Hairspray Jr. (2017)

Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters


Four performances of Hairspray Jr. were held on December 1-3, 2017 in the Hosch Theater on the Brenau University campus (429 Academy St. NE, Gainesville, GA).

Graphic Artwork: David Heslin

2018 Junior Theater Festival - Excellence In Dance!

The Play On Players cast of Hairspray Jr. won the "Excellence In Dance" award at the annual Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA (January 12-14, 2018).

119 theatre groups from six countries attended JTF 2018 (5800 people)!

Congratulations to all of our award winners at JTF 2018!

Excellence In Dance: Play On Players

Excellent Individual Performance by a Female: Halli Rider

All Star Cast: Shanden Vance, Logan Wallace

Choreography DVD callbacks: Alecxander Wilson, Jonathan Marciniak, Madison Crews, Morgan Sauer, Cat Peets

Watch the team's adjudication performance

JTF Broadway Sing-a-long!

Eight Play On Players and Petite Poppers cast members were also chosen to present a special Broadway sing-a-long at JTF 2018. They performed songs from multiple productions for nearly 6,000 festival attendees!

Jared Guerrasio, Shandon Vance, Asa Chastain, Reece Moseley
Halle MacPherson, Halli Rider, Kayna Adams, Annie Cobb

Hairspray Jr. Production Team and Crew

Director:Allen Story
Music Director:Bruce Sellers
Choreographer:Precious West
Stage Manager:Heidi Rider
Set Design:Deangela Chastain
Set Engineer:Paul Goebel
Costumes:Jody Key
Wig Master:Allen Story
Lighting Design:Grant Key
Sound Design:Eric Sturges
Assistant Stage Managers:Kaitlin Gentry, Morgan Coolick
Assistant Choreographer:Kaitlin Gentry
Dance Captain:Cat Peets
Run Crew Chief:Asa Chastain
Set Building & Moving Crew:Asa Chastain, Deangela Chastain, Paul Goebel, Miriam Chastain, Carson Greene, Roland Chastain, Jubilee Chastain, Sallie Jackson, Skyler Sultan, Jackson Greene, John Greene, Dan Berg, Tom Dickey, Pete Cannizzaro
Sound Crew:Eric Sturges, Katie Doyle, Toni Hill, Katie Leveille, Nick Thompson
Costume Crew:Jody Key, Renee Dickey, Earline Sturges, Nadia Rideout, Jubilee Chastain
Wigs Crew:Leslie Gutierrez, Katherine Cook
Lighting Crew:Grant Key, Dylan O'Donnell, Jody Key, Carolina Fredrick
Backstage Crew:Joshua Melay, Skylar Sultan, Kaylan Hopewell
Rehearsal Assistance & Marketing:Patti Lyn Adams, Terri Rider, Alana Greene, Jody Key, Dan Berg, Sallie Jackson

Cast of Hairspray Jr.

Tracy Turnblad:Halli Rider, Julia Darga
Link Larkin:Jared Guerrasio
Amber von Tussle:Halle MacPherson
Seaweed J. Stubbs:Shanden Vance
Penny Pingleton:Hope Fowler
Edna Turnblad:Grayson Lichtenthaler
Corny Collins:Bryan Keel
Wilbur Turnblad:Balthazar Gradin
Velma von Tussle:Samantha Richardson
Motormouth Maybelle:Christiana Urbina
Little Inez:Njeri Jones
Brenda:Madison Crews
LouAnn:Caroline Cannizzaro
Shelley:Cat Peets
Tammy:Morgan Sauer
IQ:Paul Lee
Fender:Jonathan Marciniak
Sketch:Alex Pearce
Brad:Alecxander Wilson
Prudy:Julia Darga, Halli Rider
Matron:Julia Darga, Halli Rider
Gym Teacher:Julia Darga, Halli Rider
Newscaster:Kristen Dickey

Motormouth Kids:

Sydney Ogbogu, Samantha Robinson, Sabrina Sisto, Palini Sunkara


Savannah Ashley, Charlie Baum, Asa Chastain, Miriam Chastain, Roy Conway, Morgan Crump, Grace Dorminy, Elizabeth Duetemeyer, Faith Forrester, Maddie Greene, Jennafer Kirby, Meagan Knaack, Kendall McCarthy, Emma Pestorius, Holly Tillirson

Special Thanks

A Special Thanks To: Georgia Design & Graphics, The Acting Troupe of Lambert, Celestial Studios, QAB Baseball Academy, Johnson High School Theatre, The Scene Is Set, Off Broadway Closets, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, and to all the wonderful parents who helped with every aspect of this production! THANK YOU!!

Photo credits: Alana Greene

Hairspray Jr was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials were also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684