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Hairspray

a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Music and Lyrics by Mark Shaiman, Book by Thomas Meehen and Mark O' Donnell, Additonal Lyrics by Scott Wittman

COMPANY : Johns Creek Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Johns Creek High School Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4052

SHOWING : July 14, 2011 - July 16, 2011

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Johns Creek Players is transporting audiences this summer to 1962 in their exciting production of Hairspray the hit Broadway musical. Set in Baltimore Hairspray follows our unique, rotund, teenage heroine, Tracy Turnblad and her family and friends as they lead the way through a changing time; all through the magic of song and dance.

Tracy's dream is to one day dance on the Corny Collins show but she is far from what the producer of the show, Velma Von Tussle, finds acceptable to be on the show. Through the support of her best friend Penny Pingleton, the love of her parents Edna and Wilbur and the smooth dancing moves of her new friend Seaweed J. Stubbs, Tracy find herself a star of the show where she finally gets to meet the boy of her dreams, Link Larkin. Unfortunately, Tracy finds that the wonderful world of television isn't always fair. Recognizing that inequality in any shape or color is wrong, Tracy and her friends fight to break down those
barriers.


CAST & CREW LIST
Producer and Musical Director Rhonda Fossum
Director Burge Smith
Assistant Stage Manager Mark Bermel
Technical Director/Set Design Taylor C Dyleski
Sound Design Clyde Fossum
Stage Manager Abbie Gillen
Asst. Technical Director Spencer Hrdy
Ensemble Genevieve Aucoin
Ensemble Tori Beauchamp
Dynamite Amaris Blake
Mitch Ben Blanks
Motormouth Maybelle Rosemary Blankson
Tracy Turnblad Jennie Blevins
Ensemble Catherine Carter
Tracy Turnblad Sara Chamberlain
Dynamite Keke Charles
Ensemble Kendall Cleworth
Beatnik Chick McKenna Conboy
Sketch Michael Dibble
Gilbert Jac Douglas
Ensemble Eddie Estrada
Matron Dawn Falite
Wilbur Turnblad Joey Fargár
Fender Michael Glatzer
Ensemble Eric Gonzalez
Stooie Royce Green
Ensemble Melody Hines
Ensemble Becki Hines
Ensemble Keelie Hogan
Mr. Pinky/Spritzer/Guard Tom Johnson
Cindy Watkins Jenee Jones
Ensemble Allison Kelly
IQ Jonathan Kester
Gym Teacher Linda Lawrence
Ensemble Annie Lee
Suzy Mandy Marsico
Corny Collins K.C. Martin
Lou Ann Catherine Meyer
Brad Jake Michael
Ensemble Jessica Mingorance
Prudy Pingleton Camiah Mingorance
Dynamite Taylor Dee Mitchell
Debbie Gia Nappo
Hooker /Ensemble Natalie Nuckolls
Duane Alexander Pham
Ensemble Albert Pham
Brenda Nicole Pietrangelo
Loraine Lauren Pinson
Amber Von Tussle Emily Rabun
Ensemble Jamie Rogers
Tammy Chrissy Rubel
Edna Turnblad Tony Smithey
Seaweed J. Stubbs Travis St. Dic
Velma Von Tussle Debra Stipe
Ensemble Abby Swindall
Ensemble / Council Girl US Samantha Van Sickle
Ensemble Dana Wade
Ensemble Sonia Wade
Little Inez Keira Waites
Ensemble Haley Weber
Ensemble Logan White
Ensemble Brittany Whitlock
Ensemble Cydney Williams
Little Joe Brian Wittenberg
Link Larkin Alex Wright
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REVIEWS

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A Fun Show to See!
by CrimsonPen531
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
4.0
We saw the Saturday matinee production with Jennie Blevins as Tracy, and she was absolutely wonderful! Her voice and acting were spectacular, and she was a real treat to see. The entire Turnblad family was a crack-up, and their rendition of "You're Timeless to Me" was lovely.

I also have to praise the work of Motormouth Maybelle, who came in just four days before opening and really rocked her role. Speaking of which, the entire crowd loved the Civil Rights display behind Motormouth and her kids during "I Know Where I've Been." It was a great addition that really drove the message of the song home.

The secondary characters were equally charming, with Penny being her sweet, innocent self; Amber the conniving prima donna; and the sensuous Velma stealing the audience's applause during "Miss Baltimore Crabs."

The sets and costumes were fantastic, beautifully done, and really helped the show come together visually. The best part of the show was watching the ensemble rally the crowd to dance to the final chorus of "You Can't Stop the Beat," especially since it's always fun for the audience to feel involved in a production, and the fact that it was such a fun production made it even more special.

The Johns Creek Players did a wonderful job with this Broadway hit, and were it not sold out for its entire run, I would have tried to see it again with Sara Chamberlain as Tracy, who I'm told was just as enchanting as the fabulous Jennie Blevins. Congratulations to the cast and crew on a terrific performance! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Aerosol Spray
by playgoer
Sunday, July 17, 2011
3.5
Johns Creek Players' "Hairspray" is a three-hour production that brings together a LOT of high school/college-age youth and a smattering of adults to portray the story of Tracy Turnblad, Baltimore race rebel and obsessed fan of the Corny Collins TV dance show. The production presents the script and songs with all their fun intact, but not without a few problems.

The performance I saw had Sara Chamberlain as Tracy and Rosemary Blankson as Motormouth Maybelle. While both sport terrific voices for their characters, they are both far too slim for their roles. Tony Smithey, in the drag role of Edna Turnblad, is zaftig rather than tubby with his padding, but at least gives the impression of a person who could be embarrassed by a weight problem.

Technical problems are mostly in the sound balance and in the lighting. Not so much in the lighting design of Taylor Dyleski, which generally focuses the action well, but in the spotlight operation that tended to speed ahead of or lag behind the people supposedly being lit. There were some murky areas downstage in "The Big Doll House," which was probably the low point of the lighting design.

Scenic design, also by Taylor Dyleski, used an upstage platform and a number of small, revolving wagons to set the scenes. They were generally attractive and effective, but lettering on a hot dog cart and a high school scoreboard were surprisingly amateurish. The backwards lettering of Motormouth Maybelle's record shop window was better, but still not up to snuff.

Costumes, designed by Tony Smithey, were terrific throughout, giving a true 1962 feel to the proceedings. Choreography, by Allison Polaski, was also terrific, adding a lot of zip, but wasn't always quite pulled off by the entire ensemble. A tap number for "The Big Doll House" was crowded to the point of absurdity.

In such a large cast, there are bound to be some good performances and some less than good. The good far outweigh the bad in this case. That's an indication that director Burge Smith-Lyons has done her work well. Standouts include the adults Debra Stipe, as slinky Velma Von Tussle; Tony Smithey, who wrings every laugh possible out of Edna Turnblad; and Tom Johnson, in a number of roles. Sarah Stipe, as Penny Pingleton, exudes tremendous spirit and enthusiasm, turning in the standout youth performance. Other audience favorites include Joey Fargar, as the diminutive Wilbur Turnblad, and Alexander Wright, as a somewhat stiff Link Larkin (whose stiffness is put to delightful use in "I Can Hear the Bells"). Of the Corny Collins Show council members, I most enjoyed Catherine Meyer, as Lou Ann, and Jonathan Kester, as IQ.

Johns Creek Players holds performances at Johns Creek High School and chooses shows with large youth casts, so attending one of their shows is very much like attending a high school performance, with over-enthusiastic cheering from claques of friends and family members of the cast. That is somewhat balanced by superior production values, in this case including black-and-white vignettes from early 60's TV shows before the show (capped by a fake Ultra Clutch hairspray commercial) and a photo montage during "I Know Where I've Been." This is a lively, energetic, entertaining production of a lively, energetic, entertaining show. While it may not be perfect, it has brought enthusiastic, sold-out audiences to their feet in Johns Creek. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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