2011-03-18 / Arts & Entertainment

Hairspray is coming

You can’t s top the beat!
Contributed by Dreher High School

Yes, the Three –D Players of DHS will present the musical Hairspray March 24– 27. This exciting and energetic musical will treat your eyes and ears with all of its toe–tapping music and fancy footwork. Written by Marc Shaiman and Mark O’Donnell, this is the same musical that played for many seasons on Broadway, and has just been released for local enjoyment by Music Theater International. In fact, Dreher Drama Department will be the first of the first educational venues in the Midlands to premiere this delightful show.

Hairspray delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960s Baltimore, where the 50s are out—and change is in the air. The story is about tubby teenager Tracy Turnblad and her burning desire to dance on the Corny Collins TV Dance Show. Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger–than–life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course) without mussing her hair?

The cast is phenomenal. Richlee Gordon plays Tracy, her mother Edna is played by Cody Phillips, and her jokester father Wilbur is Ian Wills. Catherine Davenport plays Tracy’s best friend Penny, while her nemesis Amber is played by sweetheart Heather Stokes. Tori Wilson plays former beauty queen Velma Von Tussel, while her nemesis Motormouth Mabel is played by Cara Davis. Her daughter Little Inez, played by Debria Robinson, and her son Seaweed, played by Chaun Morris, take Baltimore society by storm, all under the watchful eye of TV Dance show host Corny Collins, played by junior Mike Morales. Of course it is under the glare of TV lights that Tracy finds the love of her teenage life, Link Larkin, played by Alex Cowsert. Understudies include Robyn Arvay, Taylor Bass, Creighton Boggs, Zelig Williams, Adam Rainwater, Ayesha Carter, and Kristen Henry.

Director Jeanette Arvay Beck has assembled the professional production team of Caroline Jones Weidner as music director, and Terrance Henderson as choreographer. The pit band will also be live by community guest musicians as well. Patricia Buckson’s costumes are sure to delight and remind some folks of those crazy days in 1962. Treat yourself to a wonderful evening. With a live band, lively actors, and a super story, you can see why we are all very excited to bring these characters to life. You won’t be able to stop the beat, the tunes in your head, or the smiles on your faces after Dreher’s production of Hairspray.

Tickets will be $8 for adults and $6 for students and may be purchased at the door before each show. For more information, please call 253-7000.

You can’t stop the beat!

Who: Presented by the Dreher High School
Department of Theatre Arts and Film
When: March 24–27, 2011
Where: Dreher High School Auditorium
Time: 7 p.m. Thursday–Saturday nights;
3 p.m. Sunday Matinee
Tickets: Available one hour before show time
at the auditorium... $8 adults and $6 for students

Sponsored by Paul
Mitchell School of
Cosmetology in the Vista

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