Charleston Stage opens 39th season with ‘Hairspray’

September 06 12:00 2016 Print This Article

Charleston Stage will open its 39th season at Dock Street Theatre this Wednesday, September 7 with the Tony award-winning musical Hairspray, based on the 1988 John Waters’ film set in the rock ’n’ roll era of the 1960s.

“We’re pulling out all the stops,” says Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director Marybeth Clark, who is directing the season opener. “We have a multi-cultural cast of 31 singers and dancers, a live orchestra, over a dozen pop-art 60’s sets, more than 150 costumes and God only knows how many over-the-top bouffant-high wigs!”

Hairspray follows Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, as she takes on Baltimore’s bullies and bigots. Her dream is to become a beloved regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show and use her fame to speak out for the causes she believes inmost of all integration. In doing so, she must confront the show’s former star, Amber Von Tussle, and her manipulative, pro-segregation parents.

The show stars Maggie Saunders as Tracy, Madeline Glenn Thomas as Penny, Pen Chance (in drag) as Tracy’s mother, Edna, and Sean Michael Kelly as heartthrob Link Larkins.

Sept. 7  |  7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9-10  |  7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11  |  3 p.m.
Sept. 15-17  |  7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18  |  3 p.m.
Sept. 22-24  |  7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25  |  3 p.m.

Tickets range from $25-$67 and can be purchased online at or by calling (843) 577-7183.  Discounts are available for Students, Seniors and Active Military. Dock Street Theatre is located at 135 Church Street, Charleston, SC.