DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College’s DC Players and the Fort Defiance Players blend a cast of college students, high school students, faculty, and community members to present “Hairspray,” a musical based on the book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Performances will be Oct. 18-20 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Defiance Community Auditorium, downtown Defiance.
“Hairspray” is set in 1962 Baltimore and focuses on a pleasantly plump teenage Tracy Turnbald and her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a popular teenage dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. However, she must use her newfound power and the help of a crazy cast of characters to dethrone the reigning teen queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do. “Hairspray” is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.
“Hairspray” stars DC students Emily Wallace, Delphos, as Penny Pingleton; Ylandre Smith-Cash, Bronx, N.Y., as Little Inez; playing the Council Members are Mandie Heil, Napoleon; Karen Bergman, Ney; Ken Cox, Three Rivers, Mich.; Philip Balla, Rossford; George Roth, Defiance; playing the Dynamites are Dorothy Pascol, Maple Heights and Maria Weber, Defiance; and playing extras are David Brown Jr., Columbus; Luke Nicely, Ney; Alison Rifenburgh, Bronson, Mich.; Melanie Reinhart, Rittman; Michelle Bulriss, Tempe, Ariz.; Maria Weber, Defiance; Michael Pigoni, Cleveland; Lindsay Kasmer, Medina; Melissa Russell, Jamaica; and Kelsea Burns, Antwerp.
Also starring are DC staff member Ken Wetstein as Edna; Anna Yoder as Tracy Turnbald; Matt Mt. Castle as Corny Collins; Kirstin Coffman as Velma Von Tussle; Kaitlin Switzer, as Amber Von Tussle; Aaron Schnider as Link Larkin; DeVante Draine as Seaweed J. Stubbs; Ivette Silva as Motormouth Maybelle; Bob Barnett as Wilbur Turnbald; Annette Oberhaus as Prudy Pingleton; Mark LeMaster, as Mr. Pinky; Peg Snyder as the gym teacher; Randy Schroeder as Harriman F. Spritzer; Kim Bingham as the matron; Kim Meyer, Ashley Speiser, and Dustin Manson as a council members; and playing extras are Lande Hancock, Janet Lyne, Steve Dietrich, Josh Westhoven, Brittany Kolb, Taylor Alexander, Kim Dietrich, Shellee Murcko, Gary Westhoven, Justin Ream, Zoe Tracy, and Christina Hurst.
Reserved seats are $12, and general admission is $10. Reservations are available by calling 419-782-PLAY(7529).
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is www.defiance.edu.