Hairspray set for remount at Centaur

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The Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society’s successful production of the Broadway musical Hairspray is ready for its remount at the downtown Centaur Theatre, (453 St. François-Xavier) where it will be presented from Jan. 21 to 24.

The remount comes very soon after the production, which deals with the struggle for racial equality and the tolerance of differences in the early 1960s, won the Montreal English Theatre Award for Outstanding Community Theatre Production.

“We were nominated for a META for Catch Me If You Can, and then we were nominated and won for Hairspray,” CSLDS artistic director Anisa Cameron told The Suburban in a recent interview. “It was very special to us. We believe in the show so much, it has an amazing message and our cast is phenomenal, so we really felt like winning was just the icing on the cake for what was already a really sweet production.”

“It’s certainly a big honour to have won,” said CSL Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who is also the producer of Hairspray and is in the cast as well. “Four and a half years ago, we started the Dramatic Society with a goal of providing arts and culture for the community and for people to be able to participate, and to see that it’s evolved to this level and so quickly, of course it’s thanks to our brilliant artistic director, Anisa Cameron, who has done such wonderful work. By providing such high level theatre for audiences and participants, it enables the community to really get an opportunity here in Côte St. Luc to see amazing theatre, and then take what we do here in Côte St. Luc to the community at large — the island of Montreal — and let everyone enjoy what we’re doing.”

Brownstein also credited the Côte St. Luc council with enabling all of this to take place. “It’s going to be quite the production,” he added.

The CSLDS is organizing a contest for free tickets to the remounted production. Participants should submit a video of 30 seconds or less on the subject of tolerance and acceptance. The winning videos will be posted at www.csldramaticsociety.com.

“We’re very proud that the themes in Hairspray deal with tolerance and acceptance of individuals of different cultures, different ethnic backgrounds and different body types,” Brownstein says. “We think that’s something we should promote as a municipal council. We can work with different schools on this. The City of Côte St. Luc is very proud to be able to do productions that also send a message — it’s not just about having fun and enjoying yourself, but also learning something. And if they can do a project like this, it’s even better.”

Anyone interested in participating should post their video to YouTube and send the link to csldramaticsociety@gmail.com. Along with the link, write a short introduction to the video and provide your name, age and phone number and return email address. Winners will be contacted by email no later than Jan. 15 and will be announced publicly in The Suburban’s Jan. 20 edition.”

For show reservations, call the Centaur at 514-288-3161.

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