The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that the 2015 Union County Advancing Community Theater (UCACT) Season will continue at the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) this month with Hairspray and Legally Blonde Jr.

Both groundbreaking musicals were chosen as part of the first ever UCACT Program that to date has co-produced Rent, Dreamgirls, and the original work- Mandela: Apartheid to Die For.

Presented by Vanguard Theater Company Hairspray is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It is the winner of 8 TONY Awards including Best Musical. The show runs at the Mainstage at the UCPAC August 21st and 22nd at 8:00 p.m., August 23rd at 3:00 p.m.; and will feature a special performance on August 19th at 12:00 p.m. for children, and summer camps at a discounted rate.

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Also running on the same dates is Legally Blonde, Jr., presented by The Theater Project Jr. at Hamilton Stage. The show is based on the film of the same name. This version is adapted for a younger audience. The award winning musical follows Elle Wood's transformation as she learns about snobbery and stereotypes, and eventually finds her true self. The show runs on August 21st and 22nd at 8:00 p.m. and August 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for both performances are available now and can be purchased online at ucpac.org or through the UCPAC Box Office at 732-499-8226. Tickets for Hairspray are $15 for adults and $10 for children and senior citizens. Tickets for Legally Blonde, Jr. are priced at $12 across the board.

UCACT grants funding to cover the hard costs associated with putting up at production at the Union County Performing Arts Center. Through creative partnership and a holistic approach, the program creates a successful business model for Community Theater, allowing them to provide quality performances while also thriving financially.

For more information on UCACT, please contact Victoria Durbin Drake, Chief of Staff, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, at 908-558-2278 or visit ucnj.org/ucact.

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