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“Hairspray” at Perry High School celebrates Black History Month


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  • Kimberly Guevara/Chandler Unified School District

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Perry High School will be performing “Hairspray” February 20,21, 22 27 and 28 at 7:00 P.M at the school at 1919 East Queen Creek Road (Queen Creek and Val Vista) in Gilbert.

The show is produced by Perry’s award winning theatre department and directed by veteran instructor Jim Fountain.

Reserved tickets can be purchased for $8 on line at www.seatyourself.biz/perrydramaclub.  They will also be on sale at the door for $9.

"Hairspray" at Perry High School celebrates Black History Month HairsprayPosterHPThe year is 1962.  Perky but plus sized Tracy Turnblad (Kelly Crawley) is determined to integrate the Baltimore based “Corny Collins”  (Josh Hudgins) teen dance show. 

In the process she fulfills her romantic dream by falling in love with the show’s the popular Link Larkin (Mason Welch) in the upcoming Perry High School production of the musical “Hairspray” (Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music by Marc Shaiman lyrics by Scott Whittman). 

In order to do so she must overcome the show’s racist producer Velma Von Tussel (Claire Mahaffey). 

The show is a high energy journey into the raucous world of the early 1960’s, when teens turned away from the staid and traditional values of the 1950’s and welcomed the brave new world of the 1960’s. 

Although a delightful comedy, the show provides some moving and thoughtful moments as it looks into what it feels like to grow older and fatter.  Edna Turnblad  (Blake Miller)  Tracy’s mom, bemoans that “it has been years some someone asked me to dance” as Tracy enthusiastically welcomes her to the 60’s. 

The show’s most poignant moment occurs when Motormouth Mabel (Juliet Johnson ) sings about how discrimination feels with the powerful  “I Know Where I’ve Been.”