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September 15, 2010

Hairspray Guest Artist Crystin Gillmore as Motormouth Maybelle

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 10:48 am

It has been such a pleasure to return to Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theatre and perform in Hairspray.  In 2005, I had the pleasure of being a Resident Actor while Charleston Stage was still calling the Dock Street home. The renovations are breathtaking to say the least. The theatre has kept its character while adding the accessibility and amenities of a contemporary theatre. It’s like a fabulous trip down memory lane when I think about the so-called haunted third floor and stage manager booth!  I must say, I do miss the rickety stairs from the second floor to the stage but the new dressing rooms and elevators are definitely a PLUS.  The newly renovated Dock Street is a sweet treat while the opportunity to appear in Hairspray is the icing on the cake.

The role of Motormouth Maybelle has been so much fun creating.  Hairspray has such a great message to share with the audience and I have loved having a character who is an advocate for acceptance and equality.  As an actor sometimes, work is work and you just want an opportunity to show the world your talent but, in the case of Hairspray, I have the privilege to perform in a show that I believe in.  Motormouth Maybelle is a fun-loving, high energy, realistic mother of two. She knows the hardships of a black family in the sixties and the internal struggle of a woman in a society that frowns upon people over weight.  Her message is love and acceptance.  What I appreciate most about my character is that she teaches those around her with honesty, humor, and love.  I feel it’s easier to share a part of me as Motormouth Maybelle, being that I find these characteristics in myself.  Every night I find a new discovery in my character. I feel acting is a never-ending journey of discovery. I read and re-read my script constantly in search of a different angle or point of view.  Hairspray has given me such a remarkable opportunity to give an audience a chance to laugh, sing, and cry with an over the top, fun-loving character as Motormouth Maybelle.  Thank you Charleston Stage.  What an honor!


Center: Former Charleston Stage Resident Actor Crystin Gillmore as Motormouth Maybelle and Charleston Stage Resident Actor Mary-E Godfrey as Tracy Turnblad.



Center: Former Charleston Stage Resident Actor Crystin Gillmore as Motormouth Maybelle.


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