Harrison High’s theater program takes on musical with a message

Harrison High School thespians take the auditorium stage March 22-25 with a musical reminder that it’s important to fight for every human being’s rights.

Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, “Hairspray” shares the story of quirky, plus-sized, teenager Tracy Turnblad (played by Elizabeth Kagan), who has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. While she serves detention with her school’s African-American students, Seaweed (Maxwell Martin), Little Inez (Hannah Martin) and their friends teach her some of their dance moves, which help her dream come true.

Harrison High Hairspray
Pictured from left: Link (Perry Kreiss), Tracy (Liz Kagan), Penny (Gen Benson), and Seaweed (Maxwell Martin). (Harrison High Theater)

Tracy becomes an overnight sensation and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. She faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma (Izzy Taylor), and her popular but vicious daughter, Amber (Annaliese Fowler). With the help of teenage heartthrob Link (Perry Kreiss), host Corny Collins (Justin Bugeja), and the host of “Negro Day,” Motormouth Maybelle (Chania Malcum), Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission.

Tony Award-winning Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today, not only because of its wit and charm, but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and progress that it portrays.

Hairspray brings together the directing talents of Dean and Sue Cobb, Lucy Koviak, Kathy Seremet, Peggy Babcock and Tom Schroeder, along with approximately 90 talented students on stage, back stage and in the orchestra pit.

Performances will be held March 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 at 2 p.m. All seats are reserved at $12 for students and seniors (60+) and $15 for adults. Seniors with a Farmington Senior Adult Card will receive one free ticket per card.

Purchase tickets at the door, through the box office (after March 12) at 248-888-6274, or during all lunches (11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) March 12-15 and 19–23.

Harrison High School is located at 29995 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills.