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CU to perform ‘Hairspray’

Oct. 3, 2012
For Immediate Release

By Tanner Royalty, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— Hairspray the musical is to be presented by Campbellsville University’s theater department for Homecoming 2012 at Campbellsville University in the Russ Mobley Theater in the Alumni Building, located at 114 University Drive, Campbellsville.

Admission is $5, and it can be seen Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.

The Department of Theater is also presenting the play at the Hodgenville Civic Center in Hodgenville at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 28. The Hodgenville Civic Center is located at 200 S. Lincoln Boulevard, Hodgenville.

The play is set in Baltimore in 1962 when teenagers Tracy Turnblad and her friend Penny Pingleton are watching the Corny Collins show, much to Tracy’s mother Edna’s dismay.

After one of the stars of the show leaves, the chance to audition to dance on the show arrives, and Tracy quickly takes the opportunity. With the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussel and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it’s not fair that the African-American children can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of her friends and family she is going to integrate the show.

Leads in the play are: 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 VonTussel; Meagan Kist of Radcliff, Ky. as Amber VonTussel; and Holly Hammons of Danville, Ky. as Penny Pingleton.

Other cast members are: 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 Polluck 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 are: 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.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is