SB cast and crew members for Lyric’s Hairspray! Standing L to R: Erin Evarts, Timothy Maynes, Eilish Anderson, Victoria Vondle-Schmidt, and Len Rubin. Seated: Elana Valastro and Leigh Sweet. Missing from the photo choreographer Julia DiFerdinando.

SB Residents Hold Many Roles in Hairspray

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Thursday November 03, 2011

It’s time to let your hair down and dance the night away! Hairspray, Broadway’s musical comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture is coming to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, presented by Lyric Theatre. Burlington will be swept away to 1960’s Baltimore in this international smash-hit musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance – and enough deliriously tuneful songs to fill a nonstop platter party. It’s Hairspray, live on stage, in living color!
The 31 member cast of this all-local all-volunteer production hail from 16 Vermont communities. Cast members from South Burlington are: Tim Maynes as Corny Collins, Eilish Anderson as Tammy, Victoria Vondle-Schmidt as Cindy Watkins, and Elana Valastro as Shelley.  In October Elana Valastro also starred in SBHS’s school production of “Once On This Island” that was directed by Tim Maynes.    
Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are also busy behind the scenes building and painting the onstage Baltimore, designing props, sewing costumes, marking lighting cues, and of course preparing hair and make-up designs worthy of the show’s title! Crew members from South Burlington include: Julia DiFerdinando (Choreographer), Erin Evarts (Producer), Len Rubin (Set Construction), and Leigh Sweet (Lighting Design).
In Hairspray it’s 1962—the ’50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion—to dance. She wins a spot on The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can she vanquish the program’s reigning teen queen, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show all without denting her ‘do? Only in Hairspray! Welcome to the ’60s! 
The talented artistic team includes: artistic director Patrick Clow of Williston, a brilliant actor and director who has previously directed “The Full Monty”, “Secret Garden”, and “Peter Pan” for Lyric Theatre; music director Rebecca Stone of Essex, a consummate professional and accomplished musician who works with the UVM Lane Series and has countless credits as a musical director and conductor; and Julia DiFerdinando of South Burlington, an amazingly gifted and enthusiastic choreographer who helps bring the different dance styles of the 60s to life in this vibrant show filled with high-energy production numbers. Julia has choreographed locally at UVM, South Burlington High School, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, and with a number of local theatre companies.  She is a graduate of South Burlington High School and UVM, and very excited to be choreographing for Lyric.
Tickets for Hairspray are on sale through the Flynn Center Regional Box Office in Burlington; by telephone: 802/86FLYNN; or online:

SOURCE: Lyric Theatre