Hairspray, Jr. is sponsored by Troy Kantner – of Solve IT Solutions in Wyomissing – The Kantner family, and the Genesius 2019 Season Sponsor is Sweet Street Desserts – Sandy Solmon & Doug Messinger.
READING, PENNSYLVANIA – GENESIUS THEATRE – Get your frug, pony and twist on as Reading’s Genesius Theatre presents the wonderful Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray, Jr. with Genesius’ talented kids – ages 6 to 14 years old - March 8 thru17, Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. The Genesius Music Theatre International Jr., production is directed by Dara Himes, music directed by Jenniferchoreographed by Jericho Joy, teen assistant choreographer – Andrew Bausher, and stage managed by Ashley Calderon.
The full version Hairspray, was winner of eight Tony awards, including Best Musical 2003, takes audiences back to 1962’s Baltimore, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with even bigger hair and an even BIGGER heart and love of dance, wins the chance to perform on the local TV teen dance program, The Corny Collins Show. Tracy becomes an overnight dancing sensation, but still wonders if she can vanquish both the show’s reigning dance princess, win the love of the show’s resident heartthrob, and help integrate a television show where African American dancers are relegated to their own “separate but not quite equal” show (which has better dancers AND music). The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray JR. is the family-friendly musical adaptation piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.
It's 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream — to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable.
Hairspray is based on the 1998 movie written and directed by John Walters, which starred Ricki Lake as Tracy and Baltimore’s own icon of bad-taste cinema, “Divine” as Edna. The 2007 film version of Hairspray starred John Travolta as Edna and Nikki Blonsky as Tracy.
Tracy Turnblad: Sophia Ottinger
Corny Collins: Rocky Rochlin
Edna Turnblad: Sedona Loose
Penny Pingleton: Madelyn Suppa
Amber Von Tussle: Bridget Ottinger
Link Larkin: Baylor Kobularcik
Seaweed J. Stubbs: Dejan Merrow
Little Inez J. Stubbs: Adrianna Murren
Motormouth Maybelle: Danielle Russell
Velma Von Tussle: Michaela Burkey
Prudy Pingleton: Kathryn Kreska
Wilbur Turnblad: Luke Bennethum
Genesius’ production of Hairspray, Jr. opens Friday, March 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. each night. Matinee performances are offered at 3 p.m. on two Sundays, March 10 and 17. Tickets are: run between $15 and $20.00 and can be purchased online Show Run Time – Approximately 1 hour. www.genesiusdifference.org; or call 610-373-9500 card fees apply. Tickets also available at the door. The play is rated G.
Genesius Theatre is a Performance Venue that specializes in Musical Theatre with professional live orchestras. Genesius performs 10 productions annually, 3 of which feature kids / teens exclusively. The theatre also doubles as a learning center offering summer theatre classes annually. Genesius offers state of the art lighting and modern effects. You will feel immersed in their up-close atmosphere of the performances; the true “Genesius Difference”.
As a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization, Genesius relies on generous donations within the community from people like you. We trust in the power of this inspiring & dynamic medium to transform the artists who create it, the audiences who enjoy it, and the patrons who support it.