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‘Hairspray’ set to open

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"Hairspray" will open at The Ruffin this Friday and will perform shows on April 11-12 and 18-19. Courtesy photo

Back-to-back musical productions at the Ruffin Theater are keeping the historical community theater’s stage busy with excitement – even if one was unexpected.
After wrapping up a successful three-week run of "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline," which included an encore weekend, volunteers of the beloved theater have taken on the production of "Hairspray", a musical based on the book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan.
Directed by first-time director Jeff Moore, "Hairspray" opens this weekend on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m., with a cast of local middle and high school students amidst a storm of controversy – which, makes it all the more compelling to see.
Set in Baltimore, Md. in 1962, "Hairspray’s" storyline follows the antics of Tracy Turnblad, a plump and colorful teenager whose dream is to dance on the local dance show, The Corny Collins Show.  After winning a spot on the show, Turnblad realizes the show separates black and white dancers and she’s not permitted to dance with her friends. She starts a campaign to integrate the popular show, to the chagrin of show’s producers.
Based on the 1988 film of the same name, "Hairspray" is a musical written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The infectious dance music and catchy tunes won the musical eight Tony Awards after a successful six-year run on Broadway.
Ally Wallace stars as Tracy Turnblad and the following are also members of the cast: Aaron Arnold (Principal/ Harriman F. Spritzer), Makenna Amundson (Amber von Tussle), Matthew Bailey (Corny Collins), AJ Blackwell (Seaweed Stubbs), Darrielle Degraffreed (Little Inez), Welton Degraffreed (Gilbert), Holly Elston (Prudy/gym teacher/pinky girl), Cade Forbes (IQ), Mikayla Harden (Pinky Girl/Extra), Alison Harris (Dynamite #3), Lana Hersberger (Penny Pingleton), Tyler High (Edna Turnblad), Mac Huffman (Fender, Amelia Kozlosky (Tammy), Chevela Lightfoot (Motormouth Maybelle, Jaivion Lightfoot (extra), Grace Mahoney (Shelley), Brookealise McLillie (Velma von Tussle), Brittany Meyer (Lou Ann), Jaci Owens (extra), Josh Pickett (Link Larkin), Chris Shaw (Wilbur Turnblad), Morgan Smith (Dynamite #1) and  Lauren Turner (Matron/Pinky Girl/Extra).
"Hairspray" is onstage Fridays and Saturdays, April 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 3-17, seniors 55 and older and military with ID card. Will call tickets can be purchased online at the Box Office tab at www.ruffintheater.org.

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