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Time to Rock and Roll at MSSD’s Spring Play—Hairspray!


Directed by Fred Beam

"Dancing with the Stars" is the hot TV show now, but back in the 1960s it was the "Corny Collins Show," a program broadcast live from a dance studio in Baltimore. The Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) spring production of Hairspray captures the bouffant hairdos and wild dances of the early rock and roll days. The storyline focuses on how the Collins show segregates white and black dancers-the dancers are white on each show except for one day a month set aside for black dancers only. Pleasantly plump teenager and devoted Corny Collins fan Tracy Turnblad lands a spot on the show. She decides to teach her hometown a thing or two about integration and prove that talented dancers come in every body shape, hairstyle, and color!

Performance dates:

  • Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m.
  • Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m.


MSSD's Theatre Malz on the campus of Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695


$5 - Adults
$4 - College students and senior citizens with I.D.
$3 - per person for school group tickets

For ticket reservations, contact Yolanta Rozynek or call (202) 651-5031.