Hairspray - The Making of a Wylie Phenomena




I humbly ask for my readers to allow me this indulgence. Someone in Wylie that I think is pretty special has asked me to put up a blog post about the making of a Wylie phenomena - Hairspray the Musical.

My son has been involved with the Wylie High School Theater for several years.  I believe there was a pivotal moment at the end of the last school year when he was recognized for all of his hard work which prompted him to take a keen interest in the next year's musical, Hairspray.


He began working on the design last summer on his own time, and his absolutely fabulous teachers took time out of their summer and met with him about some concepts.  They were an integral part in guiding my son's efforts.


It started with him taking over my art studio with drawings, and those drawings culminated into models.




Next came the large scale drawings and his technical theater teacher was instrumental in teaching him this art as well as how to use a CAD program.

Photo Credit: Randy Lewandowski


Soon the building started and many people put their heart and soul into this, including endless hours spent with his teacher whom he considers to be a second father and great friend to him.
 
 
 


And then light design came.












Of course, the students had a little fun along the way...

He even fit in the Theater Convention held in Dallas this year. Again his teachers provided hours of personal time preparing my son for portfolio reviews with colleges.

Photo Credit: Emily Sharp

Then the tough part started and many, many volunteers, parents, and students, along with the teachers used their great talents to bring the set together. And work began on the costumes which were super authentic looking! We were blessed with so much talent!







 Even the Superintendent Dr. David Vinson came to help paint with his children and some of the theater students.






When the set was complete, all the behind the scenes stuff began. Students rehearsed tirelessly, parents volunteered to feed them after school for two weeks, and the teachers put in an incredible amount of hours. 




















Photo Credit: WHS Principal Virdie Montgomery


Then opening night came and the students started the evening in prayer, because that's how we roll in Wylie, Texas. AMEN!
 



 










 









And the people came!



The show sold out two nights in a row!


The rest, as they say, was history...

 


Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/

 
Photo Credit:Tyson Pough Photographyhttp://tysonpough.com/blog/
Even some students from Wylie East High School came out to support Wylie High School.

















Then as all good things must come to an end.  This incredible group of students celebrated their victory!







Photo Credit: Jacob Hemsath
The euphoria of Hairspray was amazing and it can be witnessed in this final video.