Archive for Monday, March 17, 2014

Tonganoxie Middle School’s ‘Hairspray Jr.’ attracts large crowds

March 17, 2014

Tonganoxie Middle School’s “Hairspray Jr.” played to large crowds earlier this month, something director Debbie Holloway said the student actors really noticed.

“This group of students worked so very hard on this production and hopefully it showed in their enthusiastic singing and dancing for our audiences,” Holloway said. “I know that we pushed them to do their very best and hope they learned more about the theater as well.

“We enjoyed this group of students so much and hope to continue the tradition of putting together good shows and letting young people showcase their talents.”

TMS staged the musical March 7-9 at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.

Grace Wogomon played the role of Tracy, while Gabe Dutton played her mother, Edna, and Sam Sigourney played the part of Link.

Other cast members were: Stephen Arguijo as Corny Collins; Mia Bond, Penny; Reagann Bennett, Velma; Hanna Kobe, Amber; Desmond Battle, Seaweed; Maureen Wetta, Little Inez; Lauren Willson, Motormouth; Erin Colacicco, Prudy; Trey Lewallen, Brad; Meron Hayden, Tammy; Garrett Eason, Fender; Adam DeMaranville, Sketch; EmilyRose Rausch, Shelley; Salem Clemens, IQ; Delaney Spellman, Brenda; Payton Lynn, Lou Ann; Gage Smith, Wilbur; Gabby Crockett, principal; Summer Keagle, Lorraine; Trey Lewallen, Gilbert; Adam DeMaranville, Mr. Pinky; Allison Williams, Lauren Gaskey and Anja Bartels as the Dynamites; Anna Edmonds, gym teacher; Katie Arguijo, Cindy Watkins; Faith Creten, Matron; Brittany Ancil, Beatnik chick; Salem Clemens, newscaster; and Allison Fosdick, Summer Keagle, Katie Arugijo, Gabby Crockett, Amber Adcox, Shailea Freemyer, Faith Creten, Julia Westrich, Anna Edmonds, Brittany Ancil, Abby Fletcher and Halie Baldwin as the ensemble.

Liz Higbee (choreograpy), Cassie Donahey (technical), Kimberlyn Angelo (music) and Jacob Linnell (lights and sound) also served as directors.

The well-known musical takes place in 1962 Baltimore.

Holloway said the directors took time to try to teach students about the historical importance of the era in regards to civil rights, acceptance of people, peer pressure and teenage rebellion.

Students serving as technical crew were stage managers Brenna Bigge and Cameron Renne, sound crew Ethan Sandburg and Emmett Keene, lighting crew Sierra Staetz and Simon Stevens. Savannah Adams, Kay McKenzie, Blake Phillips, Samantha Koch, Madeline Bahelor, Braxton Shupe, Gabe Jones, Josie Vestal, Kacie Wyrick and Mya Hurley.

Though Holloway didn’t have official attendance numbers, she said crowds were thick.

“The singing was outstanding for a middle school and the sets, scenery and lighting as always looked fabulous,” Holloway said.

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