Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, June 22, 2018

sha_sprayFrom left at rehearsal are Gabe Armentano as Link, Phoebe Wright as Tracy Turnblad and Hannah Kolb as Penny Pingleton, and Jamal Sancho as Seaweed.

HAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) will stage "Hairspray" at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Paollela Recreational Center on the campus, located at 265 Benham St.

Tickets at $15 are available for purchase at the school from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

"Hairspray" is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the '60s. It includes 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. Set in 1962 Baltimore, "Hairspray" is the story of a plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad, and her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show.

When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and then launches a campaign to integrate the show.

SHA senior Phoebe Wright stars as Tracy Turnblad, and Gabriel Armentano a student at Oxford High School, stars as Link. Other leading roles include Sean Potter of Notre Dame High School in West Haven as Corny Collins; Joe Rapuano of East Haven High School as Edna; Hannah Kolb of SHA as Penny Pingleton; Peter Charney of Amity High School in Woodbridge as Wilbur Turnblad; Kailey Wheeler of SHA as Prudy Pingleton, Sheilagh Lichtenfels of SHA as Velma Von Tussle; and Jamal Sancho of North Haven High School as Seaweed.

"The annual fall musical at Sacred Heart Academy is one of the school’s most loved traditions, and student involvement is the key. The musical will showcase the talents of over 100 current students with scores more contributing backstage," said play director Joan McAfee.

Musical direction will be by the schools music director, Christopher Hartel. Clayton Andrew McMurray, a graduate of the North Haven Academy–Paul Mitchell Partner School, is the musical’s hair and makeup designer.