This fall’s performing arts line-up offers everything from a sophisticated four-actor ensemble to a play-within-a-play to a rollicking, fun musical. First up on the calendar is Hairspray, an American musical set in 1962 Baltimore. Performing arts faculty Kelli Edwards will direct the cast of over 40 students and 10 crew members. Music faculty member Ted Whalen is the music director. A live band will be on the stage during the entire performance.
“It’s a huge production, because all the numbers require dancing, even the solos,” says Kelli. “But I had been hearing through the grapevine that students really wanted to do this musical, so we decided to take it on. It’s a good time to talk about the issues that the show brings up—race, gender, body image. Serious issues handled in a comedic, campy but effective way. It is my hope that the show makes you think while you are also having a good time.”
Hairspray begins Thursday, November 5, and Friday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m.