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To PCT’s credit, they did cast a boy as Edna Turnblad. As for the requirement by Hairspray’s creative team that the direction and actors be good, well, I won’t go into details about PCT’s performance and production values. I will say that PCT’s season sponsors are the City of Plano, City of McKinney, Texas Commission on the Arts and UPS and that if each kid had to front $250 to be in this thing, and there are 34 kids listed as cast members in the program, that adds up to $8400 from students alone. And there’s about $8.40 worth of scenery, costumes and lighting going on. They use recorded music. Some of the kids sing and dance OK. Most don’t. One stood upstage and picked her nose a lot.

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