Hairspray Sets The Bar Higher

Tyler Zeoli as Edna Turnblad, took on one of his most challenging roles to standing ovations.
Tyler Zeoli as Edna Turnblad, took on one of his most challenging roles to standing ovations.
Ifedayo Balogun, playing the role of Motormouth Maybelle, put her talent front and center in the song ‘Big, Blonde And Beautiful.’
Ifedayo Balogun, playing the role of Motormouth Maybelle, put her talent front and center in the song ‘Big, Blonde And Beautiful.’
Prudy Pingleton, played by Megan Montemurro (left), and daughter Penny, played by Pam Carey, go back-and-forth in ‘Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now.’
Prudy Pingleton, played by Megan Montemurro (left), and daughter Penny, played by Pam Carey, go back-and-forth in ‘Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now.’
Corny Collins, played by Marco Chiriboga, leads an all-star cast of talented ladies in ‘The Nicest Kids In Town.’
Corny Collins, played by Marco Chiriboga, leads an all-star cast of talented ladies in ‘The Nicest Kids In Town.’
Julio Taku (left) steps  into the spotlight. Teaming up with Patrec Alexander Jones Brown for several song/dance numbers, this was Julio’s first big role on Whitman’s Center Stage.
Julio Taku (left) steps into the spotlight. Teaming up with Patrec Alexander Jones Brown for several song/dance numbers, this was Julio’s first big role on Whitman’s Center Stage.

Just when you think you’ve seen the best high school musical production ever, along comes the next year of incredibly talented students, and they set the bar even higher. If you were one of the lucky ones to get a ticket to this past weekend’s Center Stage production of ‘Hairspray,’ you probably walked away amazed at the talent residing within our district.

From the opening number ‘Good Morning Baltimore,’ and the ageless ‘Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now,’ the South Huntington cast left it all on the stage. Ifedayo Balogun’s rendition of ‘Big, Blonde And Beautiful,’ was nothing short of spectacular, and Tyler Zeoli and Delaney Guiliano could not have been better in the always touching  ‘You’re Timeless To Me.’ Lauren Giglio in the lead role nailed it, pairing perfectly with Sam Hoffman’s Link Larkin.  Mother-daughter teams Caitlin Dermody and Samantha Ruotolo, along with Megan Montemurro and Pam Carey, stirred things up in 1960’s Baltimore as the times were changing, and you ‘Cant Stop The Beat.’

The Pit Orchestra led by Allan Deitz set the perfect tone, and our sound, lighting and backstage crew executed flawlessly. A big thanks to director Susan Turner Radin, who continues to push for the best, and if ‘Hairspray’ was any indication, she achieved her goal.

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Cast: Lauren Giglio, Marco Chiriboga, Tyler Zeoli, Pam Carey, Caitlin Dermody, Sam Ruotolo, Sam Hoffman, Julio Taku, Addie Balogun, Ifedayo Balogun, Delaney Guiliano, Megan Montemurro, Carlos Villatoro, Leah Cozart, Mr. Joseph Claps, Mr. Brian Dreher, Shealyn Naughton, Patrec Alexander Jones Brown, Shadae Graham, Jayda Rosene, Mr. John Murphy, April Carmine, Max Fisher, Summer Levinsky, Colin Budzitowski, Deanna Tabibzada, Alex Siegel, Max Morris, Samantha Carey, Mr. Jon Varlamos, Quinlan Sellars, Mrs. Colleen Grady, Dr. Scott Muller, Miss Melissa Scafa

Ensemble: Vocals: Taninna Oukacine, Katie Clark, Sam Hartig, Melissa Konokali, Amy Chan, Sofie Hibler, Michael Pinelli, Brianna Ruotolo, Keara Shea, Quinlan Sellars

Dancers: Trevor Gunderson, Gary Cisneros, Franklin Clase, Kelsey McDonald, Madison Repetti, Caroline Tomaselli, Taylor Greco, Jenna Kilkenny, Rachel Kilkenny, Sonia Bartolomeo, Lizzie Mercurio, Mavia Ashraf, Pam Pulvirenti.

Pit Orchestra-Conductor/Music Director/Keyboard I Allan Deitz, Paige Tortorice, Jillian Leydon, Matt Cusumano, David Grey, Derek Lap, Isaac Renderos, Matt Haddock, Jefferson Hector, Matt Kaputa, Brittany White, Alec Gonzalez, Brenda Mendez, James Reilly, Cozzette Brazeau, Jaycee Cardoso, Quinn Cortese, Sarah Tabibzada, Abie Yaeger, Kentaro Matshushima, Margaret Pigliacelli, Keya Bartolomeo, Mike Readinger, Max Eidinoff, Nick Miata, Alex Gallina, Robby Deitz, Jillian Leydon, Umaimah Saleemi

Backstage Crew: Amina Sadiq, Kamrin Haynes, Mollie Korn, Nick McNulty, Jessica Delaney, Josh Berger, Saskia Dormeus, Zoey Bianco, Mariela Suarez, Erika Rivas, Samson Grimm, Ben Barton, Joseph Miraglia, Dan Abruzese

Set Decorating: Ben Barton, Mariela Canales, Jessica Delaney, Saskia Dormeus, Zoey Guiliano, Mollie Korn, Adrianna Padinha, Erika Rivas, Jared Saget, Leanna Vergis

Lighting Crew: Sean Conklin, Brittany Roche, Leanna Vergis, Lina Weingarten

Sound: Hans Bas, Michael DiMaulo, Mariela Canales

Makeup and Hair Design: Haley Tract, Sabrina Greenberg, Leila Ozkiral, Alexis Cummings, Tina O’Donnel, Jessica Menditto, Julie Prisco.