Opelika’s Addison Garner Returns to Stage on Nationwide “Hairspray” Tour as Velma Von Tussle | Local News

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LAUREN JOHNSON

Actors are used to getting in and out of work regularly, but the COVID-19 closures in March 2020, which even shut Broadway down, have become a nightmare for them.

Addison Garner, 29, had to get creative to make money in the face of restrictions on stage performances at the time.

After living in New York for several years, she returned to Opelika.

“What I thought was two weeks turned into a year and a half,” Garner said.

With no acting jobs available, she started a children’s Broadway boot camp with her parents, where she gave voice lessons and taught choreography. She also found work as a nanny and started a cookie business, Little Happies.

Finally in April 2021, Garner had the opportunity to audition virtually for a role for the traveling tour of the musical “Hairspray”. Two months later, she got a call to let her know that she had landed the role of antagonist Velma Von Tussle.

“When I found out I had the role, I honestly couldn’t believe it,” Garner said. “I started to cry and dropped my phone.”

She wasn’t allowed to share the news until this week, and now she’s excited to be back to a new normal.

Garner discovered her passion for comedy in eighth grade when she starred in the musical “Annie”.


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