Albany High to present Hairspray
ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb.
27, 2018) --
The Albany High School Theatre Ensemble will
tackle issues of race and privilege in its production of the
will be held in the Albany High auditorium 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15
through Saturday, March 17, with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, March
18. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $15 for adults.
Theatre Ensemble volunteers will sell
concessions during all shows.
Donations of baked goods, snacks or bottled water are welcome and can be
dropped off at the concession table in the hallway. If
you’re donating home-made goodies, please list the ingredients.
Set in Baltimore
in 1962, Hairspray
features Tracy Turnblad, an outspoken and overweight white teenager who
lands in detention for skipping school and wearing too much hairspray.
In detention, she becomes fast friends with Seaweed Stubs, an
has reached rock-star status in the musical theater canon, largely
revered for its dependable belly laughs and frolicking dance numbers.
Ultimately, though, it is a timely tale about race relations in America,
and the story isn’t all that funny at its core,” said Ward Dales,
Theatre Ensemble Director.
Dales said he’s
proud that students involved in the production have embraced the deeper
themes of the show.
“In taking on
this work, we’ve come to realize more clearly that the only way we can
work toward a more equitable world is to find the courage to examine our
own complicities, no matter how subtle, in maintaining the status quo,”
is directed by Dales and Gregory Theodore Marsh.
Tracy – Annabelle Duffy, junior
Edna (Tracy’s mother) – John Sawyer, Albany High science teacher
Wilbur – Larry Bizzarro, Albany High science teacher
Corny Collins – Sam Bromirski, junior
Penny/Council friend –
Aviva Schwartz, sophomore (Thursday and Saturday); Alexis Flynn,
senior (Friday and Sunday)
Velma – Sophia
Amber – Alexandra
Link – Etan Kazyiev,
Seaweed – Jah’Leem
Rivera, sophomoreLittle Inez – Esmerelda Jones, sophomore
Motormouth Maybelle –
Jessica Bebo, Albany High secretaryPrudy/Matron/Gym teacher – Anneka
... and many more!
he mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
about 9,600 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.