BIG RAPIDS – Welcome to the ’60s. It’s time to let your hair down and dance the night away with Ferris State Theatre’s production of Hairspray, the musical comedy phenomenon piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance.
Show times are at 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 5 and 6, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7. All performances are in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium.
It’s 1962, and teen Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, 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. But can a plus-size trendsetter vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a television show without denting her ’do? Only in Hairspray.
Hairspray is based on the 1988 New Line Cinema film created by John Waters. The musical version of Hairspray won eight Tony Awards, including ‘Best Musical,’ during a six-year Broadway run. More recently, a 2007 movie version of the musical starred big-name actors, including John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron.
Ferris State Theatre’s production will be performed by a talented mix of the students involved in theater at Ferris State University. The Theatre program at Ferris State provides an opportunity for students to expand their experiences while complementing their major programs.