Hairspray The Broadway Musical


Date: August 3, 2016 — September 3, 2016
Days & Times:

Tuesday-Thursday: 7:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 8:00 pm
Sunday (August 14th, 21st & 28th): 2:00 pm


Running Time: 135 minutes
Price: $35

Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler
Arrangements by Marc Shaiman
Directed by Scott Ripley
Musical Direction by Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Choreography by Meredith Langton and Chelsey Jo Ristaino


Summary

In 1962, Baltimore high school student Tracy Turnblad does not fit the mold and dreams of dancing on the local TV teenage dance program.  So do her African American classmates. Friendship and love grow from breaking the mold for both in this heartwarming story set to a rousing 1960’s dance style rhythm and blues score. — Winner of eight Tony Awards.

Special Labor Day benefit performance September 3rd!

Come toast the end of the summer season with fun- filled BBQ celebration followed by a special performance of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Hairspray. Benefit tickets are $50, to buy now click here.

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Cast

Tracy Turnblad
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Kate Ryan (Tracy Turnblad) Kate is thrilled to return home to make her Cape Rep debut in Hairspray! She is a graduate of Penn State University, receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in English. Recent credits include Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear/Mrs. T), Pennsylvania Centre Stage; Chicago (Annie), Priscilla Beach Theatre; The Sound of Music (Postulant/Ensemble), New Bedford Festival Theatre; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky), Penn State University. Check out her website, www.kateryan.net! Love and thanks to family, friends, Crew 15, and the cast and crew!

Corny Collins/Guard
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Matthew Elliott (Corny Collins) Matthew is excited to join the Cape Rep family for the first time.  This is the furthest east that this Kansas native has ever traveled and he doesn’t want to leave.  Recent credits include: Leaf Coneybear in 25th…Spelling Bee, Robbie Faye in Man of No Importance, and Orlando in As You Like It.  Thanks to WB, LS, ABS, JBix, & the team here at Cape Rep.  Love to mom and dad.

Edna Turnblad
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Jared Hagan (Edna Turnblad) Jared has appeared in over 25 Cape Rep productions. Some of his favorites include La Cage Aux Folles, Failure: A Love Story, Avenue Q, Drowsy Chaperone, A Class Act, Wintertime and A Year with Frog & Toad. NYC: Two Hearts Bleed As One (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Avenue Q (GEVA), Master Class (Eventide), Streakin’ (New Provincetown Theater), Batboy, Cabaret, Hair (PTC), Floyd Collins, Closer than Ever, The Lion in Winter (Counter Productions), A Grand Night for Singing, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (CCTCHJT),  ABC’s of NYC (CCFTA) and Talking With (TUTS). Jared would like to give a special thank you to his family, Richard and Penny.

Velma Von Tussle
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Marie Becklo (Velma Von Tussle) Marie is excited to be returning to Cape Rep for her second season after performing in Evita, Elephant and Piggie: We Are In A Play! and Stage to Screen: A Musical Revue.  She is currently performing in Frog and Toad in the outdoor theater and recently directed Honk! and Hoodie at St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School in Hyannis. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Barnard College. Love to W.B.

Penny Singleton
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Annabelle Shea (Penny Pingleton) Annabelle is thrilled to be portraying the role of Penny in this production of Hairspray. Originally from Weston, CT, she spends her summers in Centerville, MA. During the school year, she studies BFA Musical Theatre at the University of Miami. Many thanks and lots of love to the cast and crew of this production, and especially, her parents!

Prudy Pingleton/Harriman F. Spritzer/Principal/Mr. Pinky/Gym Teacher/Matron
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McNeely Myers * (Prudy Pingleton/Harriman F. Sprizter/Principal/Mr. Pinky/Gym Teacher/Matron) was last seen here as a woman of shifting ages in Art Devine’s Winter Wheat, and is grateful to be treading the boards of Cape Rep again. McNeely has appeared locally in Body Awareness, Bug, Driving on the Sidewalk, Indecent Exposure (WHAT), Winter Wheat (Cape Rep), Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit, Anton in Show Business (Counter Productions), A Perfect Ganesh (Provincetown Theatre), and most notably as Maria Callas in Master Class (Provincetown REP) for which Terrence McNally said he was “blown away by McNeely Myers, Cape Cod‘s answer to Meryl Streep.” These days outside the theatre you may find Mac teaching standup paddle boarding, ukulele, or playing in an African drum band and enjoying the beauty.

Amber Von Tussle
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Chelsey Jo Ristaino (Amber Von Tussle/Co-Choreographer) Chelsey is thrilled to be back on the Cape for the summer. Favorite Cape Rep credits include: Next to Normal, Jerusalem, Light in the Piazza, Drood, Funny Girl and Evita. Other credits: The Taffetas (Seven Angels Theater), A Chorus Line, The Spitfire Grill and Closer than Ever. Currently lives in NYC and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University. Love and thanks to the cast and crew, Seton and Mom. Dedicated to Mo.

Link Larkin
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Nick Nudler (Link Larkin) Nick is a BFA Acting Sophomore at the University of Connecticut and is so excited to be a part of this production after making his Cape Rep debut in this season’s Rough Crossing. Recent credits include: CRT: Spamalot (Sir Robin), Anon(ymous) (Strygal), Boston Playwrights Theatre: There but for the grace (Andrew).

Link Larkin (August 28 - September 3)
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Michael Albert (Link Larkin, August 28 – September 3) is thrilled to be making his Cape Rep debut! This summer he returned to his alma mater, Emerson College, as an instructor for their Musical Theatre Pre-college Program. Michael has recently been seen at the Barnstormers Theatre, the Cutler Majestic Stage, and A.R.T’s Oberon Theatre.

Wilbur Turnblad
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John Mooney * (Wilbur Turnblad) John is thrilled to be making his Cape Rep debut in this production of Hairspray. Off-B’way credits include playing Conan O’Brien and Dianne Wiest in Who Killed Woody Allen?; TV credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, AXS TV Presents: Gotham Comedy Live, and Reverend Gary on NBC’s 30 Rock. John just performed in this year’s Nantucket Comedy Festival and looks forward to many more creative opportunities on the Cape. Much love to Edna (my actual wife, not my Hairspray wife) and my son, Fintan.

Little Inez
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Stephanie Sequeira (Little Inez) Stephanie is thrilled to be part of this wonderful show! Other credits include “The Making of Madeline Moore” (54 Below), “Once Upon a Mattress,” and “Chess.” She regularly works to develop new musical theatre pieces with the writing team Carner & Gregor (“Unlocked,” “Island Song”), and competed in the finals of “So You Think You Can Belt?” at NYC’s West End Lounge in 2015. TV: “Idolos”. Web: “Read My Mind.” Stephanie is a graduate of NYFA in New York. “Minha família é a minha força.” www.StephanieSequeira.com

Seaweed J. Stubbs
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Brandon Curry (Seaweed J. Stubbs) NY/OTHER: Snapple Theater Center: Piggy Nation the Musical (Larry Lazardo); Theater at St. Clements: Bedspread (Vince White). 1st NATIONAL TOUR: GHOST (Subway Ghost). REGIONAL: Alabama Shakespeare Center (Jetsam) Eugene O’Neill Theater Center & Z Space: Home Street Home (Razor). TV: NBC: Law and Order SVU (1 Episode) SuperSize Squad (Long John Silver) . EDUCATION: BFA Elon University. All my love to my amazing family and best friends! Twitter:@brandoncurry7 Instagram:@brandonlashawn

Motormouth Maybelle
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Shinnerrie Jackson (Motormouth Maybelle) Shinnerrie Jackson is a actress and singer living and working in New York City. She earned her Bachlors of Music at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her MFA at the University of Tennessee under the tutilage of Jed Diamond. She can be seen in 30 Rock and in Whit Stillmans Damsels in Distress. She has also been in numerous produtions in American Regional Theaters. Some of her favorite roles include A Night with Janis Joplin (understudy Blues Singer),  Susan in Race (Weathervane Theater), Female Chorus in Electra (Pittsburgh Public Theater), and Ain’t I a Woman: a one woman show about the heroines of African American history.

Tammy
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Lindsey Erin Agnes (Ensemble/Amber US) Is honored to be part of the cast of Hairspray. Her most recent credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid at CCTC, Amy in Little Women the Musical at CCTC, Margot in Yours, Anne at ETC, Anne in La Cage Aux Folles at Cape Rep, Ensemble/Mistress u/s in Evita at Cape Rep, Zaneeta/Marian u/s in Music Man at CCTC. Lindsey thanks her family for always supporting her passion, PHD for his unconditional love, and the passionate and talented cast and crew that have put so much love into the amazing show you are about to see!

Dynamite/Loraine
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Isabel Archer (Dynamite/Ensemble) Isabelle Archer is a junior at Barnstable High School, and is so happy to be participating in her first show with Cape Rep. She has recently been seen in the BHSDC productions of Godspell as the “Turn Back O’ Man” soloist and Lady Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. She would like to thank her family and Jeffrey Billard for always supporting her and encouraging her to improve.

Dynamite/Gilbert
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Lephate Cunningham III (Ensemble) Lephate is thrilled to be making his Cape Rep debut in Hairspray!  A Chicago native, Lephate is a rising senior in Rider University’s BFA Musical Theatre program in New Jersey.  Recent regional credits include Mary Poppins, Ghost The Musical, American Idiot, and Rock of Ages (Barn Theatre, MI).  Other recent credits include Catch Me If You Can, All Shook Up, and A Little Night Music. lephatecunningham.com @Lephate

Sketch
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Jeffrey T Kelly (Ensemble) Jeffrey Kelly is a local Cape film/stage actor from Barnstable.  He is currently a shift manager at Burrito Bistro in Mashpee. Previous roles include: Soldier/Argonaut (Medea), Juror 4 (12 Angry), Flute/Thisbe (Midsummer), Dion/Lord (The Winter’s Tale), Finch (How To Succeed) and Banquo (Macbeth).  Jeff is incredibly honored to be a part of this process and would like to thank his family and all involved at Cape Rep for this wonderful opportunity.

Brenda
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Madison Mayer (Ensemble) Madison is delighted to perform at the Cape Rep Theatre for the first time in her hometown of Brewster. She has performed at several local theatres for many years. Some of her past roles include ” Yours Anne” as Anne Frank (ETC),  “Gypsy” as June (CCftA), and “The Secret Garden” as Martha (CCTC). She studies tap with the APA, teen acting at CCTC, and will start her sophomore year in the fall.

IQ
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Wil Moser (Ensemble) Wil is delighted to make his Cape Rep debut in this production. Area credits include Prince Chulalongkorn in The King and I (Monomoy); the Artful Dodger in Oliver! and Dickon in The Secret Garden (CCTC); Friedrich in The Sound of Music (CDG); Peter van Pels in Yours Anne and leads in The Little Prince, Tom Sawyer, and Honk! (ETC). Wil received a 2015 IRNE award (Promising Performance by a Young Actor) for his reprise of role of The Little Prince at New Repertory Theatre. wilmoser.com

Duane
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Aaron Roberts (Duane/Ensemble) is a recent graduate of the Bridgewater State University Dance Program where he began as a chemistry major and dance minor, but upon receiving an Adrian-Tinsley Research grant to create three original works, he made the decision to study dance exclusively. He began focusing on dance in the last year of his Navy service. He has performed as Macavity in Cats with Star Players of Bristol County, as a Vietnam Vet in the premier of , and as Mac the Knife in Three Penny Opera. He has also choreographed and performed in many dance concerts at Bridgewater State. His future aspirations are to finish his chemistry degree while continuing to perform. He is very excited to be working with Cape Rep Theatre and so many talented actors and dancers.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Creative

Director
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Scott Ripley (Director)
graduated from the US Naval Academy (BS: English) and served for six years as an A-6 bombardier/ navigator onboard USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt – before resigning his commission to enter the Professional Actor Training Program at UC San Diego (MFA: Acting). He has acted on stages across the US and abroad, including at La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, A.C.T., Moscow Art eater, Taiwan National eater, Folger Theatre, three seasons at the American Repertory Theatre, four seasons in PlayMakers Repertory Company, three seasons at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and most recently, one season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Scott has directed Off -Broadway (Theatre Row) and at Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe. He directed Cape Rep’s recent production of Rough Crossing. Scott has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Acting, Voice, Movement, and Commedia dell’Arte at Arizona State University, Davidson College, UNC Chapel Hill, and the Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. He is currently Associate Head of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches Acting. Scott will join the University of San Diego (Chair/Director of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies) in August.

Musical Director
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Jeffrey Buchsbaum (Musical Director) has Musical Directed Off-Broadway and regionally (20 seasons at Gateway Playhouse), numerous National tours (Titanic, Damn Yankees) and International tours (A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera) and has taught at NYU (5 years) and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (8 years). Jeffrey has been branching out: Directing (National tours of Camelot, Mame, and Phantom of the Opera in Jakarta, Indonesia); film (Assistant Director of Welcome To Harlem, which opened at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and won 12 national film festival awards) and composing (Tupperwise!, a new musical presently in development). Jeffrey is a voice teacher and audition coach in Manhattan.

Choreography
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Meredith Langton (Co-Choreographer) has been dancing since the age of three, and at the age of eight began adapting her favorite children’s stories into theatrical presentations. She has performed at Reagle Music Theatre and Turtle Lane Playhouse, where she co-choreographed and performed in an award winning production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. For several years, she has been choreographer and cast member for the Gold Dust Orphans, performing in Provincetown, Boston, and New York. In that time, the company has won several IRNE and Elliot Norton nominations and awards and was voted “Best Fringe Theater” by Best of Boston. Their productions of Little Orphan Tranny, Pornocchio, Mildred Fierce, and Snow White and the Seven Bottoms have been produced in Boston and off-Broadway. Her favorite project was the Gold Dust Orphan original, Pornocchio, which was nominated for IRNE: Best Choreography. Meredith choreographed Evita (2015) and Mr. Burns (2015) with Cape Rep, and is thrilled to be back for another summer! In addition to choreographing and performing, she currently teaches tap, jazz, and hip hop to students of all ages at Cape Cod Dance Center in Bourne.

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Chelsey Jo Ristaino (Amber Von Tussle/Co-Choreographer) Chelsey is thrilled to be back on the Cape for the summer. Favorite Cape Rep credits include: Next to Normal, Jerusalem, Light in the Piazza, Drood, Funny Girl and Evita. Other credits: The Taffetas (Seven Angels Theater), A Chorus Line, The Spitfire Grill and Closer than Ever. Currently lives in NYC and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University. Love and thanks to the cast and crew, Seton and Mom. Dedicated to Mo.

Set Design
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Edward T. Morris (Set Designer) is happy to join Cape Rep Theatre for the first time. Edward has designed sets for Yale Repertory Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, The Barrow Group, Atlantic Theater Co., Princeton University, Opera Memphis, Infinity Theatre Co., and Columbia Univer- sity. Education: BFA, University of Michigan; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Faculty: at Connecticut College and New School for Drama. Proud member of USA 829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design. EdwardtMorris.com

Costume Design
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Heather McDevitt Barton (Costume Design) is a Brooklyn-based artist, textile maker, and designer. Recent design credits include Salty Brine’s These are the Contents of My Head, Thank U 4 A Funky Time, This One Night at the Opera, How Strange It Is (All TimeOut NY Critic’s Picks), Clown Bar (Pipeline Theatre Company, TimeOut NY Critic’s Pick), El Laurel de Apolo (Repertorio Español), RVSP (Well-Drawn Dog Productions, Best Comedic Short), Breathing in the Rain, Pioneer Species (Columbia University), and The Velveteen Rabbit (Assistant Costume Designer, Atlantic Theatre Company). Her work has been seen with Atlantic Theatre Company, Columbia University, Pipeline Theatre Company, Clarence Brown Theatre, Playwrights Horizon Theatre School, New York University, IRT, and Ars Nova. Heather currently works as resident costume designer for Salty Brine’s “Spectacular Living Record Collection,” Atlantic Theatre Company “Creator Series for Kids,” and for Kaiser’s Room, a non-profit theatre company developed to create theatrical works for children with developmental disorders. She holds two BAs – English Literature and Theatre – from the University of Tennessee.

Lighting Design
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Herrick Goldman (Lighting Design) designs lighting for theater, dance, and other live events. Upcoming projects: Jason Bishop at the The New Victory Theater, City of Conversation at the Delaware Theater Company, and Alice in Wonderland for Pittsburgh Ballet. His work has been seen in New York, Shanghai, Manila, Frankfurt, Australia, Brazil, London, Peru, and Canada. Selected NYC productions: Jasper in Deadland, 50 Shades!, Myths & Hymns, Falling for Eve, Rooms, Godspell, Latin Heat, Flamingo Court, All Is Love, Fearless, and Streakin.’ Favorite designs: Chorus Line (tour), Batboy (Yale), Side Show (Cape Rep). Recently: Television’s Wonderma coming this fall. Herrick was honored with the 1st Redden award for excellence in theatrical design, and nominated for a 2009 Hewes award. He is a recipient of Live Design’s Excellence Award for Theatrical Lighting. HGLD is the design team of record for Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and Times Square, and Christie’s Auction House in NYC. Corporate designs have been seen all over the world for clients that include Rolex and Emirates Air, and his work
may be seen in the feature films Money Monster, The Night Before, and Sisters. This is Herrick’s umpteenth show at Cape Rep, and he is thrilled to be back. A member of USA/IATSE 829, Herrick’s work may be seen at HGLightingDesign.com.

Stage Manager
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Kate Gulden (Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to Cape Rep, having previously stage managed My Name is Asher Lev (2016); Outside Mullingar (2015); One Man, Two Guvnors (2014); 9-Ball (2013) and assistant stage managed Evita (2015) and The Light in the Piazza (2014). Most recently, she assistant stage managed The Chosen and I Hate Hamlet at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT, and stage managed Bartlett Theatre’s inaugural production, The Glass Menagerie in her home state of NC. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts. Favorite credits at Gettysburg include Stage Manager for In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), As You Like It, Bonnie & Clyde; and Director for The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) and Murder by Poe. Kate also serves as head of public relations and managing editor for Sunset Liminal Press and their flagship literary magazine, Sunset Liminal.


Gallery

Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker Focalpoint Studios.


Reviews

Cape Rep’s ‘Hairspray’ exhilarating

“The air is crackling with electricity at Cape Rep, where “Hairspray” packs a small stage with talent as big as the well-coifed ‘do of its star.”  – Kay Keogh, Cape Cod Times

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Shake It to the Sound of HAIRSPRAY at Cape Rep

“Cape Rep really has a triumph on their hands with this production, and it is more than just a show that everyone should get the chance to see: it is more like an extravaganza, as big (no pun intended!) a show as one could hope to see on stage this summer.” – Kristen Morale,  Broadway World

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Dynamic ensemble propels ‘Hairspray’ at Cape Rep in Brewster

Hairspray, the splashy Broadway musical comedy exploding on the stage at Cape Rep Theatre, emits enough high voltage energy to power the Cape.” – Johanna Crosby, The Barnstable Patriot

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Cape Rep Scores With Quirky Hairspray

“Call and get your tickets today; this show is sure to have a sold out run.” – Amy Tagliaferri, Cape Cod Chronicle

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High energy in ‘Hairspray’ at Cape Rep

“If you are looking for a night of pure joyous entertainment, Cape Rep Theatre’s current production of “Hairspray” more than delivers.”Laurie Higgins, The Cape Codder

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