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HairsprayTheatre Under The Stars’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) will present FREE performances of Hairspray at Miller Outdoor Theatre with a cast that is sure to be a big and bold hit!  Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the family-friendly show will dance onto the stage in a memorable theatrical experience June 10 – 12 at 11 a.m. and June 12 – 13 at 8:15 p.m.  “Hairspray is commonly thought of as ‘that big, fluffy, fun musical’.  And while that is true, we are uniquely aware that rich themes of compassion, togetherness and universal love underline the entire play.  Our company is passionately committed to bringing this timely musical to life and exploring all it is to say ‘Hello to the Love in Your Heart’,” said director Charles Swan.

Lovable teen Tracy Turnblad, played by Carlie Sachs, has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins show. When her dream comes true, Tracy transforms from social outcast to sudden star. Sachs is a student at The Kinkaid School and was recently seen on TUTS’ main stage in The Music Man.  Dylan Lambert will appear as Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy’s kind and simpleminded father. Lambert is a student at St. Pius X High School and was also part of TUTS’ recent production of The Music Man.  Acting as Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s boisterous mother, is Thom Culcasi, one of the two adults in the show’s cast.  He has served as the musical director for various TUTS shows including Miss Saigon, Man of La Mancha, A Chorus Line and Victor/Victoria and recently performed on TUTS’ main stage in The Music Man.

Playing the role of Corny Collins, a good looking and smooth talking TV host, is Ashton Lambert. Lambert is a student at The Kinkaid School and was last seen in TUTS’ productions of Big, The Musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre and Xanadu. Lambert was also a Best Leading Actor nominee for his performance in The Kinkaid School’s A Chorus Line at this year’s Tommy Tune Awards. High School for the Performing and Visual Arts student Sam Linda will appear as Link Larkin, the star heartthrob on Corny Collins’ show. He was last seen in TUTS’ production of Bring It On.

Also appearing in Hairspray is Kelly Lomonte, who plays Link Larkin’s girlfriend and Tracy Turnblad’s nemesis, Amber Von Tussle.  Lomonte is a student at The Village School and recently took part in TUTS’ main stage production of The Music Man.  Acting as Amber’s mother and the director of Corny Collins’ show, Velma Von Tussle, is Mallory Bechtel. A student at The John Cooper School, Bechtel was last seen in TUTS’ HSMT production of Bring It On.  She has also performed in New York City at 54 Below, The Cutting Room and Stage 72.  Taking on the role of Penny Pingleton, Tracy Turnblad’s best friend and dorky sidekick, is Klein Oak High School student Grace Nardecchia. She was also last seen in TUTS’ HSMT production of Bring It On. Jenna Bobbora will play Prudy Pingleton, Penny’s strict mother.  She participated in this year’s Junior Theater Festival on behalf of HSMT where she took part in a performance saluting Disney’s The Lion King JR.

Fernell Hogan will play Seaweed J. Stubbs, Tracy Turnblad’s classmate and friend who is discriminated against because of his skin color.  Raiya Goodman will appear as Seaweed’s younger sister, Little Inez.  Motormouth Maybelle, mother of Seaweed and Little Inez, will be played by Gerra Gistand.  Hogan, Goodman and Gistand are all students at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and were last seen in TUTS’ HSMT production of Bring It On.

Theatre Under The Stars’ production of Hairspray is made possible by the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Inc., the Edward and Helen Oppenheimer Foundation and The Wortham Foundation, Inc.  For more information on Hairspray, visit

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June 10-12, 2015 at 11 a.m.
June 12-13, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.

Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Drive in Hermann Park – only a short drive from Pearland
Houston, TX 77030

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