Hip, Hip Hairspray!

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 04:21 PM.

Performing one of the high points of the show, in a magnificent tribute to the joy of eating and of self-love, high school teacher Elinor Mount-Simmons, as Motormouth Maybelle, brought down the house with her rendition of “Big, Blonde and Beautiful.”

The show gave all the actors a chance to provide an energetic, unabashed, free-wheeling performance, and each took advantage. As the heartthrob Link Larkin, Logan McLeod had the slick gestures down as he crooned “It Takes Two” to a pie-eyed, giggly Tracy. As Seaweed Stubbs, Jathan Martin set a standard for the cast to emulate as he danced and sang “Run and Tell That” together with Little Inez and the Dynamites, a tribute to the Supremes and other ‘60s female soul-pop trios, played by Morgan Martin, Shameika Lake and Beyla Walker, in elegant gowns and satin gloves.

Luke Hames, as Harriman Spritzer, was a comic presence in his role as proprietor of a plus-size lingerie store beloved by Edna Turnblad. High school teacher Jennifer Edwards, who also stage managed the show together with Roderick Robinson and Andrea Cupid, and para-professional Louise Chipman added their acting talents to the show, which was assisted by lots of school and community support.

Richie Herrington served as technical director, Dana Whaley took photos and Creamer’s husband Earl helped to design and create props, as W.K. Sanders’ carpentry class handled construction of the set.

The list of backers continues, including Ace Hardware, Penny’s Worth, Anthony Cooley from PAEC, Dolores Croom, Deborah Huckeba, Nina Marks, Scott Shiver, Lee Venable, Cathy Wood, and many more.

It was a labor of love, a tribute to gumption and perseverance and a powerful, musical blast for the renewal of an effort to expand the theater opportunities at the school.

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