The Baldwin Upper School Maskers will perform the 2002 musical "Hairspray" with music by Mark Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman for their Spring 2018 production. Shows will be on Friday April 20th at 7pm, Saturday April 21st at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday April 22nd at 2pm in the Simpson Center.
Mariana Leone ('18) as Velma in a preview of (The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized, teenage Tracy Turnblad (played by Melia Hagino '18) has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. Tracy's mother Edna (played by Lionel McCulloch '18) disapproves of Tracy's dreams, while her father Wilbur (Andrew Stern) urges her to follow her dreams. When she gets put in detention with the Black students in the school, the effortlessly cool Seaweed Stubbs (Xavier Smith) and his bubbly sister "Little" Inez (Maya Hairston '18) teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show.
Tracy faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma (played by Mariana Leone '18), and her popular, but vicious, daughter, Amber (Audrey Senior '18). With the help of the teenage heartthrob Link Larkin (Sam Cappel), host Corny Collins (Emily Thompson '18), faithful best friend Penny Pingleton (Julia Maenza '18), and Motormouth Maybelle (Ivonna Thatch '20), the smooth-talking host of ‘Negro Day", Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission to integrate The Corny Collins Show. Tony Award-winning Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today, not only because of its wit and charm, but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and progress that it portrays. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.
This production of "Hairspray" is directed by Baldwin drama teacher Aileen McCulloch, with music direction by Baldwin music teacher Lee Hagon-Kerr. Set is designed by Alyssa Morales ('19), Costumes are designed by Andrea Coler ('19) and lights are designed by Rebecca Resnick ('20).