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July 29, 2011 Published in Arts & Style

“Hairspray” Plays To Full, Happy House

By Kristi Shelloner

(Left-Right) Jacklyn Young as Penny, Christina Kidd as Amber, Shannon Kingett as Tracy Turnblad, Christopher Harris as Edna Turnblad. Photo By: Doug Olmsted

“Hairspray,” is the monumental new production playing at the Little Theater of Alexandria through Aug. 13. It is fabulous, a must see. Buy your tickets now! Wednesday and Thursday night performances were sold out so don’t delay. Come out and enter the magical world of hairspray and Tracy Turnblad.

Tracy Turnblad, played superbly by Shannon Kingett, lives in a world populated by her larger-than-life mother, her insuperably optimistic father, a dreamy teen heartthrob crush, and a valiant best friend. Here is a world where dreams come true, right triumphs in the end, true love is accepted and integration is simply a matter of dancing together. This much schmaltzy sweetness could make you wince, but LTA’s masterful production of “Hairspray” just leaves you wanting more.

The huge cast (30 actors, dancers, and singers) romp, kick, twirl and line dance to the delightful and whimsical choreography of Ivan Davila and the music of the Hairspray Band. The vocals are stunning and bold. The costumes are enchanting and the characters are loveable enough to take home. They are also downright funny. Meet the Pinkettes and Dynamites, girl-group cliques from “opposite” sides of the track, heartthrob Link Larkin (Sam Jones, T.C. Williams soon-to-be senior,) and Jaclyn Young as hilarious Peggy Pingleton. They all shine.

The charm, vitality and sheer rockability of this production, directed by Sue Pinkman, will have you dancing in your seats by the end of the performance. The Dynamites and Pinkettes may even pull you out of your chair to dance with them in the aisles and, amazingly, you will want to!






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