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Hairspray 2013 July 11, 2013


Hairspray Opening Next Week
Curtain Rises Thursday Night

The Marshall Civic Players are gearing up for their summer youth show Hairspray, which opens July 18th-21st at the Franke Cnter for the Arts at 214 E. Mansion Street in Marshall with the curtain rising at 8:00pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with Sunday's matinee starting at 2:30pm. After weeks of rehearsal, the kids are really digging into the rehearsal process and cannot wait to open the show next week.

Now that they've spent plenty of time in Baltimore, the kids are taking a lot of great insights away from their characters. "It is actually very fun and exciting," explains Eryn Lewis, playing the dance-loving role of Little Inez, "I get to let loose and be very big and loud. [She] is a true diva and that really fit my personality."

Of course, more can be gleaned from a show that forces our minds and hearts to confront segregation in meaningful ways. "Playing Velma is interesting to me. Velma is one of the main antagonists and I feel that a strong opposing character is key in building the audience's support for Tracy," says Alex Veale, portraying the racist show producer Velma Von Tussle. "Velma is representative of the obstacles Tracy must overcome to reach her dream," explains Veale.
But the connections to the past run deeper than just discussions of race and equality, as the audience will pick out important relationships and dynamics still relevant today. "I feel that Seaweed and his mother [Motormouth Maybelle] are the same as any mother-son relationship," explains Governor Stovall, portraying the budding dance star Seaweed J. Stubbs. Of course, that is only just scratches the surface of dynamic and important relationships that develop throughout Hairspray.

For now, excited theatre-goers can prepare for their exciting and toe-tapping trip to Baltimore when the show opens Thursday next week. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students. Theatergoers can call (269) 781-3335 or visit www.marshallcivicplayers.org for more information.



Hairspray Settles Into Baltimore
Hairspray Rehearsals Are Underway

On a pleasant June day in 1962, Tracy Turnblad's daydream of becoming a star welcomes everyone to the streets of Baltimore. Of course, that is only the beginning of Hairspray, the delightful youth musical highlighting Marshall Civic Player's 2012-2013 season at the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall.

The large cast boasts an array of talented young actors and actresses, and their opening number "Good Morning Baltimore" already delivers that toe tapping, enthralling 1960s beat. Well into rehearsals, "Good Morning Baltimore" shook the walls of the rehearsal hall of the Franke Center with the cast of over forty singing together.

Of course, "Good Morning Baltimore" is much more than just a powerful opening number. "I've always thought that the first number in any musical is the most important," explains director Tom Whitesell, "it either grabs the audience and captures them for the rest of the show, or it falls flat and fails to spark that excitement."

Hairspray has definitely found that spark, due in part to leading lady Allison Brownell. Portraying Tracy Turnblad, Brownell gets to develop "one of her dream roles" as a lively 1960s girl driving herself to stardom in the opening number and beyond. "She is so upbeat and energetic," explains Brownell, "I have to make sure to always keep my energy up."

Booming voices behind Brownell round out the picture for Hairspray as inspired choreography and musical direction fill the rehearsals. "Our music director, Elena Solero, did a wonderful job teaching this song to such a large number of kids," Whitesell explains, "she helped give it the balance and energy required to give our audiences that initial thrill. Then, choreographer Maria Gill taught the dance steps that will visually engage the audience. These two ladies, working with this talented group of kids, are responsible for the power of the opening number."

As the show progresses and rehearsals continue, cast and crew continue to spend time in 1960s Baltimore and uncover much more beneath the surface. "The time period was one of segregation and inequality which, in the eyes of these youngsters, was (as Motormouth Maybelle says) 'a whole lot of stupid'," Whitesell explains. Whitsell has no concerns over bringing this decades-old story to the stage however, since "through the upbeat music and delightful comedy a message is delivered that is just as relevant today."

The production crew hope that local musicians of all ages will be interested in becoming part of that message, as they are looking to gather pit members including: drums, bass, guitar, and violin. Those interested can contact musical director Elena Solero (269) 789-1327 to find out more information about this wonderful opportunity.

The show runs July 18th-21st at the Franke Cnter for the Arts at 214 E. Mansion Street in Marshall with the curtain rising at 8:00pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with Sunday's matinee starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students. Theatergoers can call (269) 781-3335 or visit www.marshallcivicplayers.org for more information.



Hairspray Cast Announced
Hairspray Cast Announced

Cast and crew are proud to announce this year's wonderful and talented cast for the Marshall Civic Players upcoming youth show, Hairspray. The delightful, syrupy sweet musical opens with the infectious and bright Tracy Turnblad (Allison Brownell) dreaming of one day appearing on the hit Corny Collins Show. Tracy and her friend Penny (Erin Culp) learn that they might get that chance when one of the dancers leaves the show. Tracy pleads with her shy mother Edna (Alex France) about the audition while Penny's mother Prudy (Gabrielle Robinson) expresses her concerns about "race music."

When Tracy gets permission to audition from her father, Wilbur (Isaiah Potter), a powerful and heart-warming story unfolds as she bumps into teenage heartthrob Link Larkin (Jared Heddinger), the racist producer Velma Von Tussle (Alex Veale) and her daughter Amber Von Tussle (Miranda Schaffer), host Corny Collins (Parker Murray), the fancy feet of Motormouth Maybelle (Fontayshia Dejesus) and Seaweed J. Stubbs (Governor Stovall), the show's worrisome sponsor Mr. Spritzer (Phillip May), dress shop owner Mr. Pinky (Josh Vreeland), and audition hopeful Little Inez (Eryn Lewis).

As Tracy gets closer to her audition issues of race consume the town when a march is organized. As events heat up on the dance floor and all over town, we run into council members Brad (Calder Lachance), Fender (Rick Downs), Sketch (Nick Rogers), Tammy (Rachael Woods), Brenda (Beth Kuenzel), I.Q. (Danny Kuenzel), and Lou Ann (Kristen Andrews), as well as other faces around town including the gym teacher (Christine Whitesell), Duane (Freddy Balmer) and Lorraine (Olaide Olapade) from the record shop, Gilbert (Chris Bell), members of The Dynamites Trio (Olivia Gonzalez, Allison McCoy and Alexis Kalisz), the school's principal (Isabel Saville), the matron (Emily Campau), and Gilbert (Chris Bell).

Rounding out the cast as 1960s inspired singers and dancers are Jacob Janofski, LoElla Bielby, Elayna Moreau, Ashleigh Martin, Alexis Cole, Hope Newsome, Molly Delaney, DJ Crumbsy, Eliza Goben, Amy McGlothen, Allie Marsh, Laramie Schick, Emily Beeman, Andrew Warriner, Victory Sophia LaRose Stovall, and Kyndall Lewis.

The show runs July 18th-21st at the Franke Cnter for the Arts at 214 E. Mansion Street in Marshall with the curtain rising at 8:00pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with Sunday's matinee starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students. Theatergoers can call (269) 781-3335 or visit www.marshallcivicplayers.org for more information.




Hairspray Auditions Announced
Audition Information for Hairspray

The Marshall Civic Players are looking ahead to this summer's youth production of the hit musical Hairspray. Auditions for the youth show will be held Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th with callbacks on Wednesday, May 15th all starting at 7:00pm at the Franke Center for the Arts located at 214 E. Mansion St. in Marshall.

Both director Tom Whitesell and choreographer Maria Gill will be looking for a company that includes singing and dancing roles. High school students interested in performing in the show should be prepared to sing an upbeat number from the script -- or different song in a similar style -- and read from the provided scripts. As there is a sizable choreographed element to the show, cast hopefuls should also be prepared to perform a simple 60s style dance after some instruction and a demonstration from the choreographer.

Rehearsals for the show should begin Sunday, May 19th and generally run Sunday through Thursday nights from 7-9 or 10 o' clock. The show will run July 18, 19, 20, and 21.

UPDATE
A $25 fee covering participation and t-shirt will be collected from all students cast in the production. Scholarships to offset or cover the $25 fee are available. More information regarding this fee will be explained at the time of audition.

For further information call 781-3335 between 1-5pm Monday through Friday or visit the Marshall Civic Players website at www.marshallcivicplayers.org.


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