With book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, Hairspray welcomes audience members to the 1960’s and is piled high with bouffant hair, laughter, and romance.
Ohio Valley Summer Theater is honored to present a show that challenges all of us to consider important social issues including racism, sexism and body image, bullying, and stereotypes. We are thrilled that this show will cast a large, diverse ensemble – including a featured middle school ensemble- to tell the timeless story of the value of inclusion, compassion, and community.
Hairspray is set in 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, according to the licensee’s website. The winner of eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray is a feel good, family friendly musical guaranteed to have everyone dancing the night away!
Hairspray is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Click here for the detailed, printable Hairspray Audition Announcement.
Click here for all Casting Information and Character Breakdown.
Open Auditions are Saturday, April 8th 11:00-3:00pm.
Glidden Hall, Room 494 | Ohio University, Athens
All roles and ensemble (including the *Middle School Ensemble) will sign up for an audition time on arrival. Be prepared to stay one hour.
Bring the following:
- 16-32 bars of an uptempo song (Sung from memory and can be from a standard musical written after 1960 or an uptempo pop song from the 1950s or 1960s (i.e. The Supremes, The Beatles, etc). Songs from Hairspray are also acceptable).
- Sheet Music (Clearly mark your score where you’d like to begin and end, hole punch it, and put it in a three-ringed binder).
- Current headshot
Callbacks are Sunday, April 9th 12:00-3:0o.
Singing, reading, and dance auditions. Expect to stay the entire time.
Rehearsals Start: May 30 | Performances: July 20-23, July 27-July 30, August 3-6 | Special Matinee performance: July 26
*A Middle School Ensemble, ages 11-14, will be cast for Hairspray. The ensemble will perform in all full company song and dance numbers. OVST remains committed to creating opportunities for the amazing young talent we have throughout our region. Those auditioning for the Middle School Ensemble are expected to audition according to the stated requirements.
All performances will be in the Forum Theater, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
Mark your calendars now!
July 20-23, July 27-30, and August 3-6
Tickets to Hairspray
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Kindra Steenerson, Director
Kindra is originally from Southern California. She earned her MFA in Performance/Directing from Utah State University, where her training was largely informed by Stanislavsky, Adler, and Bogart’s Viewpoints. As a professional she has extensively studied Meisner, physical approaches to acting (Laban, stage combat, and Rasaboxes), and has trained with Catherine Fitzmaurice in NYC. An Associate Professor of Theatre, Kindra currently teaches at Queens University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She also teaches Meisner master classes at Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury, NC.
Kindra tries to keep one foot onstage and has recently appeared as The Angel in Angels in America at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in Charlotte, NC. Other favorite roles include Hecuba in The Trojan Women, Lady Caroline in Enchanted April, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. She has directed over forty shows, and counts On the Verge, Spring Awakening, Southern Girls, Medea, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and How We Got On, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) among her recent favorites.
She enjoys working with ensembles and communities of varied backgrounds and experiences, and emphasizes and facilitates the notion of strong ensemble on and off stage. Kindra’s research interests are using physical theatre to heal trauma, and how to use theatre techniques to engage in community discussions about diversity.
She is mom to two grown children and a cat, and burns off her extra energy teaching Zumba classes.
Kelly Burns, Music Director
Kelly teaches voice and vocal pedagogy in the Ohio University School of Music. This is Kelly’s second season with OVST; last year he was music director for Man of La Mancha. Kelly has sung professional tenor roles in The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Seven Deadly Sins, Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Carmina Burana, Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem, and he has music directed for several shows including The Pirates of Penzance, The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Sweeney Todd. Kelly holds the Bachelor of Music in performance and a Master of Music in conducting from the University of Mississippi. He is expected to complete the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro this May.
Christi Camper Moore, Choreographer
Christi is a teacher, choreographer, and arts administrator. She has taught and served at all levels of arts education and advocacy including PK-12, non-profit and private sectors, higher education, and at the state level. Her professional work has been presented throughout Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina including being selected to Independent Dance Makers (NC) and the American College Dance Festival (FL). Her writing is published in the Journal of Dance Education and she currently serves on the journal’s review board. Christi has worked as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Coker College in Hartsville, SC and served as the Arts Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education. Choreography credits for musical theater include: Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, bobrauschenbergamerica, Fame, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Crazy For You, Working, Runaways, Oklahoma, Grease, The Music Man, South Pacific, Anything Goes, and Bye, Bye Birdie (OVST).
Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a M.A., M.Ed., and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University. She is the Executive and Artistic Director for OVST, is on faculty at Factory Street Dance Studio, and is an adjunct faculty member at Ohio University.
Devin Sudman, Vocal Coach
Devin Sudman is graduating this spring from Ohio University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music – with emphasis in Voice and Conducting. Devin is no stranger to the stage. He has spent most of his life acting and singing before he recently switched to directorial positions. This will be Devin’s third season with OVST and he is very excited to be back! He previously served as Assistant Music Director/Pianist for The King and I and Conductor/Assistant Music Director/Keyboards for Mary Poppins. Devin has worked on many other productions in Athens including: Spring Awakening (Lost Flamingo Company), Addams Family Musical (Lost Flamingo Company), South Pacific (Athens High School), Charlotte’s Web (ABC Players), The Little Mermaid (ABC Players), and Addams Family Musical (ABC Players). After closing Hairspray, Devin will be leaving Athens to pursue a career in Musical Direction. He hopes to announce his next big move soon!
Devin will be working closely with Hairspray Music Director, Kelly Burns, to assist with teaching and coaching the vocals for this song-filled musical.