Desert Foothills Theater to stage musical-comedy, ‘Hairspray’ Jan. 9-18

Link and Tracy, the lead characters in "Hairspray." Photo by Wade Moran.

Link and Tracy, the lead characters in “Hairspray.” Photo by Wade Moran.

Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, celebrates its 40th season with its second youth theater production of the season, “Hairspray”, set for Friday, Jan. 9 through Sunday, Jan. 18 in the intimate Black Box Theater of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., in North Scottsdale.

Tracy gets scolded by her mother, Edna. Photo by Wade Moran.

Tracy gets scolded by her mother, Edna. Photo by Wade Moran.

Directed by Chris Hamby, DFT’s production of “Hairspray” features a talented young cast ranging in age from 13 to adult.

The family-friendly musical was the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. Audience members can expect to see piled-high bouffant combined with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

The plot takes place in 1962 in Baltimore, where the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.”

When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!’

Over the years, Desert Foothills Theater has increased its commitment to providing educational opportunities for young actors throughout the north Valley. The non-profit recently added a fourth location for classes and workshops at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity on Miller Road in order to provide easy access for families living in the Sonoran Hills,  Grayhawk, DC Ranch, Tatum Ranch, Desert Ridge and other nearby communities.

Performances for “Hairspray” are at 7 p.m. Jan. 9, 10, 16 and 17; 2 p.m. Jan. 11, 17 and 18.

Tickets range from $16 to $21 for adults and $12 to $16 for youth and students. Visit www.dftheater.org or call (480) 488-1981.

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