ADA — Ada Junior High Performing Arts presents the Broadway musical Hairspray, at Ada High School’s Cougar Activity Center Thursday, Nov.. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Music is by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman, directed by Vickie Reifsnider, with music under the direction of Nancy Forbes, and choreography by Stephanie Truett.
The musical is set in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1962.
Tracy Turnblad, played by Annabelle Elliott, portrays a plump teenager whose dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program, and to change the world by supporting integration. Corny Collins will be played by Juan Oseguera on Nov. 15 and by Courtland Teal on Nov. 17. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show, which upsets Mr. Spritzer (Mitchell Galbreaith) and station manager Velma Von Tussle, played by Shelby Davis. Tracy catches the eye of teenage idol Link Larkin (Hunter Frazier) who is supposed to be going steady with Velma’s daughter Amber, played by Natalie Jack.
The Corny Collin’s dance council dances its way into the hearts of viewers. They are McKenzie Dean (Lou Ann), Savannah Cloar (Brenda), Hannah Kaiser (Shelley), Mary Jackson (Tammy), Gunner Holder (Fender), Dakota Lovett (Brad), Brendan Anoatubby (IQ), and Joshua Aynes (Sketch). Tracy’s best friend, Penny Pingleton, played by Marleigh McClure, doesn’t do much dancing until she meets Seaweed J. Stubbs (Trayvon Miller), who turns her world upside down and causes her mother, Prudy Pingleton (Mackenzee Crosby), to take drastic action to keep then apart.
However, Seaweed’s mother, Motor-mouth Maybelle (Mataia Blackwell), supports the relationship and warns them it is a hard road ahead. Little Inez, played by Brittany Prince, adds to the fun along with her sidekicks, Cindy Watkins (Miracle Black), Diane (Deja Minor), Lorraine (Makala Allen), and Gilbert (Jonathan Floyd).
Patterson High is run by a strict principal (Christopher Spain) and a too-laid-back coach (Gage Langley), who seems to have gym full of students in detention (Victoria Ablett, Taylor Bohanan, McKenzie Clark, Tanya Gutierrez, and Benjamin Muse).
The loving couple of the performance is none other than Tracy Turnblad’s parents, Wilbur (Chad Whittington) and Edna (Jackson Davis). Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.
Ada Junior High students and faculty behind the scenes are Mrs. Beverly Ballagh, Amber McClendon, Aubrey Halford, Morgan Galbreaith, Kierra Mann, Madion Feezel, Macie Neal, Avery Anderson, Max Elliott, Ricky Gonzalez, Lane Taylor, and Makayla Blair.
The performances are open to the public. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students at the door.