Nelson County, Virginia
Talk about bringing the house down! That’s what the NCHS  drama students did Saturday night in the musical Hairspray! It was one of several performances the team has put on in the past couple of days. NCL’s East Nelson Photographer, Victoria Mininger, was there to grab a few shots. She said the performance by the NCHS students was nothing short of “awesome!” That comes with some authority as Victoria did several years of theater directing herself before Nelson.
Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.
If you haven’t seen the production you have one more chance Sunday afternoon at 2PM for a matinee performance.