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So far, in the few short months that we’ve been on our 2 Year Musical Journey, we’ve gotten to see and do some really cool things. And, things have just fallen into place and worked out so well. That is, up until a few weeks ago. We had tickets to see Hairspray at the Carlisle Theater Company, and we were so looking forward to it. Then, Gracie’s friend Rylie (who has been accompanying us to many of our shows) found out that she had to work that day. Unfortunately, before we even found someone to take her place, Brian’s mom passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Sunday, October 11th – Hairspray Day.
Thankfully for me, I have good friends. I called on my good friend Tammy and she and her son Jonathan gladly stepped in and accompanied the girls. I was so sad that I had to miss the show, but family had to come first.*
About the Show
You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance.
The 1950’s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of 8 TONY Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.
Heidi Says . . .
I’m so nosy that it really bothers me when I see this picture and know that I wasn’t there to share in the fun with my girls and our friends! But, I’m so glad that Tammy and Jonathan were able and willing to go along. And, I think they had fun! I’ve asked them to share their thoughts on the show . . .
Gracie Says . . .
The singing and acting were great! What sticks out in my mind most is the guy who played Edna (Ryan Boyles) – he really knew how to act the part and was very entertaining. There were times, though, that the pit band played so loudly that it was hard to hear the actors (I realize, though, that this was an issue with sound and microphones; so I can’t hold it against them too much.) I would definitely visit again, and hope that we are able to.
Tammy Says . . .
“Hairspray” was a riot. I laughed so hard and really enjoyed the acting, scenery, music, and dancing. The theater wasn’t anything fancy, but it was quite charming. The cast did a great job. Unfortunately, the music was a little too loud, so it was hard to understand the words to the songs. But the talent was very apparent. The gentlemen playing Tracy Turnblad’s mother, I believe his name was Ryan Boyles, was a comic genius. He was perfect for the role, kind of like Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show. He made the play for me. But the entire production was very well done. I would definitely go to another performance at the Carlisle Community Theater.
Unfortunately, Hairspray was only running through the 18th of October, so it’s too late for me to tell you to go and see it.
But, the good news is that Carlisle Theater Company has a great line-up of shows for 2016 including Title of Show (yes! that is the title), Full Monty (for ADULTS), and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Be sure to check out their website for more information, or follow them on social media:
The Musical Journey
This first year of our 2 Year Musical Journey is focused on American History, so Hairspray, set in 1960’s Baltimore ties in perfectly. With the main themes of the show being racism and self-acceptance, this musical can be tied in to so much more than just history alone – think: social studies, health, home ec, etc.
More About the 2 Year Musical Journey
- Our Musical Journey Begins
- Seize the Day (Newsies)
- From Oklahoma to the South Pacific
- How Sweet the Sound
*No, I didn’t make my girls miss the musical for the funeral. There were a lot of extenuating family circumstances, but my kids were not close to their paternal grandmother at all. But, that’s a story for another day . . .