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“Hairspray” the Musical at Artscape

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The curtains will rise at the Artscape Theatre on 2 February 2019 to a heartwarming tale of equality and acceptance, a high energy rendition of Hairspray the Musical, the biggest production to date by Pinelands Players.

CATA award-winning director Neil Leachman leads a cast of talented actors to feature at the prestigious Artscape Theatre with choreography by veteran Laura Bosman and rising hip-hop choreographer Jared Schaedler. For some of the cast, it is a return to the famed Artscape stage, for others, it will be an exciting first-time debut. This community theatre group is certainly redefining the term with its skilled cast.

“It may be a volunteer show, but with our very talented cast you are not going to see an amateur show, you are going to see a professional production,” said Laura Bosman, Pinelands Players Chairperson. “Pinelands Players is a community theatre society with a long, proud, award-winning history, spanning more than 70 years. We don't do this for money, but for the love of theatre,” she explained.

Based on Hairspray the 1988 cult classic, Hairspray the Broadway Musical, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, as well as four Laurence Olivier Awards, has been reproduced worldwide with its timeless tale of acceptance and love, no matter who we are. In 2007, a hit film adaptation, starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron and debuting Nikki Blonsky was released to critical and financial success.

The story follows Tracy Turnblad, an open-minded, pleasantly plump teenager, in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Tracy, with her considerable Jackie O inspired hairdo, dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins Show. After initially being rejected, Tracy's determination lands her on the show, but despite rocketing to local celebrity status she faces discrimination for her opinions, weight, choice of friends and hairdo. Determined to be the change she wants to see, Tracy uses her position to challenge social perceptions and bring about racial integration of the show.

The show is for absolutely everyone, with its foot-stomping, hip swinging, catchy songs and feel-good messages. It's bound to be a great night out for the whole family.

The show will run from 2 to 16 February 2019. Tickets for Hairspray the Musical range from R185 to R225 and are on sale now at Computicket.

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