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Musical films featured in April

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   Two musicals will be featured during April at the Jefferson County Library Community Film Center in Madras.
   All films are free and refreshments are available at the 7:30 p.m. The film center is located in the Rodriguez Annex at 134 S.E. E St., Madras.
   Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., "Hairspray" (PG) with John Travolta. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion -- dancing. Her dream is to appear on "The Corny Collins Show," Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV. Tracy seems a natural fit for the show except for one not-so-little problem -- she doesn't fit in. Her plus-sized figure has always set her apart from the cool crowd.
   That doesn't stop Tracy as she enters a contest and wins a spot on the show and becomes an instant on-air sensation.
   Meanwhile, a budding relationship between her best friend Penny Pingleton and a black boy named Seaweed opens Tracy's eyes to a bigger issue than the latest dance craze or the coolest hairdo -- racial inequality.
   Throwing caution to the wind, she leads a march with to fight for integration and winds up with an arrest warrant instead.
   Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., "Once" (R). This rock musical follows the tale of `the guy,' who works parttime helping his father run a small, vacuum cleaner repair business, but dreams of one day having his songs recorded and landing a record deal.
   Emotionally vulnerable, he is still coming to terms with the recent departure of his girlfriend and lacks the conviction and passion to move on in his pedestrian life.
   One day, he meets `the girl,' an Eastern European immigrant who has moved to Dublin to start a new life for herself. Currently working as a house cleaner in an upper-class residence, she is struggling financially. She yearns for what she cannot afford -- a piano to help her escape from the daily grind of finding her way through this strange new land.
   A relationship blossoms between them as they're both struggling. Their shared love of music causes them to flourish and grow with a new found confidence as they take a chance on each other and a new beginning on life.
   
   Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m., "Madeline" (G). The indomitable Madeline and her 11 friends live at a school run by Miss Clavel (Frances McDormand) in an old house in Paris. The smallest of all the girls, Madeline is also the most adventurous.
   She loses her appendix but gains an awesome scar, falls into the Seine River only to be rescued by a dog whom the girls later adopt and name Genevieve, and matches wits with Pepito, the devilish son of the Spanish ambassador who moves in next door.