Hairspray makes a big entrance into Omaha


May 24th, 2012

Omaha, NE – Hairspray rocks, rolls, twists and turns its way to the Omaha Community Playhouse this Friday.

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Eastin Yates plays the character Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, which runs through June 24 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. (Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse)

Unforgettable characters like Tracy and Edna Turnblad, Motormouth Maybelle, and Corny Collins hit the main stage in Hairspray at the Omaha Community Playhouse Friday.

The musical production is based on John Waters’ movie of the same name. In the play, Tracy Turnblad, one of the main characters, is a teenage misfit. She’s a big girl, with big hair, dreaming of integrating a Baltimore dance television show in the 1960s.

“You have to dream big to be big, and if you don’t see yourself where you want to be maybe you’ll never get there,” said Susan Baer Collins, who directs the show. “So, if you see barriers and nothing but barriers in front of you, they’ll probably always remain.”

This Hairspray production has a cast of 30 people, and Baer Collins said it drew a big response. One hundred and seventy five people in Omaha auditioned to be a part of the production.

Baer Collins added the show is filled to the brim with 52 wigs, and when they’re placed on the various actors, some stand 16 and 18 inches high. She also said there are 17 choreographed, catchy musical numbers including “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”

“Then you just can’t stop moving,” Baer Collins said. “I dare anybody in the last number of the show not to be moving some part of their body during the end of the production.”

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