Hairspray performs for sold out audiences

Hairspray performs for sold out audiences

The musical “Hairspray” was performed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and twice Sunday for Campbellsville’s Homecoming weekend.

The musical was also performed the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Hodgenville.

According to the director, Starr Garrett, this is the first time the theater has sold out that many shows.

Both the Thursday and Friday showing during Homecoming were completely sold out three days in advance.

Haley Carmen, a sophomore, said she bought her tickets a week early.

Even senior Dakota Rogers, who played Corny Collins, said, “I almost didn’t get my parents tickets.”

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday of Homecoming were sold out by Friday afternoon. By early Saturday morning, the producers decided to add one more performance for Sunday night.

“Hairspray” is the story of Tracy Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager, who gets a spot on a popular dance show and believes in integration in 1962 Baltimore.

“The show is so iconic, everyone knows it,” Singrid Tipton, who played Turnblad, said. “There’s a lot of pressure living up to it.”

Production on “Hairspray” started the first week of classes with auditions beginning the first Monday.

The cast practiced six days a week, approximately 30 hours a week, with Saturday being 12-hour dance days, according to Rogers. All that work and effort came down to opening night which was sold out with a waiting list.

“It was crazy to turn around and see the entire theater full,” Rogers said. “I could feel the energy before I turned around. It was the best opening I’ve been a part of.”

The group was full of laughter and joy the following day, fielding calls the entire time commenting that they were completely sold out for the shows.

Not only did CU students take on the roles for “Hairspray,” but there were a few high school and middle school students included.

“They keep up,” Rogers said.

Many in the cast have been acting, practically since birth. Tipton said laughingly that she “came out belting.”

Sophomore Mary Kate Young said she was “super pumped” to watch the performance.

Four-year-old Haiden Russell was on the front row for a performance and sat in her mother, Delaina’s lap. She told her mother that she “liked girl’s night.”

After the intermission Delaina said, “Haiden was really excited when I told her we needed to go back in, asking ‘there’s more?’”

The praise continued for CU’s production of “Hairspray” after the show.

The crowd gathered in front of Russ Mobley Theater after the show to congratulate all the actors and to discuss what they thought of the show.

“It was really good, I want to watch it (the movie version) now,” Erin Benton, a sophomore, said.

Garrett said, “It’s been great; everyone had been really supportive.”

Leads in the play were: Singrid Tipton of Lawrenceburg, Ky. as Tracy Turnblad; Dakota Rogers of Harrodsburg, Ky. as Corny Collins; Lane French as Link Larkin; Sarah Porter of Harrodsburg, Ky. as Motormouth Maybelle; Joshua Percell of Campbellsville, Ky. as Seaweed; Michael Jennings of Edmonton, Ky. as Edna Turnblad; Zachary Wilson of Campbellsville, Ky. as Wilburn Turnblad; Lacy Mudd of Campbellsville, Ky. as Velma Von Tussle; Megan Kist of Radcliff, Ky. as Amber Von Tussle; and Holly Hammons of Danville, Ky. as Penny Pingleton.

Other cast members were: Lydia Bennett as Lydia; Suzanne M. Bennett as principal, matron, gym teacher and police officer; Chloe Benningfield as Shelly’s mom; Detrick Briggs of Campbellsville, Ky. as Gilbert; Rebekah DeVore of Louisville, Ky. as LouAnn; Brittany Downey as Tammy’s mom; David Emerson of Dunnville, Ky. as Spritzer; Bre’Shawna Gibson of Rineyville, Ky. as Cindy Watkins; Megan Hill of Springfield, Ky. as Pink’s staff; Blair Lamb as Sue (Shelly); Alia McClendon of Radcliff, Ky. as Little Inez; Jordan Moran as LouAnn’s mom; Michaela Parker of Oak Grove, Ky. as Lorraine; Reagan Pollock as Pam; Peter Randles of Radcliff, Ky. as Stewie; Zoi Rattliff of Greensburg, Ky. as Prudy Pingleton; Robert Ian Shepard of Somerset, Ky. as Mr. Pinky; Don Smith of Campbellsville, Ky. as Guard; Vanessa Vale as Beatnik Chick; Natalie Warren as Brenda; Steven Yospur of Friendswood, Texas as Pinky’s staff; and other characters portrayed by: Rhaven Dunn of Lexington, Ky.; Callie Parrott; and Allen Scruggs of Valsosta, Ga.

Crew members were: Nathan Cahall of Oneida, Ky., props manager; Jennifer Coffey of Louisville, Ky., runner; Anne Costa of Somerset, Ky., costume manager; Katy Doolin of Lancaster, Ky., sound; Tori Lepage of Campbellsville, Ky., hair/ makeup; Matt Lewis of Mayfield, Ky., lighting operator; Jordan McMurray of Greenwood, Ind., box office manager; Becca Noel of Bardstown, Ky., assistant stage manager; Edwina Rowell of Campbellsville, Ky., costumes; and Candace Shay Thomas of Harrodsburg, Ky., stage manager.

The theater’s spring production will be “Much Ado About Nothing.”

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