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Theater Company performs Hairspray this month

Hairspray The Tulare County Office of Education's Theatre Company will present seven performances of the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray at the L.J. Williams Theater in Visalia later this month. The musical, which was made into a popular movie in 2007, is the Theatre Company's 14th annual summer production.

Set in 1962 Baltimore, Hairspray centers around the lives of teens who dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV program. "The musical is a dance- and song-intensive production, full of lively, early-60s inspired numbers," says Theatre Company Director Brian Roberts.

Karen Burley, a nine-year veteran of the Encore Theatre in Tulare and a senior at Tulare Union High School plays the infectious Tracy Turnblad, a girl who changes the dance show forever. "There's a lot of energy and a lot of love in this show," she says. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show with African American friends.

"Hairspray has a good message," says Golden West High School senior Mikey Hamilton who plays teen heartthrob Link Larkin. "The characters don't let the way they look get in the way of their dreams." TCOE Theatre Company veteran and Redwood High School senior Steven Braswell plays dance show host Corny Collins.

Performances / Ticket Information

Hairspray Seven performances of Hairspray will be held at the L.J. Williams Theater in Visalia. The theater is located at 1001 W. Main St., Visalia on the Redwood High School campus. Matinee performances will be performed at 2:00 p.m. on July 23 and 30. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. General admission tickets are $12 per person and VIP seating is $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at either of the Tulare County Office of Education's Visalia facilities: 2637 W. Burrel Avenue (near the Tulare County Courthouse), or 7000 Doe Avenue, Suite A, (north of Goshen and Shirk intersection), Monday - Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the L.J. Williams Theater box office one-half hour before each performance. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be offered.

Cast

Character Actor/School
Tracy Turnblad Karen Burley, Tulare Union High School
Link Larkin Mikey Hamilton, Golden West High School
Corny Collins Steven Braswell, Redwood High School
Penny Pingleton Krista Kugler, Golden West High School
Seaweed Stubbs Dallas Karavites, Golden West High School (2011 graduate)
Velma Von Tussle Moriah Escobedo, Central Valley Christian High School (2011 graduate)
Edna Turnblad Armando Romo, Redwood High School (2011 graduate)
Wilbur Turnblad Jeffrey Prosser, Golden West High School (2011 graduate)
Motormouth Maybelle Joniesha Norman, El Diamante High School (2011 graduate)
Little Inex Stubbs Katie McKernan, El Diamante High School


"We are looking forward to another first-class production from our Theatre Company," says Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. "Year after year, students give spectacular performances, rivaling any adult productions in the region! It's a joy to watch their work and appreciate the teaching of director Brian Roberts, choreographer Nicole Zweifel and vocal coach Charlotte Garcia."

For information about the Theatre Company and the summer musical production, Hairspray, call (559) 651-1482.