SUMMIT, NJ - The Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School theater department will present "Hairspray," the upbeat musical with a conscience inspired by the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. Featuring a cast of 40, a crew of 100 and a full orchestra, performances are set for March 18 - 19 at 7:30 p.m., and March 20 at 2 p.m.

"Hairspray," with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, is set in early-60s Baltimore, where teen Tracy Tumblad dreams of dancing on the "The Corny Collins Show."

Fate intervenes, she realizes that dream and receives some fame, which she uses to begin an effort to racially integrate the show.

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The initial Broadway production of "Hairspray" took home eight Tony Awards in 2003, including "Best Musical." The show features a plethora of genre-specific dance tunes, mixed with some rhythm and blues.

Tickets, priced at $10, go on sale March 10 at showtix4u.com.

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School is located at 272 Morris Avenue.