Hairspray comes to Inspiration Stage

Tracy Turnblad is the central character in Hairspray, now being presented at Inspiration Stage. (Submitted photo)

Sugar Land’s community theatre, Inspiration Stage presents Hairspray now through Aug. 13 in the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

In 1962 Baltimore, plus-size teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

Director Richard Gomez, music director Brian Kay and choreographer Mandy Seymore-Sensat saw an unprecedented 115 adult and teen actors audition, with a final cast consisting of 33 top-notch actors. Always a popular show, it recently saw a surge in popularity after NBC broadcast their version of the production live in December. “I could not have been more impressed by the caliber of talent at auditions.

It was a hard job cutting down 115 auditioners to a cast of 33, but we have the best of the best. Every audience member will be in for a big treat,” Gomez said.

“Beyond the glitz, glamour and fun that is Hairspray, there is a captivating message that my production team and cast are passionate about communicating. This will not be your typical Hairspray,” Gomez continued. “While we vow to stay true to your favorite characters, the infectious songs and the high intensity dance numbers, we are determined to bring out the message of love, acceptance and integration for all, more so than ever before. Travel back to 1962 and get ready for a show that you and your family will be sure to love.”

The production showcases adult and teen talent from Greater Houston with six evening shows and five matinees July 28 – Aug. 13. For details on dates, times and tickets, visit this link.

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