Local theater production of ‘Hairspray’ begins April 30

The Simley High School Theatre Guild in Inver Grove Heights is in the midst of rehearsing for its spring production of the 1960s musical “Hairspray,” debuting at the Simley High School Performing Arts Center, 2990 80th Street in Inver Grove Heights, April 30, running through May 3.

“Hairspray” tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a girl who loves to dance and sing. The show reflects on young love, civil rights issues and the challenge of never giving up, combining songs from the movie and Broadway productions, including “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”

“The show is going great,” said Simley senior Cole Truesdell, who plays the role of Edna, Tracy’s mother who is traditionally portrayed by a male actor. “It has plenty of new faces playing featured roles,” he said.

Fellow actor Anthony Omodt-Lopez, a junior at Simley, agreed, adding that the participants of the show look forward to this “dance-driven” musical.

“There is something special about having a [grades] 6-12 program,” director Sheila Casey-Best said. “We can offer more diversity. We have also been really trying to raise the level of professionalism in our theater.”

Ticket prices are $10 for adults (18 and older), $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children. Performances are April 30 and May 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and May 3 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.simleytheatre.org.


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