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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 10:38 am | Updated: 12:35 pm, Mon Aug 14, 2017.

Seminole Theater in Homestead hits a homerun with a fantastic, all local production.

What do beehive hairdos and flips have to do with racial tensions? How about throwing together a few seasoned actors and actresses with high school kids and community members? Now throw into that mix a live orchestra and lively dance routines. How about a standing ovation by a packed house on opening night? Bundle it all up and give it to Homestead. What do you end up with? HAIRSPRAY!!!

A fantastic performance at the Seminole Theatre last weekend and this weekend!

The show opens with Tracy Turnblad played by Christie Oliver, waking up and singing ‘Good Morning Baltimore.’ The story hits home as a “chubby” girl is looked as though she is unworthy of being a featured dancer on a television show or having the love of the handsome Link Larkin played by Nelson Rodriguez. Link’s partner, Amber Von Tussle played by Coral Reef High graduate Raquel Llop, is the girl everyone loves to hate due to her “snootiness” and the role was well-played.

Throw into this mix Tracy’s nerdy best friend, Penny Pingleton, played with just enough “nerd” without overdoing it, by Alexandra McGuire of Homestead. Yes, Alexandra is the beautiful wife of the theatre’s CEO, Mickey McGuire. After this reviewer stated that Mickey was a great package deal, Alex went on to tell all that McGuire did for the theatre but I had to stop her and explain what was meant by that comment; Homestead received a great package deal as her talents and beauty were part of the deal. “The best part of this show was meeting new people and really tell a story that is very related to what is happening today.” Alexandra added.

Oh wait, besides the weighty prejudice against Tracy, Penny falls in love with an African American boy, Seaweed J. Stubbs, played by Malik Archibald against her over protective mother’s desire.

Malik is a 17-year-old senior at Robert Morgan and pay attention to this young man as he is going places. Acting, singing and dancing with a finesse far beyond his 17 years, Malik was a pleasure to watch and listen to. “The only training I have is music at school. I really haven’t done any acting. I want to be either an actor or a full-time director.” Explained Malik. He added, “The most exciting part of this role is that I got to be a version of myself. I grew up with musicals in my house, my Mom always listed to them and I used to dance along with them. With this show, I finally got to live it on stage!”

The dancing in the show did not disappoint. To think that many of the performers had never danced on stage is mind blowing. The fantastic choreography created by Tiffany Hosch was filled with action and precision. Ms. Hosch lives in Homestead and opened Honey Shine Dance Studio in Florida City in 2013. “They worked really hard. Many of them were not dancers.” Tiffany stated of the cast. In two scenes, Chris Hanna, a member of the ensemble and a student at Miami-Dade Community College, performed dance moves that were over the top!

John Rudolph was “sizable” in his performance as Tracy’s mother Edna while Amadeo Falgator, a cross between Abe Vigoda and Danny Thomas, filled the role of Wilbur, her dad. Together they performed the number, Timeless to Me which made everyone’s hearts melt.

Every performance needs that show stopping moment and that was provided by Toddra Brunson as she played the role of Motormouth Maybelle. Wow…wow…wow. Her voice was powerful and demanded everyone’s attention. She played the role to perfection…much like her voice. Bravo!

Tony Seepersad grew up in Homestead and graduated from South Dade High School. Tony is involved in many different music ventures and serves as the Music Director for the show. Tony shared, “There was a mixture of musicians. There are a few “ringers” that I had to have to carry the rhythm but many of the other musicians are high school students or those who just graduated.” Tony also leads the dance programs at the Seminole and is on the board as well. Another Homestead young man giving back to his community in an exciting way.

One could go on and on about the community players, the Dynamites, Velma, Corny Collins and more but it would be better if you could just see it for yourself. Debra Ginsberg’s direction created a show that flowed seamlessly and kept the audience entertained every minute.

Do I think you should see this show this weekend? Without a doubt! You will run through a range of emotions and share laughter as well as some sobering moments. Is this the way some people look at the world today? You bet. The show runs through this Sunday. Call the Seminole Theatre at 786-650-2073.

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