Lineup announced for ‘Hairspray’

Lineup announced for ‘Hairspray’

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:57 pm
By: Glenda Caudle, Special Features Editor

By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
Singing and dancing — they are the solutions to the problems that plague stage-struck teens whose on-campus drama and off-campus competitions keep things spinning in the next Masquerade Theatre production, “Hairspray.”
The musical, set in 1962 in Baltimore, began life as a 1988 film, progressed to a 2002 Broadway production and morphed into a 2007 movie of the same name.
Zoe Ramage plays Tracy Turnblad, whose original goal in life is to win a spot on “The Corny Collins Show,” a teen dance program in her hometown. As the play progresses, larger issues surface and claim the heroine’s attention.
Jamie Worrell plays the TV host and Jarred Clayton takes the stage as reclusive Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s mom, in a role John Travolta originally claimed. Ryan Stone rounds out the Turnblad family as the teen’s father, Wilbur.
The show that focuses a positive spotlight on the pleasantly plump teen Tracy and her dreams of fame, as well as her new-found commitment to racially integrating her school and community, will be featured March 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20 at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Union City. Tickets are $15 and are on sale at Lanzer’s Printing and Office Supply on South First Street in downtown Union City.
Whitney Reynolds plays Tracy’s best friend, Penny Pingleton, and Jenny Gilliland is Prudy Pingleton, her strict mom.
Amber von Tussle (Angie Searcy) and her boyfriend, Link Larkin (Jared Hamlin), provide tension as the arrogant and wealthy Collins show “stars.” Velma von Tussle (Jenny Virgin), who manages the TV station that airs the show, assures her daughter of the spotlight.
Danielle Alston will shine as Motormouth Maybelle, record shop owner and host of the dance show on the only day of the month black teens are allowed on the pre-integration-days program.
Rounding out the cast will be Brandon Bennett as Harriman F. Spritzer, Ian Hunt as Seaweed Stubbs, Deonte Polk as Stooie, Nadia Treadwell as Little Inez, Brian Johnson as Mr. Pinky, Linda St. Clair as the gym teacher, Portia Bennett as matron, Devin Burnside as Gilbert, Teena Lairy as Cindy Watkins, Anna Moore as Lorraine, Noah Mosley as Duane, Charleston Yanders as Thad, Cristina Grimm as Tammy, JoMykel Hepler as Brad, Cody Speed as Fender, Kelsey Boyd as Brenda, John Alex Warner as Sketch, Catherine Nailling as Shelley, Drew Crews as I.Q., Ann Marie Williams as Lou Ann, Scottie Ervin as Judine, Ali Yanders as Kamilah and Tynshia Fountain as Shayna.
Making up the chorus will be Zach Reed, Allison Northam, Shelley Webb, Jenny Overall, Heather Gilliland, Cara Brewer, Ashley Smith, Shayla Mosley and Jalyn Mosley.
Special Features Editor Glenda Caudle may be contacted by e-mail at glenda caudle@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.20.11

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