Hairspray Updates

1 Dec 2020

Welcome to UWCEA’s performance of Hairspray!

Hairspray takes us back to the swinging sixties, a time of beehives, rock ‘n’ roll and the mini skirt. However, it was also a time of racial segregation. At the time when the play is set in the city of Baltimore, racial tension was a major issue in everyday life. The systematic separation of people into racial groups, in schools, restaurants, and even bathrooms is seen in our play when the Corny Collins Show hosts a ‘Negro Day’ once a month where black dancers are featured. The hairspray loving Tracy Turnblad, along with other key characters, fights for this practice to be abolished and to make “everyday negro day” in the hope of stopping racial discrimination and promoting equality. We will see at the end of our play if their goal is achieved.
The word ‘negro’ is used in the play to describe a group of people in the context of segregation in 1960s America. It is not a reflection of the values we hold, instead the opposite, as we strive to ensure all are equal.
Hairspray addresses issues of injustice and prejudice, intending to communicate a message of unity for a greater cause regardless of one’s appearance. We at UWCEA are part of a global movement, presenting this play not just about the amazing musical talents of our students but an opportunity to reflect on global issues that to this day need to be worked on together for change.

Dear Parents,

It is nearly time for UWCEA Arusha wonderful stage production of Hairspray!!

We are reaching out to ask if you would be willing to help us by donating food towards our fundraising. It is a 1960’s inspired production.. do you remember the cocktail food your parents and grandparents served up? But Any type of finger food would be appreciated!

Could we have any donations delivered to school on Thursday or Friday. Please put your name on the bottom of any trays or serving dishes you bring so we can return them to you.

Thank you and look forward to seeing everyone at the show!

UWCEA PTA Arusha Campus.


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