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By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Growing up in the ’60s, I hold a special fondness for the sights and times portrayed in our fabulous production of “Hairspray.”
My memories are clear: the teased hair, dances called the “pony” and the “twist,” girly flowy dresses, white gloves and even more clearly — the separation of blacks and whites, of schools and buses — segregation.
“Hairspray” was an important choice for us; not only is it full of song and fun and laughter — but it also addresses the blazing and ongoing issue of racism.
Our story blends a happy ending through song and dance, while hopefully provoking thoughts and awareness.
As usual, I love working with all our kids, all of whom are now “Pony” experts.
“Hairspray” brought out many new actors to the stage, with our talented veteran performers coaching them along. Thanks to my friends and colleagues Dan, Venita, Darcy and Sally for your endless hours, time and talents.
Hairspray opens at the high school auditorium on April 1, and plays through April 5, evenings at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Come on out and support the performing arts in our schools.