Episcopal School students staged “Hairspray” on April 21-24, singing and dancing through 18 musical numbers and donning iconic 1960s costumes.
The play was held in the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Center under the director of Episcopal faculty member Paige Gagliano. Music director was Paul Taranto and Carter Smith served as assistant musical director. Christine Chrest was the choreographer, Louis Gagliano was in charge of lighting and set design, Kristen Kirschner handled costumes and Lewis Rhodes led sound design.
Mckenzie Dorris took on the lead role of Tracy Turnblad and Erin Rynes portrayed Edna Turnblad, the role played by John Travolta in the 2007 remake of the 1988 comedy movie, which was staged on Broadway in 2002.
The role of Wilbur Turnblad was played by Jack Bowman and Sicily Wafer played Penny Lou Pingleton. Also starring in the play were Lauren Scott, Katherine Ann Andreeff, Amani Miller, Jim Conklin, Eli Haymon and Jeremiah Mayes.