Cast Bios:

Liat Levone (Brenda/Guard/Police Officer) is a 5th grader at Sligo Creek Elementary School. This is her first Highwood Theatre production! Liat has also performed in The Lion King in French, playing the part of the lioness. She also appeared as Chief Brigand in Les Trois Brigands and as a Princess in Peau d’ane. She likes to act, do theatre, and watch TV. She lived in Rio, Brazil for 2 and a half years. “Silence your phone, be quiet and all ‘n’ all just enjoy the show!”

Molondo Ituka (Motormouth Maybelle) is a 10th grader at Montgomery Blair High School. This is her first production at Highwood Theatre. "Enjoy the show!"

: Kevin Kearney and Toly Yarup

Choreographer: Imani Gaston

Music Director: Kevin Kearney

Stage Manager: Orion Stekoll

Costume Design: Tip Letsche and Erika Sparks

Set and Lighting Design: Toly Yarup and Kevin Kearney

Prop Design: Kelsey Murphy

Sound Design: Matthew Nicola and Simon Ellerbe

Light Board Operator: ​Nina Madeddu

Follow Spot Operator: ​Simon Ellerbe

Costume and Wig Assistant: ​Sarah Scott

Liat Levone

Rachel Sparks

Porter Orvetti

Briana Cooper

Molondo Ituka


Students' Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

Nate Romanow (Link Larkin) is a 4th grader at Sandy Spring Friends School. This is his first Highwood production. He has performed as Zeus in Persephone and the Pomegranates and was in Into the Woods. He likes to sing and dance. His mom knows Hillary Clinton. “Use Hairspray tomorrow!” 

Porter Orvetti (Edna Turnblad) is a homeschooled 6th grader. This is his fifth Highwood production, having appeared as Neville in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dogberry in Much Ado about Nothing, and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. His improve team went to Global Finals for Destination Imagination. He likes to write code, do math and he’s a twin. “I’m actually a skinny boy!”

Simone Kiselman-Block


Briana Cooper (Little Ines) is a 10th grader at Montgomery Blair High School. This is her first Highwood production. She has been in Chorus since third grade and has been in a church choir since she was young. She likes to sing and play basketball. "Enjoy the show!"

Rebecca Morris (Penny Pingleton) is a 12th grader and this is her second Highwood production, having last appeared as Bazzard in Mystery of Edwin Drood. She is a national merit commended student and was Robots 2, 6, 9 and 13 in Property Rites at Worcester Polytechnic Institute- Frontiers. She likes to bake and do gymnastics. She is in her fourth year of chemistry and is taking organic chemistry this year. “I hope you love the show!”

Elena Meiman (IQ/Beatnik Chick/Police Officer) is a tenth grader at the Auburn School. This is her sixth production at The Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared as Sarah in Company,  Johnna in August: Osage County, and as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. Outside of Highwood, Elena likes to read and do science experiments. She once memorized the evolutionary chain for cats. "Hope you like the show!"

Edwin Johnson (Seaweed) is a tenth grader at Albert Einstein High School. This is his second production at The Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared in Spamalot. He has performed in Oliver Twist as Bill Sikes as well participating in his school’s production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He was part of Martin Luther King High School’s afterschool Rock Band program. In his spare time, he likes to play his guitar and act. He aspires to one day become a triple threat as an actor, artist, and musician. 


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​The Highwood Theatre depends on you to help us expand our participant base and our programs.  We really appreciate everything that you do!​

Thea Woehr

Elena Meiman

Brittany Broadus (Velma Von Tussle) is an eighth grader at Loiderman Middle School. This is her first production at Highwood Theatre. She was Story Teller 1 in Once on This Island and Cammie in Alienated at Loiderman Middle School. She won a theatre art award in her sixth grade year. She loves to sing, dance and act. She also really enjoys math and sciene. “I hope you enjoy all this hard work and effort that we put into this show. Thank you so much for coming!" 

Edwin Johnson

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Hairspray! If you haven't been to Highwood recently, you'll notice many changes for this production - from an expanded theatre and a different orientation, to our renovated lobby, and other exciting improvements.  We couldn't be more pleased to have Hairspray (the first regular student production of our season) take the stage!

This production is huge.  With a large cast, complex choreography, and lots of great singing, it is incredibly impressive what our diverse group of student actors has been able to create.  We cannot thank the cast, parents, and all of Highwood's staff enough for their support and talents.  

Feel free to dance in the aisles - and enjoy the show!

Kevin and Toly

Yael Friedman (Wilbur Turnblad) is an 8th grader at Brooke Lee Middle School. This is her second Highwood production, she most recently appeared as Patsy in Spamalot. She has performed as Eliza in My Fair Lady at summer camp  and Ensemble in Little Mermaid in school. She likes to draw and play video games. She also watches anime. “Enjoy the performance!”

​Patron (cont.)
Susan Mann
The Moorehead Family
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
Kay and Gary Stevens
Pat and Bob Wittie

Harold Bucholtz
Jim and Sharon Lowe
The Middleton Family
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola
Alfred Pate
Rick and Joanne Rome
The Starr Family
Richard Stroup
Susan Talarico and Michael Sundermeyer

Missi Tessier

Robert N. Alfandre Foundation
The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region
Valerie Cummings
Joyce Dorris
The Halbreiner Family in memory of Robert N. Alfandre
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney
Jayne Letsche
Savills Studley
Wittie, Letsche, & Waldo LLP

Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice

United Way of the National Capital Region
Kevin Kearney

Wenger Corporation

Production Sponsor
Karla Letsche
James Kearney
Dave Weadon
The William and Karen Tell Foundation

Season Sponsor
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

​Song List:


Good Morning Baltimore

Nicest Kids in Town

Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now

I Can Hear The Bells

Miss Baltimore Crabs

The Madison

The Nicest Kids Reprise

It Takes Two

Velma's Revenge

Welcome to the 60's

Hear the Bells Reprise

Run and Tell That

Big, Blonde and Beautiful

The Big Doll House
Baltimore Repise
You're Timeless to Me
Timeless Reprise
Without Love
I Know Where I've Been
(It's) Hairspray
You Can't Stop the Beat

Madison Middleton (Corny Collins) is a 10th grader at School For Tomorrow. She’s participated with Highwood since 2011, her play The Requiem premiered at Highwood this fall for the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in DC. She also performed in Tina Howe’s play Museum, directed by Randy Baker and starred as Miren/Claire in Duir-wyyd: The Dreamer’s Doorway at Spooky Action Theatre. She likes to play the banjo and rap loudly to Hamilton: The Musical. She got her Hogwarts letter when she was eleven. “Hey there, Highwood audience! Don’t throw away that ticket, because its time for the Corny Collins show!” 

Anonymous (6)
The Adelfio Family
The Barker Family
The Callahan Family
Linda and John Corkery
Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Wendy Dorman
The Emerson Family
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
David Glietz
Patti and Michael Goldman
Pauline Sobel and Larry Gondelman
The Greene Family
Barbara and Scott Harris
Robert and Phyllis Hoffman
Therese and Neil Intrater
Bryan and Jenny Kearney
Mike and Pam Kearney
Joseph and Bonny Krenz
Maura and Jeffrey Leach Family
Susanne and Richard Leach
Bill and Beth Loizeaux
Amy Duroska and Richard Leidl in honor of the younger generation
Rochelle and Eric Mayer
Liz McLeod
Colleen Meiman
Mosquito Squad
Alfred Pate
The Romanow Family
Liz Russomanno
John and Rosemary Ryan
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
The Wilder/Taff Family

Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer

Anonymous (1)
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Intuit Quickbooks
Bill and Doris Loehning

Ilana Kissel (Tammy/Mr. Pinky/ Woman #2)  is a fourth grader at the Jewish Primary Day School. This is her second production at The Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared in Spamalot. In the past, she has appeared in a production of My Fair Lady. Her hobbies include creating art and playing video games. She is Jewish. "Enjoy the show!"

Delaney Taff (Tracy Turnblad) is a 6th grader at Thomas Pyle Middle School. She has performed as Miss Mousey in Miss Mousey at Primary Day School. She takes voice lessons at Bach 2 Rock and musical theatre classes at Imagination Stage. She likes to play basketball and sing. She loves elephants. “Run and tell that!” 

Lily Barker

December 11 - December 13, 2015

Directed by Kevin Kearney and Toly Yarup

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019
Tel.: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212)

This production is sponsored in part by funding from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Government.

Rachel Sparks (Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/ Lorraine) is a seventh grade home school student. This is her eighth Highwood production, having recently appeared as Duchess in Nice Work if You Can Get It, Amy in Company and Spamalot. She likes to sing and dance. She has been acting at Highwood for as long as she can remember. “You can’t stop the beat!”

Nate Romanow

Toly Yarup

Brittany Broadus

All confident teenager Tracy Turnblad wants to do is dance, but when she’s rejected from becoming a dancer on the popular Corny Collins Show because of her looks, she decides to take a stand. With the help of her new friends and her agoraphobic mother, she’s determined to bring Baltimore into the new, modern, and integrated decade of the 1960’s.  


(in alphabetical order)

Amber Von Tussle: Lily Barker

Velma Von Tussle: Brittany Broadus

Little Inez: Briana Cooper

Wilbur Turnblad: Yael Friedman

Motormouth Maybelle: Molondo Ituka

Seaweed: Edwin Johnson

Lou Ann/Matron: Simone Kiselman-Block

Tammy/Mr. Pinky: Ilana Kissel

Brenda/Guard: Liat Levone

IQ: Elena Meiman

Corny Collins: Madison Middleton

Penny Pingleton: Rebecca Morris

Edna Turnblad: Porter Orvetti

Link Larkin: Nate Romanow

Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/Lorraine: Rachel Sparks

Tracy Turnblad: Delaney Taff

Mrs. Spritzer/Shelley: Thea Woehr

Ilana Kissel

Rebecca Morris

Lily Barker (Amber Von Tussle) is a 6th grader  at Woodlin Elementary. This is her second production at Highwood Theatre, having recently appeared as Kathy in Company. Lily has also performed as Ruddigore in Ghost Barnet at Kids Choral and as a Prisoner in Pirates! The Musical at Woodlin Elementary School. She loves acting, singing, and playing sports like basketball. She’s been a part of the Kids Choral since she was in kindergarten. “Have an awesome time!” 

Delaney Taff


The Highwood Theatre wishes to extend a very special thanks to the following people who have contributed extra time and energy to this production:
Toly Yarup, Matthew Nicola, Sarah Scott, Orion Stekoll, Kelsey Murphy, Montgomery College, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School,

Marcy Ference, Tip Letsche, James Kearney

A special shout out to our neighbor, Roadhouse Oldies, for their support!


Photography and video/audio recording is strictly prohibited.
© The Highwood Theatre Inc., December, 2015​

The Highwood Theatre Would Like To Extend A Special Thanks To Those Who Have Contributed More Than $100 Since August 2013

Thea Woehr (Harriman F. Spritzer/ Shelley)  is a 5th grader at Sligo Creek Elementary School. She has won gymnastic medals at school, has taken classes with the Revals, and participates in lots of after school programs like art, choir, theatre, ballet and cooking. She likes to do gymnastics and art. She has been in a lot of the school concerts that they do each year. “Dear audience (parents), I hope you have a pleasant time at our concert! Thank you very much!”

Madison Middleton

Simone Kimelman-Block (Lou Ann/Matron) is a 4th grader at JPDS. This is her second Highwood Theatre Production, having recently appeared as Marta in Company. She also has gotten an honorable mention at school and is on the swim team. She likes to act, sing and swim. She goes to JPDS. “Enjoy the show!”

Kevin Kearney

Directors' Note

Yael Friedman