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‘Hairspray' on stage at WVSU

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For the first time in 30 years, a musical will be presented by students on the campus of West Virginia State University.

Students in the Music and Communications departments of WVSU are teaming up to present the Broadway musical "Hairspray" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-17 in the Davis Fine Arts Theater.

"There is a lot of talent on this campus, and we are going to make good use of it in this musical," said Professor Susan Marrash-Minnerly, who is also serving as the director of the musical. "These kids deserve an opportunity to show off their talents."

The cast for "Hairspray" is all students, with one exception. WVSU English professor Tim Alderman also has a role in the show.

Marrash-Minnerly said that she had wanted to perform a musical on campus for some time, and "Hairspray" was the leading choice because it is "big, splashy and fun."

"Hairspray" is set in the 1960s and follows Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, who has a passion to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance show, "The Corny Collins Show" and overnight is transformed into a teen celebrity. She then uses her newfound fame to launch a campaign to racially integrate the show.

"I think that a lot of issues addressed in ‘Hairspray' are appropriate to talk about on a college campus," Marrash-Minnerly said. "It is about acceptance, and it delivers the message in a fun and wild manner."

Tickets are $10 to the general public.