Stanford theatrical society presents “Hairspray”

Stanford University. [SINGING] The centerpiece of our design
is this huge LED video wall, which we’ve divided up into
about 20,000 LED lights that a bunch of Stanford
students in the CS department has come together to work on. This creative team as a
whole is pretty incredible. We really somehow pulled all
of Stanford’s best talent. And it’s quite extraordinary. Because we’ve
essentially figured out how to create the
synergy between tech and musical theater. Hairspray is set
in 1962 Baltimore in the midst of segregation. And our protagonist,
Tracy Turnblad, is this plus-size
high school teen whose dream is to dance
on the Corny Collins Show. She is one of the
best dancers around and others refuse to recognize
that because of her weight. But she has a heart of gold
and doesn’t understand why we can’t all dance together on TV. Motormouth Maybelle
is the TV host of Negro Day, which
is the one day a month that black people can
be on TV the ’60s. She kind of represents
this icon of somebody who has seen the struggle
of the racial issues in the United States. This musical is not just this
cotton-candy, fun-loving, singing, dancing musical as
Hairspray has, quote unquote, been stereotyped to be. But actually, this
meaningful kind of artistic anthem for us to keep going. It’s been great to have
this experience where art imitates life. And to see how 1962 is
in dialogue with 2015, and realizing that
things have changed, but also, there
are a lot of things that still need to change. And there’s a lot more
work for us to do. The message of “you can’t
stop the beat” pulses through this show. The music, the
dancing, the lights. It’s so much fun. We’re going to just explode
in glitter everywhere. You can’t say quelch the spirit. For more, please visit
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