Dear Artists –
The Torrance Theatre Company is presenting the Broadway musical Hairspray this summer at the 500-seat Armstrong Theatre. The show opens on August 8 and runs through August 22. In conjunction with this production, we would like to temporarily exhibit artwork in the Armstrong Theatre lobby that fits the themes and feel of Hairspray.
The story is set in 1962 Baltimore, where the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She uses her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and racially integrate a TV network!
Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, this musical comedy tackles serious social commentary on American society in the 1960s, all while delivering pitch-perfect punch lines featuring musical nods to Motown and Elvis.
The theatre lobby has 3 walls – 13’ x 23’; 12’x18’; and 12’x10’. Two-dimensional work is easiest to install, but we will consider small sculptures. Works can be for sale, and information on the artists will be made available. No commission will be taken.
All artists accepted into the exhibition will receive 2 free tickets to a performance of their choice, excluding opening night.
If you have work for me to consider, please email me several images with details about each one and your resume by July 30. Artwork will need to be delivered to Torrance by August 4 and picked up the week of August 24.
Cultural Services Division Manager
Community Services Department
City of Torrance