Tampa, Fla. – The Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts will present students in grade nine through college in Hairspray in the TECO Theater on Friday-Sunday, June 27-29.
Leading up to the performances, students will spend three intensive weeks rehearsing and creating the show, directed by Sean Ryan Paris.
Hairspray is a family-friendly musical set in 1962 Baltimore and piled bouffant high with laughter, romance and delightfully tuneful songs. When the show premiered on Broadway, it won eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical.
Hairspray tells the story of lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad, who has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!
Performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Regularly priced tickets to Hairspray are $10 and $15 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.
More information is available by calling 813.222.1002 and at www.patelconservatory.org. The non-profit Straz Center is committed to arts education as an essential part of its mission, and the fully accredited Patel Conservatory makes it all happen. Each year, the lives of more than 50,000 students are enriched in classrooms, on stages and through outreach programs. The Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels.
Events, days, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice.
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The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its programs are funded in part by the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council/Hillsborough County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.