With only two weeks until the show opens, excitement is building for those involved in Paul Laurence Dunbar High School's presentation of the smash Broadway musical, Hairspray.
Director Alicia Henning, drama teacher at Dunbar tells me that audition
s for the show were held the week before break. "We hung up the cast list on the way out the door. Cowardly, I know, but I hate to see their faces when they get their hearts broken. We started working on it as soon as we came back from break, and we have been rehearsing 5-6 days a week since then."
Henning says "probably the biggest challenge that we have faced is getting all of the kids to rehearsal at one time. We have a large cast, about 60 kids, and they all have a million other commitments. Another big challenge is getting the kids to understand the time period that the show represents. We constantly have to explain the jokes to them because they don’t get the references: , the , , etc. The show parodies a lot of stuff that they just don’t know about. The show also deals with the very serious theme of racial discrimination, and we’ve had some great conversations with the kids about the issue and what it will mean to today’s audience."
"We’re really proud that we are producing the Lexington amateur debut of the show. It’s cool to do this show first because I’m sure it will be done for years to come, and we can all look back on the experience knowing that we did it when it was new."
Although SCAPA also has Hairspray plans, the Dunbar show opens March 15th -- you can call
and make your reservations today!