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Big Hair, Bigger Energy on Stage

Norwalk HS Music Department Presents 'Hairspray'

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 08, 2014 At 08:02 PM

Big hair and high energy are hitting the halls of Norwalk High School.

"It's a really fun show and it is definitely one of my favorite shows. I've done the musicals since my freshman year so it is also bittersweet to be leaving," said Jennifer Faccenda, who portrays Corny Collins Show singer/dancer Brenda.

Norwalk High School's Music Department is putting the finishing touches on the spring musical - 'Hairspray'.

"It is a good show for a high school setting because it is really bouncy and fun and campy and cheesy. It's good because we are all able to be like that," said Kyle Brenn who plays TV show host Corny Collins.

"It is so much fun. It is such a high energy show and this is my second time doing it. It is one of my favorite shows and this is my dream role that I have wanted to play forever so it has been so much fun," said Shaylynn Larusso who portrays Tracy Turnblad's best friend Penny Pingleton.

With two weeks until opening night, students have put in lot of time to bring the Broadway hit to the stage. 

Lauren Madden plays Amber von Tussle in the production. She said, "It is really exciting. It's super busy because it takes a lot of rehearsal time and after-school hours and takes out of homework sometimes. I think everyone is excited for it because it is such a well known show."

"We spend probably 20 hours a week here at least. When we get down to "hell week", we are going to end up being here probably 40 hours in a week, with shows and everything put together," said Max Helfand,who will be portraying Tracy's mother Edna Turnblad, a role made famous by Harvey Fierstein on Broadway.

And while the Broadway version differs from the well know movie, cast members say it is a show everyone can enjoy.

Tanner Randazoo, who plays Brad, one of the singer/dancers on the Corny Collins Show said, "Even the show is a little bit different from the movie, it's definitely something exciting to be able to get up and dance in every number and get to do something that a lot of the younger kids can actually come and see." 

Cast members say being able to bring Hairspray to the high school is great for the community.

"It is such a diverse show and I am happy that we finally have the cast to pull it off. There is so much diversity here at Norwalk High School and the fact that we get to follow the script like it was meant to be is just perfect," said Chris Faccenda who portrays Wilbur Turnblad.

'Hairspray' opens at Norwalk High School on April 25th. For more information and tickets, visit

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