Special to the Journal
The Lee County Palladium Players’ 20th Anniversary Season continues in 2012 with their annual town-and-gown musical production coming in March. This year the renowned theatre troupe is inviting teens and adults from the Southwest Georgia area to audition for their production of the hit Broadway smash Hairspray! There are three opportunities for auditioning: on Sunday, January 8 at 2:30 p.m. and on Monday, January 9 at 3:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m.
No prepared material is required for the auditions, but the producers welcome those with prepared songs and monologues. The show’s director and choreographer, Dotty Davis, points out that teens and adults of all ethnicities are invited to audition, but there “is a special need for African-American performers in Hairspray. And, of course, the show is a celebration of dancing—in this case that high-energy dancing of the 1960s. So we need performers who dance, as well as sing and act. Folks who would like to audition for dance roles only are welcome, too.”
Hairspray was a huge success on Broadway from 2007-2009, having been adapted from the original 1988 cult classic film. It won eight Tony Awards. The show was then transformed into a hit movie musical with headliners such as John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pheiffer, Zac Effron and Queen Latifa. The show is set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, and tells the story of “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad as she pursues a spot on a local TV station’s dance party show and rallies the community against racial segregation.
Each year—for two decades now—the Lee County Palladium Players produce a town-and gown musical that features the talents of both high school students and performers of all ages from the Leesburg-Albany-Americus area. Joining Dotty Davis on the production team for this year’s show are Robby Davis, technical director and designer, and Kevin Blaise, music and vocal director.
Additional information on the upcoming auditions is available at 229.903.2297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.