Friday, July 18, 2014
“Hairspray,” is a musical about Tracy Turnblad, a 1960s teenager, played by Josie Thames, who has dreams of dancing on the Corny Collins Show. Corny is played by Kevin Jayroe.
Corny’s show features the “Nicest Kids in Town” on his council who are popular and slim. Once a month the show hosts Negro Day.
Tracy meets Seaweed (Lee Ford) in detention and his mom Motormouth Mabel (Aliska Brown) when he invites them to a platter party at Mabel’s Record Shop.
From there, the group decides to work together to integrate the show every day. The audience will be dancing and singing in the aisles as it cheers Tracy in her efforts to work past intolerance and include everyone regardless of their size or their race.
“Hairspray,” directed by Kathy Anderson, will be performed at The Strand Theater July 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. and July 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m.