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Young star of ‘Hairspray’ has a big voice to match the big hair

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Cheslee Duke — middle school student, softball player, actress extraordinaire — is ready to step into her first starring role for CAST community theater. She is playing the main character in the musical "Hairspray," which will run for one weekend only, starting Thursday at McClellan Theatre in Anniston.

"I saw the movie, and I was like ‘Hey, I can play Tracy.’ The character looks like me and the voice sounds like me, and I was like ‘I want to be her,’" said Duke, who is 12 years old.