The Encinal Drama Department just completed a highly successful and most entertaining run of the musical Annie. Rarely would a reviewer give top priority to the technical staff, but this time it is warranted: The challenges presented by the play and the venue were certainly daunting but the crew, like true Jets, soared above the snags, setbacks and obstacles.

The Encinal High Drama Department is currently presenting the mega opus extravaganza: Hairspray.

Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, this musical is ostensibly centered on 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues; but don’t be fooled.

The music and dancing takes place on the “Corny Collins Show,” a diminutive version of “American Bandstand,” but with an audience of thousands, not the millions that Dick Clark enjoyed.