Southern Arkansas University Theatre’s production of “Hairspray” will include students from Pine Bluff. The event will be held Thursday through Sunday, April 19-22, at Harton Theatre.

Area students include Eboni Edwards, of Pine Bluff, a junior performing arts: theatre major, who plays “Lorraine”; and Maleek Ware, of Pine Bluff, a junior biological science major, who plays “Stewie” in the show.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. April 19-20; 7:30 p.m. April 21 (followed by an actor talk-back discussion); and at 2 p.m. April 22.

The musical, written by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell, is based on the film directed by John Waters, according to a news release.

“Set in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, the story follows quirky, plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad, whose dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show,” according to the release. “When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves and she achieves overnight fame by finally appearing on Corny’s show. She uses her star status to help lift up those who got her there by campaigning for the show’s integration.”

The play features SAU Theatre students Darby Taylor (Tracy Turnblad), Joey Kaar (Edna Turnblad), Bodee Starr (Wilbur Turnblad), Brandon Wallace (Corny Collins), Zaneta Kitchens (Motormouth Maybelle Stubbs) and Willie Johnson (Seaweed J. Stubbs).

The show is directed by Cason Murphy, theatre director, under the musical direction of David De Seguirant, associate professor of music. The assistant director is Joann Shaver, and the choreographer is Brandon Smith.

General admission tickets are $15; $10 for SAU faculty and staff; $8 for students and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at or by calling 870-235-4263.