 7:30. Tickets are $5 for children, students, and senior citizens and $8 for adults.
– Submitted by Jeff McCoy
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