On Television

The cast of USF's production of "Hairspray" rehearses
"Hairspray," a musical tale of dancing and dreams set in 1960's Baltimore, opens the curtain for a nine show run at USF October 11-21. University Beat on WUSF TV takes us behind the scenes of a show that draws from both John Waters' original 1988 movie and the award-winning Broadway musical.

On the Radio

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading (courtesy USF St. Petersburg News)
Festival of Reading

The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday, October 20th on the USF St. Petersburg campus. In conjunction with Florida Matters, this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 has a preview of the Festival. Interviews include St. Pete’s poet laureate, an author who teaches creative writing at USF, and a bookstore manager who’s speaking at the Festival about the growing field of electronic books.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

Video extras

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USF senior Briana Moten, who plays "Motormouth Maybelle," performs "I Know Where I've Been" from the musical Hairspray.

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Costume designer Marilyn Bertch takes us on a tour of USF Theatre's costume shop, which is producing over a hundred outfits for Hairspray.


For more information

Hairspray website

October 17th-20th at 8pm, October 21st at 3pm
Theatre 1 on the USF Tampa Campus

Tickets $15 students/seniors, $20 general admission

USF Box Office 813-974-2323

Festival of Reading
Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading website

October 20th, 10 am - 4 pm, USF St. Petersburg

Florida Matters previews the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading



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