HAIRSPRAY the Broadway Musical

June 8-24, 2018
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue in NapervilleBook by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman | Lyrics by Scott Whitman & Marc Shaiman
Directed by Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Barry R. Norton
Musically directed by Sarah Giordano | Choreographed by Jeni Donahue
Tickets $25-$30

As a courtesy to our patrons, we do not allow children under age five, including infants, to be admitted to our Main Stage Productions. Thank you.

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Based on the 1988 John Waters film and then inspiring a return to the big screen in 2007 Hairspray, a winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable, pleasantly-plump 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. Can she 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 hairdo?


Paige Matteson (Tracy Turnblad) is from Fort Wayne, IN and is a musical theatre major at Ball State University. When not on stage you can find her sewing in the costume shop or performing in Reflex, her improv group. Her latest credits include: Julie Johnson (Claire), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig) and Hair (Chrissie).


JEFFREY CASS (Edna Turnblad) A Jeff Nominated Director holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Roosevelt University.  Last seen on stage in BST’s inaugural production – Run for Your Wife.  Pervious Chicagoland acting credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Jeff Nomination – Best Musical) , Joseph…Dreamcoat, Evita, Is There Life After High School, Man of LaMancha and for three years toured with Greenlight Productions.

Michelle Bolliger (Amber Von Tussle) is thrilled to be back onstage with her BrightSide Theatre family! A graduate of Millikin University with a BA in Theatre, Michelle spent over 8 years traveling the US performing in many professional theatres before settling down in the Chicago burbs. Locally, Michelle has performed with Chicago Kids Company, Northbrook Theatre, and Windy City Performs.

Qiana McNary (Motormouth Maybelle) is making her BrightSide Theatre debut! She has performed in numerous opera and musical theater productions in and out of the country that include, Caroline, Or Change (Caroline), The Little Mermaid (Ursula), Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier), Saul and the Witch of Endor (The Witch), Ragtime (Sarah), Le Nozze di Figaro (The Countess), and premiered a hip-hop opera, Hopera: Chronicles of a Fallen Hero, at the DuSable Museum – Chicago.

Shaina Summerville (Penny) is thrilled to perform one of her dream roles in another BrightSide show! She’s previously performed on the BrightSide stage in The Bridges of Madison County and Beauty and the Beast. Chicagoland credits include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Encore Theatre), Gypsy (Williams Street Repertory Theatre), Godspell (Theatre Nebula), Scarlet Sisters Everleigh (Three Cat Productions), and many more.

Melissa Crabtree (Velma Von Tussle) is thrilled to be returning to BrightSide after appearing in Guys and Dolls last summer!  Previous credits include: Lina Lemont – Singin’ in the Rain (Batavia Fine Arts), Annie Oakley – Annie Get Your Gun (Woodstock Opera), Mabel – The Pirates of Penzance (Tall Ship Windy at Navy Pier), and Cabaret, South Pacific & Annie Get Your Gun (Music Theatre Works). She also directs for Christian Youth Theatre, and E.D.G.E. Theatre (1776, Peter and the Starcatcher). Upcoming: Pheasant Run Resort’s The Music Man as Zaneeta.

Jim Heatherly (Wilbur Turnblad) – Jim happily returns to BrightSide Theatre in the fun 60s romp Hairspray.  Over the past nineteen years, Jim has appeared in over ninety productions. Jim’s recent Chicago area appearances include An Enemy of the People (Goodman Theatre), A Wonderful Life (Theatre-at-the-Center), Light Up the Sky and Romeo & Juliet (Citadel Theatre).  Jim’s TV work includes, Chicago PD, Crisis, Sirens, and Boss and his feature film work includes Batman v. Superman and Chicago Overcoat.

Levi Skoog (Link) is so excited to be making his BrightSide debut! Levi is a rising Junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.  Some of his most recent theatre credits include Old Man Strong in Urinetown, Edward Bloom in Big Fish, Dewey Finn in School of Rock, and The Beast in Beauty and the Beast.


Deshaun Peters (Seaweed J. Stubbs) is excited to be making his BrightSide debut! Deshaun has studied at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and is a recipient of the Lou Conte Dance Studio Scholarship. He was most recently seen in the Chicago DanzTheatre’s 2017 season. Notable credits: Lion The Wiz (Oak Lawn theatre) Franz/Dennis Sunday in the Park with George (Grinnell College).

John Salomone (Corny Collins) is excited to be in his first BrightSide Theatre production. John’s favorite past roles include Curly (Oklahoma!), Don Lockwood (Singin’ in the Rain), and Harold Hill (The Music Man).


Cydney Washington (Little Inez) is making her BrightSide debut and is thrilled to join the wonderful cast! Some of her credits include: Ensemble Cast, Beggar, Lovely Lady – Les Miserables, Mrs. Fezziwig/ Charwomen/Caroler/Support Vocalist- A Christmas Carol (CYT Chicago) Granny- Into the Woods, After Hours Soloist- Godspell (Spotlight Theater).

CHARLET DUPAR (Dynamite/Student) has extensive training in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and latin and world dance styles and has trained at Millennium Dance Studio LA, The Centre for Dance TX, and Dance Connection Chicago. She holds her Associates Degree in Acting performance from Kim Dawson Conservatory of the Southwest and has performed all over the state of Texas for corporate events, Cirque inspired shows to theatrical performances. Charlet has also toured the US with the Dallas Children’s Theater, C&C Productions Body Art Ball, Bravo and Eclipse Entertainment companies and LoneStar Cirque School in Dallas TX.

Kennedy Hayes (Lorraine/Dynamite/Dance Captain) is elated to be making her professional debut with BrightSide Theatre. Her favorite credits include Pippin (Leading Player) and Julius Caesar (Publius/Artemidorus) with College of DuPage, and American Idiot with BiCentennial Park (Libby/Asst. Choreographer). She is currently studying theatre at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, and is planning to transfer to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale this fall.

Andreece Williams (Cindy/Dynamite) A recent Chicago transplant hailing from Southern California, Andreece is thrilled to be making her Chicagoland theater debut in BrightSide’s production of Hairspray in one of her dream roles as a Dynamite! Some of her past favorite roles include Lorraine in All Shook Up, Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Rizzo in Grease and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She also considers herself very fortunate to have travelled the world singing and dancing aboard some of your favorite cruise lines!

JOEY FATIGANTE (Brad) is ecstatic to make his BrightSide Theatre debut! He will be a sophomore at Joliet Junior College where he is majoring in Theatre and Math Education. He has recently been in JJC’s Spamalot (Ensemble), Small Town Theatrics Dogfight (Ensemble), and Coal City High School’s The Little Mermaid (Scuttle).

Logan Friese (Sketch/Dance Captain) is so excited and honored to be making his debut with BrightSide Theatre. Logan is originally from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and is currently attending Columbia College Chicago pursuing musical theatre.  His favorite/recent credits include West Side Story (A-Rab), The Crucible (John Proctor), Urinetown (Robby/Dance Captain), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Huckleberry Finn).

Sara Haverty (Tammy) most recently was seen as Marcy Park in Encore Theatre Productions, 25th…Spelling Bee, Dance Captain/Minnie u/s in RCLPC Theatre’s, Hello Dolly, and as Aquata in La Comedia Dinner Theatre’s, The Little Mermaid in Dayton, OH. Sara is a proud recent graduate of CCM with her BFA in Dance Performance.


Joshua Hills (Duane/Student) He attended Northwestern University, graduating in Opera Performance and Premedical Sciences. After some time in Paris, he had a chance to study and perform all over Europe. Since then he’s worked with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, sung with some of the world’s best orchestras, and currently sings on staff with the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago at St. James Cathedral.

Tony Lage (Harriman F Spritzer/Principal/Mr. Pinky) is very pleased to be back at BrightSide after previously appearing here in The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Rumors (Lenny) and Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig). Chicagoland credits include When Not That Good Will Do, Becky’s New Car, Scrooge the Musical, Leading Ladies and The Fantasticks at Steel Beam Theatre; The Miss Firecracker Contest, Time Stands Still, and Next Fall at Village Theatre; Lend Me a Tenor at Wheaton Drama; and work at Attic Playhouse, Stage 773, Athenaeum Theatre, ComedySportz, Circle Theatre, and National Pastime Theatre.

Rich Adrian Lazatin (Thad) is thrilled to be making his BrightSide Theatre debut this summer! Previous credits include Spring Awakening (Melchior Gabor), The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), and Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik).


Connor Murray (IQ) is thrilled to be making his BrightSide Theatre debut in Hairspray! You may have seen Connor previously in Elgin Summer Theatre’s production of Spelling Bee as Leaf Coneybear, or Schaumburg Summer Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd as Adolfo Pirelli.


Ben Paynic (Fender) is excited to make his BrightSide Theatre debut! He is currently studying Musical Theatre at North Central College. Recent credits include Chicago (Ensemble) with Big Noise Theater, Sweet Charity (Daddy Brubeck) at North Central College, as well as, Cinderella (Fox) at Downers Grove South High School.


Jenna Payne (Shelley) is thrilled to return to BrightSide Theatre in one of her favorite musicals!  She was last seen in BST’s production of Rumors.  Additional Chicago theatre credits include Ring of Fire at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Fancy Nancy at Northbrook TYA, The Wild Party at Up & Coming Theatre, and Beehive the 60s Musical at Williams Street Rep.


Karla A. Rennhofer (Prudy/Gym Teacher/Matron) has been fortunate to be acting for over 20 years and has performed in musicals such as Urinetown, Spamlot, Nunsense, Into the Woods, and Sweeney Todd.  She is currently studying at the Acting Studio Chicago.


Emma Widlowski (Lou Ann) is thrilled to be a part of Hairspray! Emma is a graduate of Elmhurst College where she majored in Musical Theatre and minored in Dance. She was last seen in Wizard of Oz (Big Noise), Spelling Bee (Encore), and Sweet Charity (Up & Coming).


Sean Michael Williams (Gilbert/Student) Raised on the south side of Chicago, Sean became interested in fine and performing arts at a young age. Appearing in his first stage production, The Lion King Jr. in kindergarten, Sean would go on to appear in various stage productions throughout high school and into his adult life. This year, Sean appeared in Natural Talent Productions’ The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Katie Zarletti (Brenda) is thrilled to return to BrightSide Theatre with this beautiful show! Previous credits include The Wizard of Oz (Big Noise Theater), Beauty and the Beast (BrightSide Theatre), Hairspray (Forte Productions), A Fairytale Adventure (HPP).


Jeffrey Cass (Director/Artistic Director) a Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee most recently directed BightSide Theatre’s: Guys and Dolls, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Sound of Music, It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play, Cabaret, RENT, Company, BrightSide Theatre’s inaugural production – Run For Your Wife and also for BrightSide Theatre’s Youth Project inaugural production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., Disney’s Aladdin, Jr., Legally Blonde the Musical Jr.,  and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.  He holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater Performance from Roosevelt University where he also studied lighting design and stage management. He previously served as the Producing Director for Circle Theatre where he directed The Who’s Tommy (6 Joseph Jefferson Nominations including Best Musical and Best Director) Neil LaBute’s Bash and The Distance From Here (Midwest Premier), Burning Blue (Midwest Premier), Crazy for You, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urinetown, Peter Pan and for their New Plays Festivals.

Barry Norton (Co-director) is excited to be joining the BrightSide Theatre team.  Barry holds a B.A. in Directing/Musical Theatre from Columbia College where he studied under the late Sheldon Patinkin and the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble.  Barry has over 25 years of Theatre experience both directing and on stage. He previously held a position as Artistic Director/ Board Member for The Woodstock Musical Theatre Company/ The Woodstock Opera House. Some of his directing credits include Joseph…Dreamcoat, Oliver (Broadway World nomination for Best Director), Annie, Crazy for You, Always Patsy Cline, Oklahoma, Bye, Bye Birdie, The Wiz, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I, Cinderella, The Outsiders,  and Seussical. When not on stage performing, directing, and set designing/painting he can be found teaching his 4th graders in Chicago and spending time with his dog Rusty. He is happy and thankful to be working with such a collaborative team. Special thanks to Julie and Jeff for giving him this GREAT opportunity! Break a leg cast and crew!! You are all AWESOME!!!

Jeni Donahue (Choreographer) is a professional choreographer from Joliet who earned her degree in Dance & Vocal performance from Columbia College and has been choreographing professionally for over 25 years.  She has worked with all age levels and abilities and has been heavily involved in every aspect of dance.   Jeni is sought after clinician, adjudicator and guest speaker at competitions and events throughout the United States.   Jeni was honored to choreograph the Illinois All State productions of Ragtime (2005), Urinetown (2010) & Into the Woods (2011).  She is very excited to return to work with BrightSide for her 5th season.  Past BrightSide choreography credits include: Cabaret,Aladdin Jr, Sound of Music, Legally Blonde Jr ,Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr, Beauty and the Beast and Guys and Dolls. She would like to thank her 2 sons, Benjamin and Noah who are her inspiration every day.

Sarah Giordano (Vocal Director/Music Director) earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Choral Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. She teaches general music, directs the choirs and the musical at Jackson Middle School in Villa Park and she serves as an adjunct professor of graduate studies at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Sarah consistently serves as a choral clinician, adjudicator, and music director. Recent BrightSide Theatre credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR (BrightSide Youth Project), and Guys and Dolls.