‘Hairspray’ features local talent

By on August 29, 2010

Fox Falley Theatre Company present ’60s tribute musical
ELBURN—The Fox Valley Theatre Company’s production of “Hairspray” features Elburn talent both on stage and behind the scenes.

Opening Friday, Sept. 10, at the Blizzard Theater in Elgin, “Hairspray” is directed by Aaron Thomann of Elburn, and is choreographed by Annette Thomann, also of Elburn. The cast is composed of more than 60 young actors from throughout the Fox Valley, including Kristin McFadden, 15, of Elburn.

“Hairspray” will take audiences back to 1962 Baltimore as Tracy Turnblad, a pleasantly plump teenager, sets out to dance her way onto TV’s popular “Corny Collins Show.” The TV studio is full of teens boasting bouffant hair and bopping their after-school hours away while the adults try to keep the music square and the dance floor segregated. A joyous tribute to the ’60s, the original stage production in New York won eight Tony Awards in 2003, including “Best Musical.”

The musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film. A remake of the original movie was released in 2007 and starred John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

“Hairspray” was written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Songs include “Good Morning Baltimore,” “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” “Mama I’m A Big Girl Now,” and “Welcome To The ’60s.”

Fox Valley Theatre Company (FVTC) is a nonprofit organization for young people from ninth grade through age 20. The theater is in-residence at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

Photo: Jeffrey Pierpoint portrays Link Larkin and Jocelyn Vanderwiel plays Linda Andrews in the Fox Valley Theatre Company production of ‘Hairspray.’ Courtesy photo

7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 11, 17 and 18
2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19
Blizzard Theater
1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin
Tickets cost $10 for adults
and $8 for students and seniors.
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(847) 622-0300