“Hairspray” opens to sold-out crowd
Suffield’s annual musical opened to a sold-out audience in the Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center on December 6. With an astounding 70 actors filling the production, the cast, crew, and orchestra include 92 students and 19 faculty and staff, totaling 111 members of the Suffield community.
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Hairspray” is a family-friendly burst of laughter and romance. The show takes place in 1962 with a plus-sized teen, Tracy Turnblad, who desires nothing more but to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Using her newfound power to dethrone the reigning teen queen Amber von Tussle and integrate the WYZT television network, Tracy wins the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin while of course maintaining her fabulous head of hair.
Starring as Tracy, Meg Durhager ’18 commented, “I didn’t fully realize how big of a role I was playing until I took a bow at the end of the first show; it was overwhelming in the best way. It has been truly thrilling to embody this character, and I will miss being her when the show closes. I hope what people take away from the performance is the importance of equality, acceptance of yourself, and the inclusion of others. Every bit of effort makes a difference.”