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Disney preshow kicks off 'Hairspray'

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

HUNTINGTON -- For 20 years, Huntington Outdoor Theatre has been bringing people together at the Ritter Park Amphitheater to celebrate the arts and carry on a summertime tradition.

And bringing people together is precisely the theme of "Hairspray," the theater company's final show during its final season.

With three more weekends ahead, "Hairspray" tells the story of a bubbly teenage girl in the early 1960s and her efforts to make it onto a Baltimore dance show television program, and to help her African-American friends in their struggles toward integration.

Directed by Helen Freeman, the production features actors from Huntington and throughout the region -- from Charleston to Lexington. It stars Jessica Cooper as Tracy Turnblad and Levi Kelly as her mother, Edna Turnblad. Also starring in the cast are Ryan Hardiman as dance show host Corny Collins, Rhonda Joplin as Motormouth Maybelle, Evan Sullivan as Link Larkin, Christin Gerwig as Penny Pingleton, Brynna Horswell as Amber Von Tussell, Kennie Bass as Wilbur Turnblad, Candy Howard as Velma Von Tussell, and Barry Westmoreland as Seaweed J. Stubbs.

The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday for the remaining three weekends in July. A preshow featuring local children singing Disney favorites begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $13 for senior citizens and kids ages 5 to 12. Kids 4 and younger are free.

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