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Modesto Junior College

MJC Theater, Music and Dance Departments stage Hairspray musical

The Modesto Junior College Theater, Music and Dance Departments present the musical "Hairspray" on March 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and March 25 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto.  

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, provides family-friendly fun piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, 1960s-style dance music and tuneful songs.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable plus-size teenager 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. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!Hairspray cast

Lead cast members include:

Marilyn Diaz-Norris as Tracy Turnblad
Jesse Garcia as Link Larkin
Christine Ford as Penny Pingleton
Andrew Merrill as Seaweed J. Stubbs
Tasha Williams as Motormouth Maybelle
Ambrosia Lobo as Velma Von Tussle
Jasmine Soria as Amber Von Tussle
Patrick Norris as Corny Collins
Philip Azevedo as Edna Turnblad
Andrew Kelly as Wilbur Turnblad

The production is directed by MJC Professor of Theater Arts Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell, with Music Professor Cathryn Tortell as musical director and Dance Professor Kim T. Davis as choreographer. Costumes are designed by Mary Reilly, and Ty Helton and Kevin Saunders are providing set and lighting design for the production.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for students, seniors and children, and are available in advance through the MJC Box Office, (209) 575-6776, open Tuesday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 p.m., online at or at the door 90 minutes prior to showtime.