Penn State Center for the Performing Arts presents “Hairspray” on the stage of the Eisenhower Auditorium | Way of life

Concertgoers lined up outside the Eisenhower Auditorium to see Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts host a production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray,” with nearly full audiences on Thursday night.

The show’s 1960s dance music roamed the aisles.

“Hairspray” depicts life in the ’60s, where lead character Tracy Turnblad, played by Niki Metcalf, auditions for a spot on The Corny Collins Show. Although Turnblad doesn’t look like the other dancers, she gets the part by dancing for Corny Collins at the school dance.

As the play progresses, Turnblad campaigns for inclusivity in the Corny Collins show, but producer Velma Von Tussle has other ideas.

Penn State student Tim Eimer said hearing “Hairspray” coming up made him very excited.

“[‘Hairspray’] is fantastic, just beautiful,” said Eimer (Junior in Telecommunications).

The production shatters stereotypes and gives audiences a taste of life in the 1960s with songs such as “Welcome to the ’60s”, “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and “Good Morning Baltimore”.

At the end of the show, the company received a standing ovation from the audience.

Another Penn State student, Grace Mahoney, said she loves the dance numbers.

“I think it’s great that they can dance like that,” said Mahoney (junior kinesiology).

Holly Winfield, of Lemont, said she came to the show because it sounded interesting and it turned out to be “energetic”.

“They have a lot of the same issues that we face today that were dealt with in the 1960s,” said Heather Winfield, Holly’s mother. “I think it’s very relevant.”


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