Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse: "Hairspray’s Dance Invention Contest"


To promote the first show of its 2010-2011 season, Hairspray, which opens in September, Paper Mill Playhouse has launched an online video contest entitled Hairspray’s Dance Invention. Contestants are challenged to come up with a new, original dance move to a music track that will be provided by Paper Mill Playhouse on its Web site, http://www.papermill.org/.

The contest will be conducted via FaceBook. Video submissions will be accepted from July 19–August 20. All contestants must be at least 13 years of age to participate. The videos must use the music track provided by Paper Mill, be no longer than 30 seconds in duration, and provide the contestant’s name, age, city, state and name of his or her dance invention.

To enter visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Millburn-NJ/Paper-Mill-Playhouse/22812289417?v=bpx_3&ref=ts

From July 19–August 20, the public can vote for its favorite dance invention, and from the videos with the top number of votes, a team of judges at Paper Mill Playhouse will select eight finalists. The public will then vote again on the remaining eight finalists beginning on September 1, and the overall winner, the contestant with the most votes, will be announced on September 26, 7 PM, at the opening night performance of Hairspray.

All eight finalists will receive a four-pack of tickets to the opening night of Hairspray at Paper Mill Playhouse on Sunday, September 26, at 7 PM. In addition, the overall winner will receive four admissions to the cast party and will have his or her dance invention performed by Tracy Turnblad herself onstage.

For more information, please contact pressintern@papermill.org or call 973.379.3636, extension 2645.

I confess that I have a special place in my heart for the Paper Mill Playhouse. I saw my first professional play, Oklahoma, there in 1955. I can only imagine my mother saving money all year to take my brother and me to see it (with her). We were hooked on theater of all kinds! Even if your teens have seen the film, take them to see the live performance. There's nothing like it!