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                  Join us for some summer fun with Hairspray

 Theater Camp

 

You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance.  The 1950s are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.  It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her “'do!”   

     HAIRSPRAY is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show.  When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show.

  For more information or to purchase tickets call the Summer Showbiz Box Office at 618-650-2774.  Group Rates are available for Summer Showbiz! Bring 10 or more and receive 15% to 20% off the single ticket purchase price.  All seating is General Admission.  

 

The Department of Theater and Dance provides a wide variety of academic courses and practical experience for approximately 85 majors and 50 minors in five areas of specialization: Performance, Dance, Design and Technical Theater, Theater Education, and Theater History/Literature/Criticism.

The Department produces four Main Stage theater productions and one dance concert each academic year in the Main Theater in Dunham Hall and The Metcalf Theater, a black box with flexible seating for 150. We also offer a variety of productions by the Student Experimental Theater Organization, Black Theater Workshop, a Student Dance Concert, and an Evening of One-Act Plays. The Cougar Theater Company and University Dance Company are comprised of student majors who tour theater and dance to area schools, festivals and conferences. During the summer, we produce a semi-professional season of musicals and plays called Summer Showbiz and run the Xfest, a four-day festival of experimental theater productions and master classes presented by invited professional companies from around the nation.

Our Department offers two exciting study abroad opportunities. The London Theater Study Abroad course is offered every other year in the summer. In addition we have begun a study program in Suriname, South America in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology.

The theater program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST). Please contact the Department for more information by calling (618) 650-2773. We look forward to welcoming you to the department and to your career in the performing arts.

Theater Performance Program

Dance Performance Program

Theater Design/Tech Program

Theater History/Literature/Criticism Program

Theater Education Program

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