Roosevelt Theatre Company impresses with Hairspray

By Gisselle Washington | Staff Writer |

Roosevelt Theatre Company strikes again with the timeless musical Hairspray for the first production of 2019. Performances included compelling acting from the cast, intricate dances, and powerful vocals.

The company of Hairspray takes a bow at the final curtain call of the production.

The production ran on January 24, 25, 26 in the Roosevelt auditorium.

“My favorite part of the play was probably Run and Tell That,” chorus singer Shandra Levy said. “There was a lot of dancing and singing involved and since I’m usually a very shy person when it comes to dancing, it was very exciting to finally get out of my comfort zone and have some fun for once.”

The musical highlighted themes of prejudice and freedom of speech while highlighting individuality taking place in Baltimore of the 1960s.

“In my opinion [in] the movie there’s a lot of extra things that could distract you from the true messages, but in the play in those few scenes you can really focus on what’s going on,” Levy said.

The company practiced for three months including learning choreography, acting scenes, and new music.

“It was overwhelming but I enjoyed every second,” actor Sa’rye Wratcher said. “I met new people and made friendships. I also discovered that I like to dance more than I usually do. Some theater kids are weird but they’re so loving and really really talented.”