Relevant now more than ever: Graham Middle School, Graham High School and North Graham Elementary School to present “Hairspray Jr.”

Commentary by Baley Sutton
Special to the Times-News 


Logan Yokeley plays Penny Pingleton in "Hairspray Jr." [Baley Sutton / Special to the Times-News

   The Graham High School Theatre Department, in conjunction with Graham Middle School and North Graham  Elementary School, will be presenting “Hairspray Jr.” Thursday through Sunday in the high school auditorium.
   The musical, set in 1962 Baltimore, follows a teenage girl named Tracy Turnblad (played by both Crysta Heady and  Madison Jordan) as she dreams of becoming a dancer on a local TV show. During the 1960s, the civil rights movement  was at its peak and segregation was an important issue. Tracy, who just wants to fit in, gets her dream role on the show  and decides to lead a campaign to integrate the show which becomes a bigger issue than she thought it was.
“This musical proves how even though we look and act different , we shouldn’t be treated that way. There should be  acceptance for all people,” Crysta Heady said.
   The cast of nearly 70 believes that performing this show will really have an impact on the community and even though it  is set more than 50 years ago, it is more relevant now than ever.
   “Hairspray” Jr. might be a more condensed version of the original show but it still holds the same values that made the  show a smash hit on Broadway. It truly captures the time period of the ’60s as well as issues that are still among us today.
   “It’s a symbol for how powerful music can be when bringing two very different groups of people together to reach common goal which is unity,” said Kenny Andrews who plays Corny Collins.

Show times are 7 p.m. April 27-29 and 3 p.m. April 30, 2017, in the Graham High School auditorium, 903 Trollinger Road, Graham. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more details, call 336-570-6440 or visit

Baley Sutton is a senior at Graham High School and plays Amber Von Tussle in “Hairspray Jr.” 

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