Union Catholic Performing Arts Company presents its spring musical Hairspray, a family-friendly musical piled high with laughter, romance, and tuneful songs, March 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 7:00pm and March 22 at 3:00pm. Union Catholic High School is located at 1600 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Tickets can be purchased by phone (908) 889-1600 or online at www.showtix4u.com, and at the box office before all performances.
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!
The show is directed by Maryann C. Carolan ’86 and Edward Sagendorf ’07. Additional staff members are Music Director Larry N. Rothweiler, Choreographer Jeanette Rudnicki ’09, Technical Director Ellyn Essig, Associate Technical Director Jonathan Sagendorf ’11, and Dramaturg John Rotondo ’07. Stars of the show include Kate Carolan ’15 of Linden as Tracy Turnblad, Adrien Cortizo ’15 of Elizabeth as Edna Turnblad, Richard Ryngel ’15 of Union as Link Larkin, Kyra Bowes ’15 of North Plainfield as Penny Pingleton, Amelia Temple ’15 of North Plainfield as Motormouth Maybelle, Neill Lynskey ’16 of Cranford as Wilbur Turnblad, Oscar Cortizo ’15 of Elizabeth as Corny Collins, Kaitlin Garrity ’15 of Colonia as Velma con Tussle, Lexi Marta ’17 of Scotch Plains as Amber von Tussle, Mackay Johnson ’18 of Roselle as Seaweed Stubbs, and Liz Pollard ’18 of Maplewood as Little Inez.
For 50 years, Union Catholic High School has earned its reputation as one of New Jersey’s foremost Catholic secondary schools. For information, visit unioncatholic.org.
Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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