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Hairspray tackles issues of race
Musical doesn't dance around issues of race, discrimination
Hairspray is set to hold audiences in place with three showings this weekend at the Park Theater. Pictured are cast members, front row, from left, Cassidy Prater and Ashley David. Back row, Antwaun Vaughn, Christian Weeter, Logan Taylor, Rachel Masters and Haili Evans.
The fairytales of “Snow White” and “The Little Mermaid” have been put on hold.Dream Reality Group is tackling real-life issues of discrimination and racism in its fifth Park Theater production. “Hairspray” is set to debut this weekend with shows on Friday and Saturday.The musical, set in the 1960s, follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, a pleasantly plump teen who dreams of gaining stardom on “The Corny Collins Show.” Tracy auditions and displays some dazzling dance moves, but is rejected because of her size.A number of subplots exist, including Tracy’s desire to integrate “The Corny Collins Show,” which only allows blacks to appear during its monthly “Negro Day.”