Theater Arts Lesson Plus Study Guide Hairspray the Broadway Musical

Grade Levels
7th - 11th, Homeschool
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Internet Activities
  • Activity
56 pages
Share this resource
Easel Activity Included
This resource includes a ready-to-use interactive activity students can complete on any device. Easel by TpT is free to use! Learn more.
Compatible with Digital Devices
The Teacher-Author has indicated that this resource can be used for device-based learning.
Also included in
  1. A smaller bundle for those that need it. (Musicals A to L) 20% OFF! This BUNDLE contains nine different lessons (325 pages) concerning popular award-winning Broadway musicals. Students will come away with exceptional, broad knowledge and a new appreciation of the awards and the origin of these Br
    Save $19.05
  2. BUNDLE save 30% Here are 44 lessons (1,070 pages) with research and study guides focused on Tony Award winning Broadway musicals and famous theater artists through short biographies. Students study, research, synthesize and apply the information with opportunities for individual, distance and/or co
    Save $67.50


Part of a Bundle This musical theater lesson and study guide focuses on the Tony award winning musical Hairspray. Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad who advocates for racial integration and succeeds in her mission to integrate The Corny Collins Show. Students have an opportunity to study its journey to Broadway, composers, plot, trivia, etc.

The lesson can stand alone or be combined with one of my Famous Artist Biographies (Lin Manuel Miranda or Sarah Bareilles for example) or other musical lessons (Hamilton or Wicked)

This unit was updated on April 19, 2022.

NOTE: I created a digital version of this lesson for you which is included in this product and free to you. I split up the students' pages from the teacher's and placed answer boxes on the question sheet and design assignment. I hope it helps you.

HOW DO I USE THIS LESSON IN MY CLASSROOM? A drama, music or even a U.S. history class would enjoy this lesson. Possible connections include social movements of the 1960s, identity and bias, music theory, media literacy and current events.

This Product includes:

  • Letter to Teacher
  • Two Warm Ups--Dance Tutorials from the Actual Production
  • Teacher's Script--What I Say and How I Say it!
  • Photos of Hairspray
  • Synopsis of the Musical
  • Plot of the Musical
  • Short Biography about Marc Shaiman composer and choreographer Jerry Mitchell
  • Separate File of Photos for Teacher's Use in Lecture
  • History about the Origination of the Production
  • AND a Mini-Lesson on What are the Tony Awards?
  • List of Tony Awards
  • New York City Map with Competing Theaters Labeled
  • Student Note Page for Hairspray
  • Teacher Note Page Key--Hallelujah!
  • Trivia about Broadway and Hairspray
  • Songs List
  • Video clip list
  • Pinterest Board Link Specifically about Hairspray
  • Extension Activities-- SEVEN Terrific Suggestions of Ways to Secure the Learning and Enrich the Experience either Individual or Group
  • Two costume design templates for one of the extension activities
  • Exit slips for daily use
  • Checklist of what to copy
  • Sources & Links to Film Clips from the Show
  • And More!

Comprehensive? You bet.

This is a unique, engaging product created by an award-winning, veteran drama teacher of 38 years.

Do you follow me? If not, I hope you will: FOLLOW ME

Check out my other TPT products at:


Here's what reviewers have said of Dramamommaspeaks products:

Tony Awards

“A resource that includes everything you need! Two-days of diving into the world of Tony Awards, students will love it. Brimming with fascinating trivia!”

Lin Manuel Miranda

“WOW! WHAT an AWESOME Resource!!!! Thanks for providing the questions, the links, a couple of different teaching options. This could be a great sub plan, but I know every teacher wants to do this lesson for themselves. Love that you finished with a great tweet from L M Miranda. Kids are gonna love THIS!”

Set Design, Fairy Tale Setting

"This is such a wonderful and creatively made resource!"

Earning TPT Credits

• Do you want credit for future TPT purchases? Just provide feedback for resources you purchase. Click on the “provide feedback” button next to your purchases, rate the resource, and leave a short comment. (You need to do both to earn credits.)

You receive 1 TPT credit for each dollar you spend, and you can spend it just like cash on future Teachers Pay Teachers purchases.

Total Pages
56 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up