Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts students are getting set to take on Hairspray, the popular broadway musical comedy, which will open at the end of this month, April, for two weekends of performances.
It might not be the bright lights of Broadway, but the images of two actors readying to show their acting skills in the latest incarnation of the popular musical comedy Hairspray are in the bright lights of a billboard on Tecumseh Road, just east of Pillette Road.
(Photo above: Hairspray The Musical promotional billboard, featuring Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts students and actors Nick Palazzolo (cast as Link Larkin) and Destiny Coulter (cast as Tracy Turnblad), located at Tecumseh Road East and Westminster Boulevard, in Windsor, Ontario. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
Known as a light-hearted comedy, Hairspray also mixes in a few of the more serious themes of the early 60s, a period well before its Windsor performers were even on the planet.
The play opened for the first time at New York’s Neil Simon Theatre in 2002. Its plot follows a young girl’s trials and tribulations leading to her performing on a 1962 sock hop episode of Baltimore’s Corny Collins Show.
Plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad, played by in Windsor by Destiny Coulter, hopes her appearance might catch the attention of singing sensation Link Larkin.
Larkin is an ideal role for local acting student Nick Palazzolo who is gaining a solid reputation for roles in such plays as The Comedy of Errors and Li’l Abner and others staged by Korda Artistic Productions, Cardinal Music and Arts Collective Theatre (ACT Windsor).
Coulter also appeared in the Comedy of Errors and Li’l Abner. In Hairspray, her character finds herself not only on television but leading the fight to integrate Baltimore television.
Some of the popular songs of the play include “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” along with, “Good Morning Baltimore” and “I Can Hear the Bells.”
The production, by the students of the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts and Walkerville Collegiate Institute, is scheduled to run April 27, 28, May 3, 4 & 5 at 7:00pm, and April 29 at 2:00pm in the auditorium of Walkerville Collegiate Institute at 2100 Richmond Street.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and are available at the door.
Article & Photos by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.