Hairspray slated May 8-11

MARLA K. KUHLMAN, ThisWeek Community News
Senior Emma English (center) sings the opening number with the rest of the chorus during a rehearsal for Hairspray on April 23 at Gahanna Lincoln High School.

Gahanna Lincoln High School thespians hope to educate and entertain with their production of Hairspray next weekend.

The musical will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in the high school auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Director Cindi Macioce said the Tony Award-winning show was chosen by a panel of directors because of its entertainment value, popularity, high-energy scenes, the challenges it presents for student crews and performers and the message it brings to an audience.

"Given the subject matter and themes explored, namely racism and prejudice, this musical has allowed us as a theater community to dialogue about certain stereotypes, expose them and then, in the end, shatter them with a message of love and acceptance for all people," she said. "The rehearsal process has been a great springboard for discussion. Theater has the ability to do two things: educate and entertain. We are hoping to do both with our production of "Hairspray."

Macioce said Gahanna audiences should look forward to a very high energy and highly entertaining show.

The production will mark the first time the high school has used a runway since the 2003 show, Mame.

She said students working backstage, on stage, in the pit and the directing team have been putting in many hours.

"The students have stayed to finish scenes, dances and songs long past the stopping point listed on our rehearsal calendars," Macioce said. "They know how important the message of this show is, and they want to make sure they get it right.

"They buy in to what we do, but more importantly, why we do it. We genuinely hope to make a difference. They make -- and will continue to make -- such great things happen."

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All tickets cost $10 for general seating. Tickets will be available for purchase in the school's front office beginning 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 5, or during school lunches in the concession stands from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Main and supporting roles in Hairspray include the following: Tracy Turnblad, played by Emma English; Edna Turnblad, by Adam King; Wilbur Turnblad, by Christian Schaefer; Penny Pingleton, by Makenzie Karl; Prudy Pingleton, by Olivia Smith; Velma Von Tussle, by Erika Gellner; Amber Von Tussle, by Cassidy Martin; Corny Collins, by Eric Batke; Link Larkin, by Duncan Thomas; Harriman Spritzer, by Ben Lustig; Seaweed J. Stubbs, by Allen Bruce; Little Inez, by Malina Ransom; and Motormouth Maybelle, by Alexis Young.

Other roles and cast members are: gym teacher, Taylor Wade; guard, Camille Mancuso; matron, Joanna Dooley; principal, Dan Ely; Mr. Pinky, Matthew Marques; Mr. Pinky's Girls, Brooke Ashley, Sarah, Blakely, Jennie McAndrew and Taylor Wade; hooker, Paula Shtein; Beatnik, Kari Brown; and hotdog vender, Owen Mair.

Cast as council members are Cameron Becker; Vince Bella, Natalie Goldfein-Killilea, Josh Gregory, Matthew Gregory, Stephen George, Faith Kazmierczak, Luke Lindsay, Jayne Passa; Hanna Render, Katherine Resch and Sarah Yankovich.

Cast as the Record Shop Kids and ensemble are Jasmine Dabney, Curtis Fitzgerald, Ryan James, Isaac Lewis, Kalea Lucas, Ryan McCaleb, Kalen O' Daniel, Morgan Pennington, Mahogany Porras, Tatyanna Ramirez, Emily Rogers, Chelsie Washington and Dominique Washington.

The Dynamites are played by Olivia Dominguez, Breanna Newton and Cymone Turner.

Playing the Baltimore Teens are Duke Durrant, Jason Grafe, Luke Hess, Aiden Jones, Lane Lightle, Alex Marcum, Michael McMasters, Victoria Perez, Lucas Pottorf, Summit Rosenberg, Hannah Rossio, Holly Rowan, Brittany Stamas,Emily Wannamaker, Kayla Wagner and Carly Whipple.

Cast as the Baltimore Adults/ WTTM-TV staff are Emily Eshilman,Chelsea Ker, Megan Komjati, Owen Mair, Jennie McAndrew, Jacob Naiman, Anna Pierce and Evan Rose.

In addition to Macioce, the production staff includes Kevin Dengel, Alexander Harris, Jeremy Lahman, Taya Lukacsko, Ethan Peters and Chris Wagner.

Build captains are Sean Auletto, Konner Barr, Kyle Binns, Jackie Chau, Gabby Howell, Kat Leonard, Stephanie Rush, Anna Schmeling, Shannon Sloan, Sydney Strauss and Rebecca Whatley.