HairsprayBased on the film by John Waters
Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
It’s 1962 - the ‘50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - to dance.
She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do?
A big splashy musical
James Michael Avance
Jeffrey Johnson II
Sarah Joy Ledtke*
Melvin Brandon Logan*
Kristopher Stanley Ward*
D.C. ANDERSON Broadway/Off Broadway: ‘Andre’ - The Phantom of the Opera (also tour), ‘Mallardo’/’Rudetsky’ - Queen of the Mist, ‘Mayor Mickey Mulligan’ - Storyville. Tours: ‘Judge Coras’ - Martin Guerre, ‘Pippin’ - Pippin, ‘Paris’ - The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Regional: Steppenwolf, Great Lakes Shakespeare, Goodspeed, Guthrie. A songwriter with 9 CD recordings (iTunes, Amazon etc.), additionally produced two benefit CD’s - Cabaret Noel (Broadway Cares) and In My Room (National Multiple Sclerosis Society). Hobby: photography. www.dcanderson.net.
JAMES MICHAEL AVANCE is thrilled to be making his Florida Studio & Hairspray debut with this crazy talented cast. James has a B.M in musical theatre from The University of Central Oklahoma. National/International Tours: The Addams Family Musical (Ancestor/Lucas U.S) Off Broadway: The Love Note (Airy) Favorite Regional Credits Include: Altar Boyz, Directed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Mark), Oklahoma w/Kelli O’Hara (Ensemble), The Little Mermaid w/Emily Skinner (Jetsam), Spamalot (Herbert), Carousel w/Shirley Jones.
DANE BECKER is ecstatic to be making his debut at Florida Studio Theatre. Past credits include Band Geeks!, Showbiz Tonight, Carrie, Into The Woods, Chess and The Civil War. TV/Film: Deadly Affairs, The Following and Why. He has also done work for Disney, Publix, and Bealls. Dane is a proud graduate of CCM and member of SAG/AFTRA.
PATRICK CONNAGHAN is pleased as punch to be joining FST for the winter season! A recent graduate of Western Michigan University, he now calls NYC home although home really lies somewhere in the Midwest between Chicago and Milwaukee. Favorites include Corny (Hairspray), Fred (Kiss Me, Kate), Roger (Rent), Adam (Children of Eden), Vittorio (Sweet Charity), Skip (Life Could be a Dream), Giuseppe (The Light in the Piazza) and any show where he can grow a mustache.
HEATHER DIBIANCO is thrilled to join the FST Hairspray family as a Dynamite, a role she once played 3 years ago on the Tampa regional stage. She recently returned from Japan, where she performed at Tokyo Disney Resort for two years as Blues singer in the celebrated swing revue Big Band Beat. Other favorite roles include Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Julie La Verne in Showboat (NY). She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
JENNIFER FOUCHÉ is a member of the critically acclaimed Amoralists Theatre Company and former member of The Bats. Some credits: Hamlet (Shakespeare in Bryant Park) Portraits (Prospect Theatre Company), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Cape Playhouse), Kaspar Hauser (The Flea Theatre), Hairspray (Gateway Playhouse), Julius Caesar (Hudson Shakespeare Company), Freedom Train (National Tour), Babes In Toyland (Lincoln Center), Amerissiah (The Amoralists), Mme. Walker & The Divine Dream (NYMF). Television: Animal Planet, SMASH. Currently starring in SISTAS: The Musical! Off Broadway. www.jenniferfouche.com
STEPHEN HOPE After FST’s successful run of Too Darn Hot last season, Stephen performed in The Truing for Fringe 2014. New York performances include Broadway’s The Scarlet Pimpernel and the original Joseph...Dreamcoat, Off-Broadway’s Ascension, Fairy Tales, Civil War Voices (MITF Award) and Dames At Sea. A few favorite regional credits are leading roles in Barnum, My One And Only (Barrymore nod), The Exonerated, Ruthless! (both at FST with Herald-Tribune and Sarasota Magazine nods), A Tuna Christmas, and Apartment 3A.
KATHRYN HUXTABLE is thrilled to be making her Florida Studio Theatre debut in Hairspray. She recently graduated from the University of Tampa with a B.A. in Musical Theatre and can be seen dancing in various shows at Busch Gardens Tampa. Recent credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (University of Tampa), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (University of Tampa), and The Wild Party (University of Tampa).
JEFFREY JOHNSON II is proud to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut! Regional credits include: Joseph...Dreamcoat (Judah), Dreamgirls (Curtis), HAIR (Hud), The Color Purple (Jawbone), To Kill A Mockingbird (Reverend Sykes) and Arkansas Rep’s recent revival of Pal Joey (Jerry/Robert). Jeffrey is a graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma.
SARAH JOY LEDTKE is thrilled to be making her FST debut. Though Sarah never held the title of “Miss Baltimore Crabs”, she was “Miss Lighthouse Coast” in her native Michigan, which hopefully gave her some practice! Favorite Regional: Legally Blonde (Elle), Annie (Lily St. Regis), A Funny Thing…Forum (Philia), 42nd Street (Peggy), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), Smokey Joe’s Café (DeLee), White Christmas (Judy). NYC: Smile (Sandra-Kay). www.sarahledtkemccann.com
MELVIN BRANDON LOGAN is pumped to be returning to this amazing show here in sunny Sarasota! He also appeared in Hairspray at the St. Louis MUNY and at the Arvada Center in Denver. Favorite credits include: Once on this Island (Marriott Theatre), Big River (Olney Theater Center), and the new musical Rocket Science (American Theater Group). Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
GREG LONDON National tours: West Side Story (Doc), Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar), A Streetcar Named Desire (Mitch). International tours: Hairspray, The Fantastics. Off-Broadway: Spurn. Regional: Richard III (Richard), Macbeth (Macbeth), Greater Tuna (Thurston), Assassins (Czolgosz), Annie (Warbucks). Greg was the 2006 recipient of the Eugene O’Neill Award for Dramatic Writing.
ALAINA MILLS is thrilled to be making her FST debut! Off-Broadway: Peg in Peg O’ My Heart. Regional: Hildy in On The Town (Merry-Go-Round); Erma in Anything Goes (Northshore MT); Elf (TUTS); Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate and Elizabeth Benning in Young Frankenstein (Weathervane Rep); Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty (ETC); Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Carnegie Center). Proud CCM Alum.
JOE MOELLER is overjoyed to be working with this incredible cast here at FST! He was last seen in Mamma Mia, Las Vegas and on tour with Mary Poppins. He’s been seen at theaters including North Shore MT, Marriott Theatre, Cape Playhouse, and Westchester Broadway. Training: CCM Musical Theater. Proud member AEA.
LINDSAY NANTZ is excited to be making her Florida Studio Theatre debut as Checkerboard Chick Penny Pingleton. Graduate of USF. Credits include: Les Miserables (Cosette), Hairspray (Penny), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), 9 to 5 (Doralee), The Sound of Music (Maria), Merrily We Roll Along (Beth), Rent (Mark’s Mom), The Producers (Usherette), Showboat, The Drowsy Chaperone & 42nd Street. www.LindsayNantz.com
TAVIA RIVEÉ is thrilled to be reprising the role of Lil Inez after recently performing in Hairspray on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas! Previous credits include: A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden (Grace Smythe), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), All Shook Up (Lorraine), Disney’s Aladdin (Narrator U/S), Disney’s Believe (Sophia), St. Louis Woman at City Center with Vanessa Williams (Celeste). TV Credits include: Law & Order, Cosby, Disappearing Acts (HBO).
STACEY SCOTTE was last seen at FST in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Off-Broadway: Strictly Personal; Eat the Runt; Boobs! The Musical. Regional highlights: Ruthless! (FST); A Marriage Minuet (FST); August: Osage County (Florida Rep); Becky’s New Car (Penobscot Theatre Company, ME); Absurd Person Singular (Florida Rep); Company (Florida Rep). TV: 30 Rock; The Practice; Unsolved Mysteries. Film: Julie & Julia; Me & Will. Stacey also works as a “standardized patient” for Mt. Sinai in NYC.
BROOKE SHAPIRO is excited to be making her FST debut! Regional Credits include: Grease (Jan) – North Shore Music Theatre, Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde) & Princesses: A New Rock Musical – Goodspeed Musicals, Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad) – Gateway Playhouse & ZACH Theatre. BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School. “You are enough.”
SAVANNAH SINCLAIR is ecstatic to make her FST debut! She is a junior in Booker High School’s theater program and enjoys performing and choreographing for Spotlight Kids. Her favorite productions include Joseph....Dreamcoat (Narrator), Starmites (Eleanor), Annie (Lily St. Regis), and Godspell.
JENNIFER THERIOT is ecstatic to be apart of Florida Studio Theatre’s production of Hairspray. She grew up in Maryland and branched out to NYC for college where she attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Some of her credits are Ragtime (Sarah’s friend), Disney Cruise Lines; Xanadu (Erato), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal). “I really enjoy bringing the audience out of their reality and into another for that hour or so. It’s kind of what keeps me going. That and Netflix.”
KRISTOPHER STANLEY WARD is thrilled to be part of this company! National Tours: Shrek The Musical (Papa Bear/Donkey Understudy), Sesame Street Live (Telly Monster). Some regional credits: New Bedford Theatre: Hairspray (Seaweed). Forestburgh Playhouse: A Chorus Line (Richie/Dance Captain), Fame (Tyrone), Singin’ In the Rain (Ensemble/Dance Captain). Stages Repertory Theatre: Xanadu (Ensemble/Dance Captain). Theatre Under the Stars: Les Miserables & Hairspray (Ensemble). Westchester Broadway Theatre: Hairspray (Ensemble/Seaweed Understudy). Training: SHSU Musical Theater.
Conductor/Piano | David Truskinoff
Saxophone | Tom Ellison & Greg Amos
Bass Guitar | Michael Dempsey
Drums | Bobby Ryan & Tony Bruno
Director/Choreographer | Richard Stafford
Music Director | David Truskinoff
Production Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
Assistant Stage Manager | Rebekah Small*
Scenic Designers | Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Coordinator | Nicole Wee
Lighting Designer | Mike Foster
Sound Designer | Ryan Kilcourse
Costume Designers | Michael Bottari & Ronald Case
Wig Designer | Gerard Kelly
*Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.