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Hairspray & Mink Stole

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“Hairspray” Cast Members to Hold Talkback on Friday, August 5, 2011 Special Guest, Mink Stole, from the original John Waters’  film to Join Us!
WHAT: Talkback opportunity with cast/crew members from “Hairspray” and special guest Mink Stole!
WHEN: Friday, August 5, 2011, immediately after the performance of Hairspray.
WHERE: The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
WHY: As a gift to our LTA patrons, the cast will be on hand to answer questions on the production of “Hairspray.” Find out what it’s like to stage a musical on the LTA stage, ask about auditions, choreography, or character development. Get an opportunity to ask Mink about the original film, or what life was really like in Baltimore in the early 1960’s. Bring your questions!!
This is open to everyone!  No special tickets or reservations needed.
To read an article featuring Mink and LTA's Hairspray, click the link below:
"Think Mink" - Mount Vernon Gazette

Hairspray

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Showbiz Radio reviews HAIRSPRAY!
ShowBiz Radio

Brenda Parker (Motormouth Maybelle) and Zaria Stott (Shayna)
Photography by Doug Olmsted

Hairspray

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Another review!
"Little Theatre Gives a Perfect cut of HAIRSPRAY"
The Alexandria Times

Derek Marsh (IQ), Gardner Reed (Corny Collins), and Ryan Walker (Fender)
Photography by Doug Olmsted

Hairspray

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The reviews keep coming! HAIRSPRAY is a HIT!
Arlington Connection(see page 13)
Vienna Connection(see page 10, with focus on cast member Shannon Kingett)
Reston Connection(see page 9, with focus on Director Sue Pinkman)


Mark Williams (Harriman F. Spritzer), Gardner Reed (Corny Collins), and Janette Moman (Velma Von Tussle)
Photography: Doug Olmsted

Hairspray

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The reviews are in...... HAIRSPRAY IS A HIT
MD Theatre Guide
Local Kicks
Rich Massabny Blog
Old Town Alexandria Patch



Sam Jones (Link Larkin) and Christina Kidd (Amber Von Tussle)
Photography - Doug Olmsted

Hairspray

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LTA and Mink Stole are featured in the Alexandria Gazette Packet!  Click the below link and read the article on page 21!
Alexandria Gazette


Gina Tomkus (Gym Teacher)
Photgraphy: Doug Olmsted

Hairspray

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Since publicity is starting to get going for Hairspray, I figured, why not post a blog of my own? We open in three days. Pretty unbelievable. Two months ago I hadn't even auditioned yet, and here we are now with a full show on its feet. It is hands down the most challenging thing I have ever done, and easily the most rewarding. I have been so blessed to be surrounded by kind, hilarious, and ridiculously talented people, and the end result is a giant show that is full of heart, soul, and LOTS of sweating. :)

I fell in love with Hairspray when I was 15 years old. Ok, maybe it wasn't love yet...more like a big giant crush. This was before I had even seen the show--but my original cast recording was VERY loved, and I think there was a two month period where I forced my mom to play it in the car everywhere we went. I finally saw the show a year later...and then I really fell in love.

For a 16 year old girl who loved singing and dancing more than anything but who wasn't fully co…

Hairspray

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Can a girl with big dreams and even bigger hair dance her way into your heart? LTA opens the season with the award-winning Broadway musical comedy based on John Waters’ film classic. Meet Tracy Turnblad, a lovable plus-size heroine in the 1960’s as she dances her way to a spot on a local TV dance program. Overnight she is transformed from a pudgy outsider to a teen celebrity. Tracy uses her newfound fame to integrate the show while kicking the program’s reigning princess to the curb and winning the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin.
More infomation can be found at http://www.thelittletheatre.com/








 Photography by Doug Olmsted

LTA's Summer Camps

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So after the lights went down on Move Over Mrs. Markham, Joanna Markham immediately left her elegant London flat and stodgy-yet-adorable husband to teach Shining Stars Drama Camp at LTA!
We are always caught between creating a show that the kids can be proud of so that they feel they really accomplished something, and the harsh reality that the camp is only a week long.We started with an ambitious program, selecting seven songs from Bye ByeBirdie because of its relatively easy melodies and the relatability of the subject matter to our 3rd-8th graders (we can easily substitute the idea of the Jonas Brothers for Conrad Birdie).We get kids who are at so many points in their artistic development – some very polished, experienced performers who have previously appeared on the LTA stage; others who just want to find out what this crazy theatre thing is all about.
No matter where their starting point, it’s amazing to see the growth from the first day of camp to the last.They run through the wh…