Singing, dancing and big hair take over the stage in Aggie Theatre’s production of “Hairspray Jr.”
Aggie Theatre Director Kelleybrooke “KB” Brown said audiences could expect an extra-special show.
“Hairspray Jr. has been one of the most fun shows I’ve worked on at Aggie Theatre,” she said. “It’s high energy and the message of acceptance is so important. This amazing groups of kids has bonded together to tell a beautiful story and I’m honored to be a very small part of their journeys.”
Brown said “Hairspray Jr.” takes the stage at the Albertville Fine Arts Center on from Wednesday to Saturday, June 5-8 with all shows at 7 p.m. She said Wednesday’s show is “pay what you can night,” which is a dress rehearsal show where everyone pays what they can with the understanding that there could be stops throughout the show. She said Thursday’s show is “rising senior night,” which would feature students who will be seniors in the next school year and tickets are $2. For the Friday show, it’s “give the gift of reading,” where a free ticket is given to those who donate a new or gently used book for the share libraries, she said. On Saturday, the tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
For those who aren’t familiar with the musical, here’s a brief overview from mtishows.com:
“The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray JR. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray JR. is a show that will celebrate your students’ diversity and bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor.
“It’s 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream — to dance on the popular ‘Corny Collins Show.’ When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable.”
The Aggie Theatre Facebook page states that it’s all about bringing “life and love” to the stage to enrich the lives of those who live in the community through the arts. Aggie Theatre is a project created by the Albertville City Schools Foundation to encourage the theatre arts, and the program is only open to students in grades K-12 at Albertville City Schools. For more information, visit the Aggie Theatre Facebook page