Hairspray musical at the Artscape

Kristina Burge plays the lead role of Tracy Turnblad.

Pinelands Players will be staging Hairspray the Musical at the Artscape from Saturday February 2 to Saturday February 16.

Based on Hairspray, the 1988 cult classic film, Hairspray the Broadway Musical has been reproduced worldwide with its tale of love and acceptance.

The story follows teenager Tracy Turnblad in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, at the height of the civil rights movement. Tracy, with her considerable Jackie O-inspired hairdo, dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins Show.

After initially being rejected, Tracy’s determination lands her on the show, but despite rocketing to local celebrity status she faces discrimination for her opinions, weight, choice of friends and hairdo.

Determined to be the change she wants to see, Tracy uses her position to challenge social perceptions and bring about the racial integration of the show.

“It may be a volunteer show, but with our very talented cast you are not going to see an amateur show, you are going to see a professional production,” said Pinelands Players chairperson, Laura Bosman.

“Pinelands Players is a community theatre society with a long, proud, award-winning history, spanning more than 70 years. “We don’t do this for money, but for the love of theatre.”

Tickets cost from R185 to R225. Book through Computicket.