New Britain High School and the entire community are gearing up for the high school’s seventh annual spring musical.
This year, students are traveling back in time to the 1960s with “Hairspray,” a celebration of sock hops and teen love in Baltimore. Performances are March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. matinee on March 17, at the high school.
About 100 students are involved in this year’s production. Auditions were held late last fall.
Elaine Zottola, coordinator of Fine Arts for the Consolidated School District of New Britain, said “Hairspray” is different than other musicals students have performed in the past.
“Even though it’s a lot of fun, it deals with some of the issues that began to emerge in the early 60s,” Zottola said. “It deals with the issue of racism and deals with some of the growing fervor for women to go out into the world and not just stay at home, and it deals with body image.”
Robert Smedley, technical director for the show, said “Hairspray” features great talent, in addition to the cast members.
“The crew has put in many extra hours, sometimes till 10 p.m., to complete the set, lighting and sound designs,” Smedley said. “The stage crew class of almost 30 students has worked throughout the semester in teams to construct and rig set pieces and special effects, including a ten-foot hairspray can.”
Some of the set pieces were donated by Hamden’s Sacred Heart Academy, which put on “Hairspray” last year.
Past musicals put on by the high school have included “Oklahoma,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Flashdance,” “Grease,” and “Into the Woods.”
Tickets are $15 for reserved seating, $10 for general admission. Senior citizens are invited to watch the dress rehearsal on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. for $5.
For tickets, call 860-225-6300 ext. 527 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.nbhsshows.org” www.nbhsshows.org. Tickets are also available at the Hospital of Central CT.’s concierge desk for the Friday and Saturday shows.