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Spring Musical: Large cast, larger success, too large of a crowd

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The cast of Hairspray in the final bow.

The cast of Hairspray in the final bow.

The cast of Hairspray in the final bow.

Hailey Hecht-O'Connor, Staff Writer

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The largest show in Eisenhower history was so grand, there were not enough seats to go around.

From Wednesday, April 19 – Saturday, April 22, the Drama Department put on their version of the popular Broadway musical, Hairspray; the largest show in the school’s history.

Unlike last year’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hairspray only had two public shows on April 21 and April 22.

According to Sarina Kledzik, the stage director, a track meet prevented them from adding a Thursday show. To make up for the loss of a show, a Wednesday show was added for students and staff.

“Almost 100 students to that show.” Kledzik explained, “It was such a success adding the Wednesday show that we are going to do that from now on!”

Each night was a success, but due to there being only two shows, some people were turned away.

“(Hairspray) was an amazing show,” states Lori Ritos, cast member, “But some of my family missed it because the crowd was packed! Hopefully next year they can add another show.”

Hairspray is a dance-heavy musical set in the 1960’s about an overweight teenager named Tracy Turnblad with dreams of landing a spot on the dancing program The Corny Collins Show, and integrating racial equality.

According to Tina Jacklin, music director, the show consisted of 24 dance numbers accompanied by a full pit orchestra. 80 students were involved in Hairspray’s production.

Jacklin and Kledzik will meet up in a week to discuss what musical should be done for the 2017-2018 school year. A Christmas Carol has already been decided to be the fall play.

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