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Summer-school musical ‘Hairspray’ extends run

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Gazette staff
July 19, 2011
— The Janesville School District will present two additional performances of the musical “Hairspray” this weekend.

The summer-school show played to hundreds Thursday through Sunday, but so many more people asked to see it that the run was extended, said director Jim Tropp.


The “Hairspray” encore presentations are slated for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker High School, 3125 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville.


Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Outlets are Voigt Music, 1401 W. Court St.; Knapton Musik Knotes, 2475 Milton Ave.; and the Educational Services Center 527 S. Franklin St., all in Janesville. Tickets also will be available at the box office on the day of performances or by calling (608) 743-5591.


The cast and crew include more than 40 students from several area high schools.


“The show is up and running, and the kids are extremely excited about doing it.” Tropp said.


Tropp said many people asked for the extra performances because they were busy with other events over the weekend. One of those events was “The Wizard of Oz,” which SpotLight on Kids put on at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.


“Oz,” which overlapped “Hairspray,” also extended its run, adding performance the night of Sunday, July 17.


“Hairspray” is the bouncy, sometimes hilarious story of Tracy Turnblad, a plump teen from Baltimore in 1962. She dreams of dancing on the local TV dance show but organizes a protest against the show when she finds that it bans blacks.



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