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Hairspray holds attention of audiences all weekend
Actors, from left, Logan Taylor, Cassidy Prater, Antwaun Vaughn and Anna Kneip sing their hearts out in one of the shows many musical presentations.

Dream Reality Group’s production of the 1960s musical, “Hairspray Jr.” addressed many real-life situations during this past weekend’s three performances at the Park Theater.
Director and actor Logan Taylor was very happy with the results and with his slate of actors, staff and volunteers.
“This was such a dynamic show and very special,” said Taylor. “It was definitely a challenge, partly because it was so different from anything we have ever done. I have to say the crowd was the most energetic and excited group we have ever had.”
The show tackled the issues of segregation, racism and body image as Tracy Turnblad, played by Cassidy Prater, attempted to dance her way onto the popular “The Corny Collins Show.” The flamboyant character of Collins was brought to life by Christian Weeter. Taylor was Turnblad’s love interest.
Youth was prevalent on stage, with actors ranging from 9 – 18 years old. Fourteen-year-old Antwaun Vaughn had his inaugural appearance starring as Seaweed J. Stubbs, singing his way into the hearts of the audience. His love interest was Penny Pingleton, played by 14-year-old Anna Kneip.
“The vocals were wonderful, with possibly the biggest surprise coming from Antwaun,” said Taylor. "He actually brought the house down with his singing and got standing ovations in every show.”
Cassidy Prater took on the lead role of Tracy, singing and dancing to several numbers.
“This was her first lead role, and she nailed it,” said Taylor. “She sang and danced through the whole show. She was a superstar.” 
The lineup of talent also included Ashley David as Tracy’s protective mother, and Rachel Masters portraying the villain of sorts, Velma Von Tussell, whose mission in life is to promote her daughter Amber, played by Emilee Taylor.
The role of Motor Mouth Maybelle was taken over just two days before opening night by Martha Grayson.
“On such a short notice, she was very professional and full of grace,” said Taylor. “Of course she was nervous, but she was incredible considering the amount of time she had to prepare.” 
A supporting cast of approximately 35 more actors made it a strong, enjoyable show, that closed with all dancing and singing the encouraging song “We Can’t Stop the Beat” and a special confetti drop. Park Theater director Kevin Roberts volunteered for confetti clean-up duty.
“We are so appreciative of everyone at the theater,” said Taylor. “We are blessed to have a partnership with The Park Theatre Group, and a sponsorship from Citizens Tri-County Bank.”
The future looks bright for Dream Reality Group, with plans to expand and grow in the 2017 season.
“We have some very magical shows in the works,” said Taylor.