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Sudbury theatre staging Hairspray, which explores prejudice, at a time of heightened racial tension

Hairspray, one of the most widely produced musicals today, is more than just bubble gum music and big hair. A though-provoking exploration of prejudice and racism, it perhaps is more relevant now than when it was originally staged in 2002.

In 1962, Baltimore, Maryland, plus-sized quirky teen Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins Show. After spending time in detention with some African-American students, she learns some cool dance moves that eventually win her a spot on the popular television show. Tracy becomes an overnight sensation and uses her newfound stardom to advocate for racial integration.

YES Theatre presents Hairspray Aug. 12 to 27 at the Sudbury Theatre Centre and the cast hopes it will add more to the discussion already happening in coffee shops and courthouses across North America…

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