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Hawthorne Players HAIRSPRAY

City of Florissant
Florissant, MO

It’s 1962 in Baltimore and lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on the local TV dance program. When her dreams come true, she becomes an instant celebrity, able to use her new-found powers to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affection of a heartthrob and integrate a TV network. This is a witty and charming family-friendly musical, with much to both entertain and teach an audience.

MISS METRO ST. LOUIS/MISS RIVER CITY PAGEANTS

City of Florissant
Florissant, MO

The Miss Metro St Louis/ Miss River City pageants are preliminary pageants to the Miss America Pageant. The Miss America Scholarship Pageant is the largest scholarship provider for women in America. It’s provided over 45 million dollars in scholarships annually. Phases of competition include: interview, physical fitness, evening gown and talent. Miss Metro St Louis and Miss River City will be proud to crown four new titleholders in September.

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Next Generation Theatre Company: WEST SIDE STORY

City of Florissant
Florissant, MO

Pulled directly from the pages of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the musical takes place on New York’s West Side in the mid-1950s amidst widespread racial and social tension. The show begins as a war is building between two rival gangs fighting over the same piece of turf: born and bred New York boys, The Jets, and Puerto Rican immigrants The Sharks. In the midst of the battlefield are two young romantics, good-boy Tony, a Jet ready to leave the gang life behind, and wide-eyed Maria, the sister of Sharks leader, Bernardo. When Tony and Maria unexpectedly meet and fall for one another, tension between the rival groups only escalates, leading to a bloody and senseless rumble that costs both sides young lives. In spite of the violence, the true story at the core of the show is two lovers trying to find a way to be together—and whether either can survive when hate and ignorance are unwilling to yield.