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H.O.T. gearing up for second to last weekend of 'Hairspray'

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

 HUNTINGTON — The Hills are alive with the groovy sounds of ‘Hairspray’ but not for long.

The clock is ticking and there’s now only one weekends  left to see Huntington Outdoor Theatre which is in its 20th and final year.

 This year, they pop the campy dance-fevered musical, “Hairspray,” that lights up Ritter Park at 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 19-21 and July 26-28.

Get there early as gates open at 6:30  p.m. for picnicking. The children’s pre-show, “Disney Extravaganza!” and the community pre-show begin at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, cooler, etc.

 Performing this week for the pre-show will be HOT’s children’s camp, Bridgett’s Dance Academy, a preview of Curtains Up Players’ production of “Shrek: The Musical,” and last but not least, former H.O.T. alum, and Nashville singer/songwriter Stephen Salyers who will be singing on Friday and Sunday.

Admission is $15/$13, Seniors (65+) and Kids (5-12) Kids under 5 free. Groups of 20 tickets or more are $12 per ticket.

Director and H.O.T. founder Helen Freeman said after a shaky start opening weekend with one rainout and two other nights with rain, this past weekend was marvelous.
“Oh my goodness it was tremendous,” Freeman said. “Without the rain the actors really put it together. Rain really hurts a show especially we have a lot of newcomers who have never worked outdoors and it is distracting and hard and this week it blossomed. We had one of the biggest weekends we’ve had in three years. And it is was one of the first weekends in a long time that we didn’t have rain on any of the days so it was a blockbuster weekend.”

In Friday’s Herald-Dispatch, read more about H.O.T.’s production of “Hairspray” and how one life-long church performer found her voice and groove playing a major role in the 1960s-set musical.

Go online at www.hotwv.org for more info about the show