The Broadway musical 'Hairspray' wrapped up its third and final night in Rapid City Saturday with another sold-out show. "It just blows my mind, yeah, it's really, really great," said Justin Speck, director. "The community support for this project has been overwhelming."
Speck says a few things played into the huge success. It's the first musical done in Central High School's new theater, and popular local actors like Joey Lore starred in the show. "Being in this cast, working on this show has been absolutely phenomenal," said Lore.
Lore plays Edna Turnblad, the mother of a larger girl named Tracy who dreams of starring on a TV show. The role of Edna was written for a male actor. "She's a lot of fun to play," said Lore.
But the show also brought out first time actor Berkley Fierro, who plays the show's mean girl. "I did not expect to get a big role, I just expected to be in the ensemble and I got it and I freaked out," said Fierro.
But this newbie was quickly accepted. "Everyone is so welcoming and nice, I feel like I've been a part of it my whole life," said Fierro.
Which is the meaning behind 'Hairspray' and theater in general. "The social message behind the show is acceptance of everyone no matter what color your skin is or what your size is, and so being in the performing arts that's our philosophy as well," said Lore.
Director Speck agrees. "Theater is about human beings and if we can teach a really great moral lesson in the process because of it we're better for it," said Speck.
Tickets were $20. The money is going toward sending 40 theater kids to Italy for a nine-city tour, including the chance to see an opera in Rome.