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February 26, 2020

1/22/2020 2:19:00 PM
Winter musical celebrates WAHS's growing diversity

Directors Rachel Axford and Joni Fischenich are never shy about bringing new musicals and plays to the stage, especially for Windom Area High School's annual winter production. In fact, since the school switched from a one-act play in 2008 to producing two-act plays and musicals, WAHS has brought nine never-before-seen shows in Windom to the Lecture Hall Theater stage.

2020 marks No. 10, with the local drama department's presentation of "Hairspray."

Four performances of the show will be presented Feb. 6-8.
This show, however, is a little different than others WAHS has staged over the years. Set in 1962 Baltimore, the show focuses on one of the big issues of the day: segregation.
"Everyone thinks, 'Hairspray! That's so fun. The music is so fun.' And it is, but Hairspray is probably one of the most difficult conversations to have - about inclusion," Axford says.

While the topic can be highly sensitive and emotionally charged, directors and students are collaborating to present the show as a celebration, while still having that difficult conversation.

Indeed, the show breaks down barriers and stereotypes and celebrates how people - tall, short, slight, large, white, black, rich, poor - can come together and revel in who each person is as an individual.

For much more on the show and a complete cast list, see the story on the Education page in the Jan. 22 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.


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