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GHS production of 'Hairspray' opens Friday

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By Shannon Watkins

Anyone looking for high-low culture (and a good dance number) this weekend in the Twin Counties need look no further than the Galax High School auditorium, where students will be recreating Civil Rights-era Baltimore in the hit musical “Hairspray,” based on the John Waters film of the same name.

Helmed by first-time director Jessica Snow, who teaches chorus, the players (shown here at a Tuesday dress rehearsal) include Heath Snyder as heartthrob Link Largen, David Hix as hip music show host Corny Collins, Ricky Dickerson as the dynamic Seaweed J. Stubbs, Bailey Delp as a winning Tracy Turnbladt, Catharine Butler as Tracy’s loyal best friend Penny Pingleton and Cruz Garcia as the showstopping Edna Turnbladt.

“I think it’s gonna be a blast!” said Garcia.

The show’s message? We’re stronger when we don’t let our differences divide us — an especially timely theme — and that nothing lasts like rock’n’roll, true love and a really good hairspray.

Shows are Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.