KMC Onstage presents ‘Hairspray’

KMC Onstage’s production of “Hairspray” will bring the big laughs, big music and big hair.

It’s 1962 and spunky Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad has a dream. More than anything, she wants to dance on the televised “The Corny Collins Show.” Despite her “pleasantly plump” appearance, Tracy is selected for the show by Corny Collins himself.

Tracy becomes an overnight celebrity, launches a campaign to integrate the show, falls in love with local heartthrob Link Larkin, defends her over the top hairstyle, becomes spokesperson for a local dress shop, organizes a protest rally, and gets hauled off to jail.

More than a big, brassy, fun musical, “Hairspray” is a family show that highlights the racial injustices of 1960s America and promotes tolerance in all its forms.  You’ll tap your toes to the beat as Tracy and her friends battle high school bullies, racism, and enemies everywhere of big girls with big hair. “Hairspray” is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name with 1960s style dance and motown music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. 

Samantha Lightle plays an exuberant Tracy Turnblad, and David Dittmer shines as Edna Turnblad. Bratty, no-talent Amber Von Tussle (Nicole Hatch) and her mother, Velma Von Tussle (Karin Asselstine), are Tracy’s delightfully despicable adversaries. Penny Pingleton, Tracy’s innocent and naive best friend, is played by Audrey Daly. Staff Sgt. Nicholas Perez is Tracy’s heartthrob love interest, Link Larkin. 

Motormouth Maybelle (Rochelle Jones) is the owner of a downtown record shop, and Michael Fargas plays her son Seaweed J. Stubbs. Wilbur Turnblad (Tim Fiscus) is Tracy’s father and owner of the Har-De-Har Hut joke shop.

In all, more than 30 cast and crew from the KMC are rehearsing long hours in preparation for this popular musical.

This team of active-duty Soldiers and Airmen, Department of Defense civilians, local nationals, and students are going all out to deliver a performance the audience will not soon forget.

“Hairspray delivers a strong message,” said director Jim Sohre. “It’s about equality and tolerance and accepting others for who they are.”

Show dates and times are: Oct. 19 to 21 and Oct. 25 to 28. Show times start at
7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 21, 27 and 28.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students. The show is expected to be a sell-out, so get your tickets early. Tickets can be purchased online at or through the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation One Stop at 06371-861780.

(Story by Cheryl Navo)