HS Students Show Talent in ‘Hairspray’


Audiences at the high school’s recent annual musical were enthralled by the colorful costumes, fun dances and warmhearted social commentary of the school’s production of “Hairspray,” directed by James Henry.

Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, the musical was written by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and reflects a theme of acceptance. The original 2002 Broadway production won eight Tony Awards. Set in 1962 Baltimore, it features a memorable set of songs reflecting the era of racial integration and TV dance programs, which were delivered with precision and verve by the Deer Park actors.

The high-octane cast included Sabrina Rudden as Tracy Turnblad, David Reyes as Corny Collins, Joseph McGarty as Edna Turnblad, Jaclyn Miano as Velma von Tussle, Ashley Casella as Penny Pingleton, Jerline Aristide as Motormouth Maybelle, Alexa Serrano as Amber von Tussle, Sam Henkel as Link Larkin, Alce Winters as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Mauricio Montes as Wilbur Turnblad and Jessica Orelus as Little Inez.

Henry praised his students, saying, “This is the 10th musical I have directed at Deer Park High School, and I would have to say that it was one of the best productions we have ever put on. The talent of the students this year was amazing. They put in so much hard work since January, and I am so proud of the final results.”

Scott Abrams served as musical director for the show, assisted by Kristen Lombardo. In a seamless display of professional teamwork, choreography was handled by Kristen Wallace, set design by Eileen Cullinane, sound by Catherine Thompson, costumes by Sherry Kfare and lighting by Kyle McCourt.