Champaign, IL - The Champaign Urbana Theater Company presents the annual Kathy Murphy student production of HAIRSPRAY the musical at the Harold and Jean Miner Theater at Parkland College running Thursday to Sunday, June 15 to 18 and June 22 to 25 with performances starting at 7pm, and Sunday matinees at 2pm.
In its eleventh year, the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company's Annual Kathy Murphy Student Production, features student talent from throughout central Illinois and includes 55 actors from middle school to newly graduate seniors.
Many of the production team are alumni of previous student productions including Laura Welle, our director, and Tafadzwa Diener, our assistant director. CUTC also welcomes the debut of Stephanie Davis, of St. Thomas More High School, as our music director and the return of Whitney Havice, our Choreographer. From the director’s notes , the show is based on: “A real life Baltimore hit show (that) once existed.
The Buddy Deane program featured incredible black performers to finally have a televised voice… albeit segregated. Buddy Deane, the inspiration for our very own Corny Collins, did in fact get pulled off air for attempting to allow an integrated show. Hairspray may be big, bold, & beautiful fiction, but many of the stories being told are very much real. As much as we embrace the progress of the years since we “Welcomed the 60’s,” we know that there are many lessons from Hairspray that are still as potent and powerful as ever. This show gives us the opportunity to sing, dance, laugh… and to remember. Our show gives voices to plus size characters, to ambitious women, to young people, passionate about social justice, and to incredible black performers. We couldn’t be more honored to share their voices and their talents.