Hairdos and excitement will be on the rise during this summer’s musical production of “Hairspray Jr.,” which will be presented by the Lompoc Youth Theater and the city of Lompoc’s recreation division.
The family-friendly show will be performed at the Lompoc Civic auditorium on July 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7 p.m. each night. There will be a pair of matinee performances on Saturday, July 12, and Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, but there will be an early-bird discount of $2 for tickets purchased before July 10.
Tickets are available at the Andersen Recreation Center, at 125 W. Walnut Ave.; Transcendence Winery, at 313 N. F St.; The Bookstore, at 1137 North H St. Suite Q; and from cast members. They also may be purchased over the phone, on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at (805) 875-8100.
“Hairspray Jr.” captures the spirit and turmoil of 1962 Baltimore through laughter, dance, romance, and songs performed with a live rock orchestra of professional musicians.
The story follows Tracy Turnblad, a full-figured girl with full-figured hair and a big heart, who has only one passion — to dance. When her determination and rock ’n roll moves land her a spot on a local television dance program, “The Corny Collins Show,” she is transformed from an outsider to an irrepressible teen celebrity. This trendsetter in dance and fashion uses her fame to win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, challenge the program’s reigning princess Amber, and rally against racial segregation — all without denting her 'do.
This will be the sixth summer musical camp and production Lompoc Youth Theater and the city’s recreation division has brought to the community.
Director Joyce Mayhew will be returning, along with Katie Fernandez as vocal director. Fernandez is a vocal teacher from Washington, D.C., who has worked with Barry Manilow and John Williams.
Choreography will be supplied by Broadway veteran Gioia Marchese and Rebecca Jones, the choreographer/director at Cabrillo High School. Miller James, who has been on the artistic team at Opera Santa Barbara, Westmont College Theatre and Ensemble Theatre, will be designing the costumes. Designer in Residence Lara Schmeiser will be designing the colorful set.
“Hairspray Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. MTI is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies and works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to more than 60,000 theatrical organizations in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries worldwide.