ODU's Theatre Group Presents "Hairspray"



 COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s student theater group, Panther Players, will perform the musical “Hairspray” on Friday, April 20 and 27 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, April 21 and 28 (7:00 p.m.), and Sunday, April 22 (2:00 p.m.). 

All shows will be performed at the Matesich Theatre, which is in Erskine Hall on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. General admission for the public is $6.00. Children under the age of 5 are admitted at no cost.  Free parking is available in the gold lot, west of Sunbury Road on St. Dominic Way. 

The play’s director, ODU Senior Kevin Weaver, and all the Panther Players are looking forward to opening night and a great show.  “‘Hairspray’ has been both a challenge and a joy to direct,” Weaver said. “It has definitely been the most challenging show I have been a part of. But I think we will we see the benefits of our hard work on show night.  I'm so excited to be directing one of my favorite shows during my last year here at ODU. 

The cast features: 

Ashley Brewer, Sophomore – Tracy Turnblad 

Danny Morales, Junior – Link Larkin 

Noah Scott, Senior – Wilbur Turnblad 

Tom Lewis, Senior – Edna Turnblad 

Julia Burks, Junior – Penny Pingleton 

Tyrique Harper, Freshman – Seaweed 

Stacie Thompson, Freshman – Motormouth Maybelle 

Kate Clarke, Senior – Velma Von Tussle 

Ryliegh Kirby, Freshman – Amber Von Tussle 

Brady Mertens, Sophomore – Corny Collins 

Kiana Dixon, an 8th grade, Groveport Madison Junior High student – Little Inez 

Kevin Weaver, Senior – Director 

Elizabeth Stein, Senior – Assistant Director 

Matt Austin, Senior – Stage Manager 

Megan Klopfstein, Freshman – Assistant Stage Manager 

 Panther Players is an ODU student organization where participants enhance their communication and acting skills. Students have the opportunity to act, direct and build set designs for various productions. For additional information, click here, http://www.ohiodominican.edu/PantherPlayers.aspx 

Play Synposis 

Based on the movie by John Waters, the musical ‘Hairspray’ has captured the world’s attention for many years. With music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, ‘Hairspray’ is set in 1962 and segregation is the norm in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Tracy Turnblad’s favorite TV show is “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV dance program. When an audition for the show happens, Tracy begs her mother, Edna, to let her go to the audition. Edna says no because she fears Tracy would be made fun of due to her size.  

 Tracy, having gotten permission to audition from her father, skips school and goes to the audition with her best friend, Penny Pingleton. At the audition, Tracy bumps into her crush, the upcoming “Elvis” on the show, Link Larkin. The show’s producer, however, turns Tracy down because of her weight. He also turns down Little Inez because she’s black.  

Tracy ends up on the show with the help of Seaweed, Little Inez’s older brother, who teaches her his dance moves. While Tracy is becoming famous, she notices how wrong it is that the show is segregated. Edna and Wilbur Turnblad join their daughter’s fight for what’s right with the help of Penny, and new-found friends, Seaweed and Motormouth Maybelle. 

At the end of the musical, from all their hard work, Tracy and her friends help “The Corny Collins Show” to become integrated. Link and Tracy become an item and get their big break and everything ends well to the hit song, “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” 

Additionally, Panther Players will be participating in a “Hairspray” drive this year for YWCA. Toiletries, baby items, household items, office supplies, etc. can be dropped off at each performance. 

 Click here for the donations guidelines. 

Ohio Dominican University is a private four-year liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has more than 2,900 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.