WHO: Possum Point Players
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 2 & 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 & 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4 & 11 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Possum Hall
441 Old Laurel Road
Using performers from Southern Delaware and Maryland, Director Michael J. Murnin says this performance is a period piece. Known as a big and bold musical about a girl’s inspiring dream to dance, this family-friendly musical is piled bouffant high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.
“We are really trying to stress the desegregation of the community that happened at the time,” Murnin said. “Although we have made great strides with it, we still have a ways to go which is why this performance is relevant today, we’re not there yet but we’re on the way.”
The performance is set in 1962 in Baltimore, Md., and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has a dream to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When this dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her hairdo.
Murnin says this performance focuses more on the 1988 film Hairspray by John Waters.
“The Broadway show had a lot of glitz, this performance still has a lot of glitz but we’ve gone back to the John Water’s film and really strive to go back to the original view of it all,” Murnin said.
A lot of people are very familiar with the movie and Murnin says the same people who wrote music for the movie rewrote some of the music in this performance. Murnin also noted that people will recognize parts of the movie in this performance of the original stage production.
The Possum Point Players’ performance begins Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and will run until Sunday Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. on weekends.
“The tickets are selling very briskly and we are well over 3/4 full,” Murnin said. “If the shows are filling up, we have entertained adding additional performances.”
Murnin mentions the cast members have a lot of community theater and professional experience, and a lot have worked with Clearspace Theatre in Rehoboth Beach, Del. over the years.
“We have a very seasoned cast and the young people have been trained in the theater schools locally,” Murnin said.
Tracy Turnblad… Lorraine Steinhoff
Corny Collins… Mike Mahaffie
Edna… Jerry Birl
Penny Pingleton… Ally Ibach
Velma Von Tussle… Donna de Kuyper
Amber Von Tussle… Abby Thornberg
Link Larkin… Alex Ferree
Seaweed J. Stubbs… Jeremy “J.D.” Rodgers
Little Inez… Geria Sturgis
Motormouth Maybelle… Dulcina Kemmerlin
Wilbur Turnblad… John Zinzi
Prudy Pingleton / Gym Teacher / Matron… Sherry Fraser
Mr. Pinky / Principal / Harriman F. Spritzer / Guard… Daniel Carney
Duane… Ahkeem Waples
Lorraine… Naedo Okoye
Kamilah… Lillian Blake
Cindy Watkins… Rosa C. Barnes
Shayna… Baleigh Lambert
Judine… Sarah Aleman
Hooker… Marsha Shull
Tammy… Abbey Ruark
Brad… Jayson Felker
Fender… Danny Keenan
Brenda… Megan Hudson
Wendy… Elizabeth Holz
Sketch… William Benjamin Dorey
Shelly… Isabella Robinson
IQ… Devon Spencer Lynch
Lou Ann… Maddie Betts
Stretch… Chris Jones
Betty… Kyra Cutsail
Jimmy… Dominic Vincent Anthony
Janet… Kerinne Walls
The Production Team
Director… Michael Murnin
Musical Director… Melanie Bradley
Choreographer… Deni Whelan Robinson
Assistant Choreographer… Megan Hudson
Stage Manager… Nina Galerstein
Assistant to the Director… Kori Lewandowski
Technical Director… Doug Friend
Scenic Artist… Kim Klabe
Costumes… Marsha Shull
Props… Donna Flomp
Set Design… Logan Lynch
Lighting Design… Jim Debastiani
Lighting… Jeff Clavette
Sound… Michael Phillips
Hair… Sherry Fraser
Makeup… Beth Howlett & Pat Hudson
Publicity… Rosanne Pack
PPP Exec. Administrator…Dawn Conaway