‘Hairspray’ turns 30

Aug 10, 2018
Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) wields a can of the title stuff in 1988’s “Hairspray.”

Rockland — The Thursday Film Series will join the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic film “Hairspray” (1988, USA) with a screening Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

The original movie, which inspired a musical theater adaptation (and subsequent film), was directed and written by John Waters. When Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake), an overweight teen, auditions for a spot on a popular teen dance show, she beats out the spiteful Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick), winning over Amber’s boyfriend (Michael St. Gerard) in the process. After meeting some black students at her school, Tracy begins to push for more racial integration on the dance show. This gets her into trouble on many sides, especially with Amber’s pushy parents (Sonny Bono and Deborah Harry). Tracy’s parents are memorably portrayed by Jerry Stiller and Divine.

Costumes and dancing are welcomed at the free screening. This year's Thursday Film Series is hosted by Friends of the Rockland Library. In addition to watching great films, viewers can enter a drawing for books related to the movie's topic or theme donated by the Friend's Book Stop. For more information, call 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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