Summer Concert Series

 THE REDLANDS COMMUNITY MUSIC ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THE MUSICAL FOR THE 2014 SEASON!

Tony-award Winning Musical “Hairspray”

Comes to the 2014 Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival

Redlands, CA- The Redlands Community Music Association (RCMA) is pleased to announce that the annual Broadway show for the 2014 Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival will be the Tony Award-winning musical HairsprayThe musical won the 2003 Tony Triple Crown for best musical, best score and best book, and ran for over 2,500 performances on Broadway.

 The story features a diverse cast and large-scale dance numbers that will delight Bowl audiences of all ages. The story is set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, where teenager Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on a local teen dance show. When her chance to audition arrives, she wins and makes it on the show. While the scheming Amber von Tussle plots to get her kicked off the show, Tracy is also plotting a little shakeup of her own – all without messing up her hairdo!

The production team will be headed by producer/director Paul Jacques, and assisted by music director Rick Hoglund, choreographer Hollee Cool, and production manager/stage manager Cheryl Starr.

Hairspray has everything that you’ve come to expect with a Redlands Bowl musical: great music, big dancing, and amazing acting, but it also gives the audience something more, in that it has a very current theme, that of being OK with yourself, no matter what you look like. It’s a very hot topic right now, from schoolyards to the workplace, and we’re excited to be able to bring the conversation to Redlands,” said producer director Paul Jacques.

Paul Jacques is an award-winning writer, actor, fight choreographer, scenic designer, producer and director with over 200 stage, film, radio, television and commercial credits. As a director, Paul has been honored by the Inland Theatre League award for his work on two separate productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was privileged to direct Broadway’s original Joseph, Bill Hutton, in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Some of his other directing credits include Fiddler on the Roof, I Hate Hamlet (ITL Award for scenic design), and ITL awards for Celadine, Glengarry Glen Ross, and The Taming of the Shrew. Additional credits include The Tempest, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man and Godspell. Paul last appeared on stage as Elliot in the West Coast Premiere of Charles Evered’s Class (ITL Founder’s Award). Other roles include Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), Mortimer Brewster (Arsenic and Old Lace), Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Edmund (King Lear (ITL Award), Matt (The Fantasticks), Cornelius (Hello, Dolly!), and Curly (Oklahoma!). As a writer, Paul has had 20 scripts staged. He is on the theatre faculty at San Bernardino Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, California Baptist University and CSU San Bernardino and is an Artist in Residence with the Riverside Arts Council. He holds an AA in Music from RCC, a BA in Theatre from UCR, and an MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts from UCR. Paul also portrays Charles Dickens for the Riverside Dickens Festival and is a co-founder of 3 Theatre Group of Riverside. He lives in Riverside with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters, Katharina and Olivia.

Auditions for Hairspray will be announced in the spring in local newspapers and on the RCMA website at www.redlandsbowl.org.