What could be a better antidote for all of that holiday music you’ve been subjected to than the 1962 sounds of ‘Hairspray,’ which will be running at the UMKC White Recital Hall this weekend. Even better, seven SM East students will be in the cast – including the roles of Tracy Turnblad and Corny Collins.
The production involves 59 students from 23 different high schools and 16 school districts in the Music Theatre for Young People of Kansas City production. The show comes together in just about a week with the high schoolers working long days to get it ready.
The SM East students in the production are:
Abby Cramer (Tracy Turnblad–the loveable girl who turns from social outcast to sudden local TV star)
Austin Dalgleish (Corny Collins–the “Dick Clark” of local Baltimore TV whose “Corny Collins Show” rules the airwaves and makes stars of its teen dancers)
Alec Armer and Justin Armer (“Council Kids”–two of the “nicest kids in town” who dance on the TV show and are local stars among 1962 Baltimore teens)
Madison Stottle (“Motormouth Kids”–one of the teen dancers trying to integrate the TV show)
Megan Heeney and Tyler Armer (“Ensemble”)
After just 11 years in Kansas City, MTYP has more than 30 alumni who have worked on Broadway or national tours of Broadway shows. MTYP alum Shannon Durig played Tracy Turnblad on Broadway for more than 1,000 performances and three MTYP alumni appeared last summer in touring shows at Starlight.
‘Hairspray’ will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket information can be found here or by calling 816-235-6222. White Recital Hall is on campus at 4949 Cherry.
In case you’ve forgotten the story, here’s a refresher from MTYP:
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!