Hairspray / Festival of Reading


"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.

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.

Video Extras

"I Know Where I've Been" from USF's "Hairspray"

Video Extras

A Look Inside USF's "Hairspray" Costume Shop

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

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

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

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
Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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