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Hillcrest Theatre is at it again with a new musical in the works: “Hairspray.”

Hairspray got it’s start in a 1988 film by John Waters, who made some more mature movies. In fact, while Hairspray was rated PG, other movies of his had darker subjects and more controversial treatment. On August 15, 2002, “Hairspray” (the musical) made its Broadway debut and the rest is history.

Auditions for “Hairspray” were conducted on August 28 and 29 and callbacks occured on August 30 and 31, respectively.

“Callbacks are for those that have main roles, but everyone else makes the ensemble,” Alice Condor, junior and ensemble member for Hairspray, explained.

The first three weeks of practice following auditions occur primarily on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school until 5 p.m. Following those three weeks, “Hairspray” practice will happen more frequently throughout the week and for longer periods of time.  For those that have a lead, practices are generally more frequent and longer than other roles.

Hillcrest is hoping to have a wide variety of students participating so even if a student was not part of the callbacks, they should see the play when Hillcrest Theatre presents it on the dates November 15 to November 19, as sourced from the official Hillcrest Theatre website.

Part of the blurb (promotional description) for the show on Hillcrest Theatre’s website states, “Starring a diverse cast of over 200 Hillcrest students, this high-energy, positive, and hopeful musical will remind you that, ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat.’ Set in 1962 and full of exciting music and dance from the 1960’s, the show celebrates human beings of all shapes, colors, and sizes.”

Hillcrest’s biggest shows tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to buy tickets when seats start to be sold on November 1. Other shows that will be available for tickets this 2018-2019 season include “Sunday in the Park with George” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, “Witness for the Prosecution” by Agatha Christie, and “Copperfield,” based on the novel David Copperfield which was written by Charles Dickens.

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