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COLUMN: LaRue County needs more 'Hairspray'

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Musical was a 'big, fat load of fun'

By Linda Ireland

 If memory serves me correctly, Pine Knob Theater brought the musical “Daddy Took the T-Bird Away” to the LaRue County High School auditorium in 1994 or 1995.

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Since then, there have been a few local productions performed around Lincoln Days or during the Lincoln Bicentennial.

Not nearly enough.

We are starved for this kind of entertainment in LaRue County.

And if you missed Campbellsville University’s production of “Hairspray” at the Hodgenville Civic Center over the weekend, you missed a big, fat load of fun. 

My husband Bud and I sat in front of 5-year-old Lola Grace Ewing and she said it was good too.

“Hairspray: The Big Fat Musical Comedy” was a hoot. Set in the 1960s in Baltimore, it had plenty of upbeat music and humor.

The large cast sang and danced for two-hours, earning a standing ovation at Friday’s show.

The show’s organizers said about 150 people attended the three performances.

Teenager Tracy Turnblad (played by Singrid Tipton), a plus-size gal, earned a spot on “The Corny Collins Show” (think “American Bandstand”), fought segregation, defeated a mean girl and her momma, and found love with Elvis-wannabe Link Larkin (played by Lane French of Harrodsburg).

My favorite scenes involved Tracy’s parents, Edna and Wilbur, played by Michael Jennings and Zach Wilson. (Yes, Edna is played by a very tall young man which made it all that funnier.)

One of their songs – “Timeless to Me” reminded me of Bud:

Some folks don’t get it 

But we never fret it 

‘Cause we know that time is our friend 

It’s plain to see 

That you’re stuck with me 

Until the bitter end.

I hope our county’s attendance and enthusiasm in Hodgenville for “Hairspray” was enough to lure Campbellsville University back for more performances.

Thank you CU, for bringing your talent to our town.

Thank you, LaRue Fiscal Court, City of Hodgenville, LaRue County Economic Development and everyone else who had a part in making it happen.

I have my fingers crossed for “Little Shop of Horrors” next Halloween.