Hairspray – Audience Guidelines
Some material in Hairspray may not be appropriate for children. Asheville Community Theatre gives the show a movie rating of PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned.
Light swearing is used throughout. Some of the characters use demeaning language to refer to members of other races. Amber uses a derogatory word to describe Tracy’s intelligence.
The language in Hairspray is very tongue-in-cheek. Many, many innuendos including references to making out, padding bras, getting a hickey, a flasher who lives next door, and sleeping with the judges of a beauty pageant. One of the teen dancers is leaving “The Corny Collins” show for the next nine months, Seaweed finds a condom in his pocket, Amber spreads an untrue rumor that Tracy has been found nude in the backseat of a car with two boys, etc. Edna Turnblad is traditionally played by a man in drag – this production is no exception. Edna and her husband share a song with several sexual innuendos and they kiss.