Described by Rick Waines.
Theatre Under the Stars offers a 2-for-1 rate for VocalEye users and a sighted attendant/companion. Ticket prices range from $30 to $45. To purchase, please call Jonah at 604-734-1917 between the hours of Noon and 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or leave a message at other times.
Wheelchair accessible shuttle service is available from the Burrard SkyTrain to Stanley Park via our partners at Candy Dart. Theatre Buddies are also available to guide patrons from the Stanley Park Bus Loop. Please reserve your shuttle seats and Theatre Buddies by email or call 604-364-5949 at least 48 hours in advance.
Arrive early and have a bite to eat at the dining pavilion or grab a snack from the snack bar. There is a wide range of hot, cold and alcoholic beverages available as well. Cushions are available on site for your chair, or you can bring your favourite one with you.
You’ll be sitting outdoors, so dress for the weather and be prepared for temperatures to cool in the evening. You may want to spritz a little insect repellent on exposed skin, too.
Travel back to 1962 Baltimore, where the loveable plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblad has one plucky dream: to dance on the local TV program, The Corny Collins Show.
“Hairspray is destined to be the hit of the summer!” –Vancouver Presents
“Theatre Under the Stars’ Hairspray is a Must-See” –The Georgia Straight
“The setting being non-integrated Baltimore, the Corny Collins Show has just one day each week that’s “Negro Day” and Tracy decides the show is going to get integrated. Everyone gets busted, everyone gets released and they all live happily ever after but not until after sparky little Tracy lands Link the handsomest guy on the show and the colour barrier comes tumbling down. She’s out to conquer the world and when she does, ‘I’ll make every day Negro Day”, she promises.
Where are the Tracy Turnblads now that Baltimore needs them again? Hairspray doesn’t go there but delivers a rallying cry for tolerance: colour, body type and all the other things that get in the way of getting along.
Hairspray has been around since 1988 – first as a film, then adapted as a musical in 2002 and finally as a musical film in 2007. It’s still fun, still relevant, still great family entertainment and proves the song, ‘You can’t stop the beat.'” –Jo Ledingham
VocalEye described Andy Toth’s performance of Edna Turnblad in the Arts Club production in 2011. Way back then, we experimented with “audio previews” on SoundCloud. I’ve unearthed a few for you to listen to now:
HAIRSPRAY Plot Synopsis (audio)
Welcome to the 60’s: a guide to 60’s terms used in the show