Students will keep a tradition going, with a male playing the role of a female, when they stage Hairspray Jr.
Joe Varner, a Grade 9 student at Truro Junior High School, has taken on the role of Edna Turnblad.
“It’s my first time playing a female and my first musical,” he said. “Talking like a female is the hardest part, but I like that I can joke around.”
Delia MacKinnon is playing the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, Edna’s daughter, who has a dream to dance on a popular show.
“I honestly didn’t think it would get this role,” she said. “I’ve been doing musical theatre since I was little, and the last couple of years I had background roles in the shows.
“This part is quite challenging. The hardest part is learning the lines and songs.”
The part of Motormouth Maybelle is being played by Lola Oshikoya, who also has experience in musicals.
“This is the part I wanted,” she said. “I like the way she rhymes some of the lines, and she has inspiring things to say. It’s fun to portray a character and this is a great opportunity.”
Hairspray Jr. is set in 1962 and has a cast of 48.
Director Beth Terry said it was chosen because of its diversity and because it enables so many students to take part.
Show times are Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children, with those four or younger admitted free. They can be purchased from students who are taking part or by calling Beth Terry at 902-890-2509.