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April 01, 2016

It’s Hairspray! 

Lost Nation Theater brings Broadway to Central Vermont with Hairspray the Musical! Thursdays – Sundays, April 21– May 8, 2016.

“I know every step. I know every song. I know there’s a place where I belong!” – Tracy Turnblad

You Can’t Stop the Beat in Hairspray! A big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance. Winner of Eight Tony Awards – including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score – Hairspray is piled “bouffant high” with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful, soulful songs. See it: Thursdays–Sundays at Lost Nation Theater, April 21-May 8.

“As inspiring as it is just plain fun” – Talkin’ Broadway

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Can she succeed in using her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, without denting her 'do?

The musical by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan is based on the 1988 John Waters film. Hairspray is hilarious and powerful. It’s inspired by actual events. While irresistibly friendly fun, it can also pack a punch tackling issues of racial justice, tolerance and acceptance.

“Hairspray teases a smile from a stone!!” – What’s On Stage

The biggest show in Lost Nation Theater’s history, Hairspray features a cast of 27 actor-dancer-singers, and a production team and crew nearly as large! The show is being led by producing artistic director Kathleen Keenan, choreographer Taryn Noelle and musical director Nick Bombicino. Many favorite LNT artists are returning and the company is also bringing in about a dozen artists from across the country to town for six weeks to create the show. 

Just what is it about Hairspray that has the folks at Lost Nation Theater so excited about taking on the challenge of mounting this monumental musical?  Director Kathleen Keenan says it’s many things, not only the show’s been on Taryn Noelle’s bucket list for a long time! “I’m really intrigued by how our space is going to shape the show – and I don’t mean the set. The fact that in our theater the farthest seat – not the closest seat (as is the norm for this show)  - is just 20 feet away is going to have a profound impact. The humanity becomes more palpable and important in the playing, making the show that much more fun, connectable, and rewarding. It’s also just darn irresistible.”

For Founding Artistic Director Kim Bent, Hairspray, while being outside the company’s typical repertoire, also exemplifies what Lost Nation Theater is about. “This is going to be a complete community-building event. The cast & crew features high schoolers who’ve been studying with us for up to 7-8 years now. Thanks to our partners at the Peace & Justice Center, Vermont Works for Women, Christ Church, and Outright Vermont, we’re engaging in community-wide conversation around the issues and struggles central to the show. And of course, we’ll be sharing the highest quality entertainment with our neighbors.” (Click here for a full schedule of events.) He also admits “Sitting in on rehearsal, I can’t help smiling. The energy is so joyful and uplifting.” 

Join the Party! And there will be a special party on Opening Night Friday, April 22 with a pre-show reception catered by Bon Temps Gourmet & Sweet Mellissa’s. Curtain is:7:30pm Thu thru Saturday and 2pm Sat & Sun  Tickets are: $30 Fri & Sat Evening;  $25 Thu and Matinees. Opening Night is $40 all inclusive. Special tickets Preview Thu April 21 and Saturday Matinee April 23: $15.  Students & seniors (age 65): $5 OffYouth 11 & under always just $10.  Family Passes Available.   Lost Nation Theater is wheelchair accessible, and offers an assisted listening system.

Call! Go Online! Or get tickets at the City Clerk’s Office on the first floor of Montpelier City Hall. You can also take a chance on getting tickets at the door! (1 hour before curtain). For tickets & information: call 802-229-0492, or click here 

Lost Nation Theater: winner “Best in New England”- Yankee Magazine, and named One of the Best Regional Theaters in America by NYC Drama League is Sponsored by Capitol Copy, City of Montpelier, Eternity Web, National Life Group, WDEV, The Times Argus, and The Point-FM.  Hairspray is also funded in part by VCFA. with support from Myles Court Barbershop