‘Hairspray’ characters set in place

Michelle Moran

Forty individuals auditioned for a starring role in this semester’s musical, “Hairspray.” This is a large turnout for the high energy, eccentric play debuting in early April. City College drama professor June Richards is directing the production.

“I wanted a show with charm, humor, and great rock n’ roll music,” Richards said. “We really hope the college community supports our production.”

Based on the 1988 John Waters’ film of the same name, the play is set in the 1960’s with rhythm and blues music providing the soundtrack. It is about a young girl who wants to appear on a popular television show and becomes an overnight success, all while fighting for racial integration on the show.

“Hairspray” will officially begin Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Saville Theatre. It will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. until April 20. The Sunday matinee shows are April 7, 14, and 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and discounted tickets will be available for seniors and military.