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Junior Kelsey Gondek plays Tracy Turnblad in the McDaniel College production of “Hairspray.”

All-student cast presents hit musical ‘Hairspray’

September 25, 2012

McDaniel College presents the hit musical “Hairspray” performed by McDaniel Theatre Arts students. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-6 on campus in WMC Alumni Hall.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and those with a McDaniel College ID. For ticket information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.

The performance is directed by McDaniel Theatre Arts chair Elizabeth van den Berg. Margaret Boudreaux, chair of the Music department at McDaniel, serves as the musical director.

With music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, “Hairspray” delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960s Baltimore, where the 50s are out and change is in the air. Lovable plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblad has a passion for dancing and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair?

Adapted from the 1988 film by Baltimore’s own John Waters, the musical was an instant smash on Broadway when it opened on Aug. 15, 2002, and won eight Tony Awards. It ran for over 2,500 performances and has also had national tours, a London West End production, and numerous foreign productions and was adapted as a 2007 musical film. The London production was nominated for a record-setting 11 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning for Best New Musical and in three other categories.

The cast includes seniors Shelley Hierstetter of Mount Airy, Md., as Amber Von Tussle, and Karly Ziegler of Baltimore as Velma Von Tussle, juniors Kelsey Gondek of Avondale, Pa., as Tracy Turnblad, Paul Davis Griffin of Westminster,  Md., as Wilbur Turnblad, and Hillary Deweese of White Hall, Md., as Penny Pingleton, sophomores Kevin Anderson of Pikesville, Md., as Edna Turnblad, Lyndsay Arnold of New Windsor, Md., as Prudy Pingleton, Joshua Meltzer of Woodbury, Minn., as Corny Collins, Daniel Valentin-Morales of Frederick, Md., as Link Larkin, Najee Banks of Baltimore as Seaweed J. Stubbs, and Chesney Jamieson of La Plata, Md., as Motormouth Maybelle.

 
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