EHS presents the musical 'Hairspray'

Cast members from Effingham High School's production of "Hairspray" playing March 22-25 include front row, from left, Dillion Goeckner, Kaleb Ross, Freddie Lopez, Finley Witges, Kaleb Blake, Jessica Campos, Meredith Kull, Zoe Bridges, Holly Bloemker; second row, Abigail Baez-Patino, Lucas Hanna, Will O'Bryan, Maria Dust, Kaylie Allred, Claire Webb, Noah Mulheron, Jacob Swan, Maddie Davidson, Brandon Marschewski, Sarah LeMar, Olivia Fritcher, Laurel Hirtzel, Adam Gharst, Clare Waymoth; third row, Caralee Hayes, Makayla Allie, Olivia Stanfield, Keira Hirtzel, Mazey Heuerman, Erin Browne, Isabella Munoz, Lali Hoyos, Tristan Jones, Kourtney Cordes, Laney Osborn, Marissa Longrenn, Kaylee Phillips, Macey Williamson; fourth row, Alaina Tate, Jonathon Coffin, Eli Wilson, Chuck Westendorf, Cecelia Catillo, Callista Denoyer, Juanita Barker, JP Crowell, Noah McCammon, Collin Baker, Austin Hagen, Shannon Hinkle; and fifth row, Christian Dison, Kurt Roberts, Austin Zumbahlen, Ashton Baker and Jackson Jorn.

Effingham High School will be presenting the musical “Hairspray” March 22-25 in the EHS Hearts Rock Cafe.

Newer on the list of Broadway musicals, “Hairspray” won seven Tony Awards during the 2003 Awards Season.

EHS Director Shannon Hinkle choose the show to challenge her students, not only with the fast-paced nature of the show and its 15 dance numbers, but also to have a voice in presenting very meaningful themes to the audience.

Originally written as a show for a racially diverse group of actors, the playwrights, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, along with lyricists Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, have been vocal in appreciating that not all schools across the U.S. and other countries have diverse student populations, and therefore, see the show as an opportunity for all students to promote the poignant themes of the show.

The cast, crew and production team invite you to their performances during production week. While each year’s cast, crew and production team work exceptionally hard to present quality entertainment to their audiences, this year is even more important to the cast because they are dedicating their shows to one of their cast members currently waging a battle against a rare form of childhood cancer.

Tickets are on sale outside the EHS school office before school 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., during lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., after school 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., outside the high school office. If tickets remain, they also will be available at the door.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Some tickets might still be available at the door. Show days are Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.

The cast and crew is comprised of 60 high school students.

The cast for "Hairspray" includes Erin Browne, Isabella Munoz, Collin Baker, Noah McCammon, Will O’Bryan, Caralee Hayes, Keira Hirtzel, Claire Webb, Kaylie Allred, Meredith Kull, Jacob Swan, Brandon Marschewski, Noah Mulheron, Makayla Allie, Lali Hoyos, Olivia Stanfield, Kaleb Blake, Austin Hagen, Zoe Bridges, Tristan Jones, Jonathon Coffin, Mitchell Coffin, Dillion Goeckner, Kourtney Cordes, Sara LeMar, Freddie Lopez, Cecelia Castillo, Jessica Campos, Juanita Barker, Olivia Fritcher, Callista Denoyer, Kaylee Phillips, Maria Dust, Laney Osborne, Somer Evans, Christian Dison, Chuck Westendorf, Holly Bloemker, Laurel Hirtzel, Clare Waymoth, Mazey Heuerman, Marissa Lonngren, Alainna Tate, Macey Williamson, Adam Gharst, Mr. Kurt Roberts, and Finley Witges (Danny Hortenstine, understudy).

Crew members are J.P. Crowell, Tommy Hortenstein, Jackson Jorn, Eli Wilson, Maddie Davidson, Ashton Baker, Kaleb Ross, Lucas Hanna, Austin Zumbahlen, Cole Stanfield, Abigail Baez-Patino. The Production team includes Shannon Hinkle, Director; Michael Lambton, Vocal Director; Jim Borrelli, Set Designer and Set Construction Crew Chief; Deb Price, Rehearsal Pianist; and Shae Thoele and Traci Riley, choreographers. Student assistant to the director is Kat Blickem.

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