Hairspray Performances In October

The School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music presents the Broadway musical in Theatre I.


Watch the Hairspray Flash Mob at the USF Marshall Student Center.


By Brandi Hollis

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2012) – The musical Hairspray opens Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. in Theatre I at the University of South Florida and is a collaboration of the USF School of Theater & Dance and the USF School of Music.


It will be the first musical USF has presented since Hair in 2008, and promises to be an energetic night full of big voices - and bigger hair.


Set in 1960’s Baltimore, “pleasantly plump” Tracy Turnblad gets her dream when she wins a spot on the Corny Collins Show. She immediately becomes a star and rallies against the show’s racial segregation. Tracy learns just how big she has to be to not let anyone hold her back.


Briana Moten, a senior majoring in music performance, plays the part of Motormouth Maybelle as well as one of The Dynamites. She says the play is upbeat and fun, and constantly moving.


“There are the light cues, the sets, the different costumes. I’ve never had to wear a wig before and I have three in this show. I have a rip away costume; and all the things flying in and out from the ceiling.”


To help guests get into the 1960’s rhythm, the show is hosting “Hairspray Fridays” on Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best 1960’s costumes (and hair) and walk the pink carpet to have their picture taken.


The play will be presented at the University of South Florida’s Theatre I at 8 p.m. on Oct. 11 to Oct. 13; and Oct. 17 to Oct. 20. Also, a 3 p.m. performance will be held Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.


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