‘Hairspray’ at BHS is an inspiration

To the editor:

In a time of much controversy and dissent among letter writers it is nice to take a break and celebrate something wonderful. Such is the case with the production of “Hairspray” at Burnsville High School.  I attended quite by accident, reading about it from a sign on the side of the road.

Produced by the school’s Theatre Guild, this performance was simply unbelievable. I expected to see a high school performance and was met with a team of performers that appeared to be more like a college or professional troupe than a group of high school students.  It was amazing: Every performer was simply outstanding. The singing, dancing and acting were all first rate. The power and beauty of the voices, the expressions of the characters and the great music provided by a student orchestra were very impressive.  I don’t think I have ever seen a finer performance by a high school team.

What made the experience even more impressive was that the performers represented the true meaning of the play.  The story of “Hairspray” is about the racial hatred in Baltimore in 1962 and how a small group of young people worked to make change in the world.  This story about “integration” and an acceptance of all people was represented by the students themselves.  They attend a school that welcomes all people and has great respect for the power of diversity. The students in the play, black, white and other, demonstrated what the play was all about.

If you are looking for a truly moving experience that celebrates the young people of today, then attending “Hairspray” is well worth the time. I saw the play twice to get the full impact. My appreciation for the talent and diligence of the students and staff at Burnsville High can’t be adequately expressed.  I hope you can enjoy a spiritual, emotional, and personal boost by attending the play. It is an experience that “Blazes” the future.

Robert Shumer

Editor’s note: Remaining performances are May 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.