Why 1960s-inspired 'Hairspray' still sings

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“Hairspray” tells the story of plump teenager Tracy Turnblad and her dream of being on “The Corny Collins Show.” But, it’s more than just a musical, it’s a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

The theme is something Flagler Palm Coast High School theater teacher Kelly Rivera, formerly Kelly Nelson, believes is still very relevant in today’s society.

“A lot of people need a wake-up call,” Rivera said. “There is a culture here, and throughout the country. (This show) can’t get any more relevant than it is right now — in the heart and soul of what’s going on in society.”

Although the show can be cartoony, when you get down to it, “Hairspray” is about discrimination against Tracy and her mother for their weight, and against a host of characters for their skin color.

Rivera was excited to bring “Hairspray” to her students, not just to bring attention to discrimination, but also for the opportunity to cast a larger group of talented students and to get more African American performers involved in the program.

For freshman Mackenzie Moore, who plays Tracy Turnblad, it’s a dream come true.

“Tracy is my dream role,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of this show, and it’s becoming a reality.”

Crony Collins is played by German exchange student Lucas Waclawczyk, who worked hard to soften his accent to play the American bandstand show host.

The cast includes over 40 students and the majority of the show was choreographed by student Ashley Milus.


What: “Hairspray”
Where: Flagler Auditorium, 5500 State Road 100 
When: 7 p.m. May 14-15; and 2 and 7 p.m. May 16
Tickets: $12 for adults; $6 for students




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