‘Hairspray’ opens April 1 at PSHS

By Dale Johnson
Special to The PREVIEW

hairspray-IMG_9843The 1950s are out and the 60s are in. “Hairspray,” winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family friendly musical piled high with laughter, romance and songs.

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins TV Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy goes from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to remove the reigning teen queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network.

With more than 25 songs and dances, “Hairspray” will keep you clappin’ and tappin’.

A cast and crew of more than 50 young people are working towards an opening date of April 1. Dan Burch, music director, has just begun rehearsals with our full orchestra; we always use live local musicians in our pit.

Our own Johannah Laverty stars as the lovable Tracy Turnblad. “Hairspray” will play five performances, April 1-5, 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 each, available at the door performance eves, with proceeds going to the music and theater programs at the high school, in support of the performing arts.

This story was posted on March 13, 2014.