Sixties Saturday #1



Welcome to the 60’s, and to the Playhouse blog spot for the Children’s Theater spring show, HAIRSPRAY! My name is Stefan Kahlstorf, and I am excited to be writing on the Playhouse blog for the third time.

To kick off the blog, here is a small synopsis on the story of HAIRSPRAY:

Baltimore, 1962, is where and when the events of Hairspray take place. The story follows Tracey Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager who is trying to fit into society, while still holding onto her beliefs. Throughout the course of the show, she finds that not everyone believes what she does, and sometimes there are things that are more important than being popular. Main themes in Hairspray include fighting for what is right, accepting yourself for who you are, and Civil Rights.  

During the rehearsal process our director, Kate Horvath, assigned different research groups so that everyone in the cast could get into the mindset of what problems were going on during the Civil Rights Movement (when the real life events that inspired HAIRSPRAY occurred). Each week, there will be a different one of those topics on here, with some facts and other information to show all of the pieces that come together to form the Civil Rights Movement.

Much like the other blogs I have written, there will be also be actor interviews each week, where you can learn about who they are in real life, and who they are in the world of HAIRSPRAY. This week, I wanted to include a little bit about myself.


Finally, here is some important information specifically about the Playhouse’s production of HAIRSPRAY:

Check back next #SixtiesSaturday to learn more about HAIRSPRAY, and for the first Civil Rights’ topic and actor interviews!




Spring Classes start next week at the Playhouse with diverse opportunities to act, sing, dance and have fun. There are classes for youth, teens and adults to get outside the box and try something new!

Open House is Saturday 2/1 from 10-11 am at the Playhouse Conservatory (in the Wells Fargo Building). You can receive a $10 discount if you register for classes on site that day. Youth and teens can meet instructors, ask questions, and try a class on for size!

Take it from some of our teaching staff:  Education Director Kate Horvath asked longtime Playhouse Education Program staff Patrick Colvin and Actor’s Gym Scene Study Instructor Michelle Juntunen why they would encourage a student to take a class at the Playhouse.

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Thankful for Theatre


Thankful for Theatre

Now that we’ve all had a day to take post-turkey naps and digest all the food we ate, we at the Playhouse would like to share with you why we are thankful – not only for our families and friends – but for theatre.

Maria James (Customer Relations Manager)

I’m thankful for theatre because it still leaves room for your imagination.

Sarah Diener (Education & Community Outreach Coordinator)

I am thankful for giggles in rehearsal, the “ah-ha” moment of discovery, the ability to creatively solve problems. I am thankful to see a first time theatre go-er be amazed at possibility. Thankful to hear a kiddo finally hit that note with power, or to see them get up when they fall. I’m thankful that theatre teaches us that we are never done growing, and dreaming up bigger, crazier schemes. But mostly, I’m thankful for the community it builds. A strong and collaborative community, unafraid to take risks and dare to reach that amazing possibility that first drew us to the theatre in the first place.

Christine Seitz (Executive & Artistic Director)

I am thankful to wake up every day and go to a job that I love and that adds great value to people’s lives.

Kate Horvath (Education Director)

So much gratitude!!!

I am grateful for the Playhouse students and families.  Their hard work, talent and constant support inspire me every day!!!

Also, I’m grateful for the rare occasion to perform, it gives me energy, teaches me new things, and keeps me from getting rusty.  It is pure joy!

I am thankful for theatre because it has been my platform to be of service and have impact in my community.  It gives me a chance to share stories that I believe are important to the fabric of human experience, and connect with others who share this passion.  It is also gives me a great excuse to never stop learning, and having new experiences, because that drive to be a lifelong learner feeds every performance I craft or role I have the chance to play.

Tessa Lenneman (Promotions & Office Manager)

I’m thankful to have a creative working environment where there’s always something new and exciting happening, on and off stage!

Mallory Cleveland (Marketing Project Coordinator)

I am thankful for theatre because of the inspiration it provides. There is nothing like the feeling of leaving a show and feeling so incredibly inspired – there’s nothing that compares. The sheer talent and skill it takes on every end to make a performance come alive always amazes me, no matter how much I am exposed to it.

We from the Playhouse all hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! And now we ask you, why are you thankful for theatre?