Hairspray Was More Than a Play
By: Andy Shodell
PTS Falconer Staff
March 16, 2019
Powerful acting is an artistic outlet for creativity, and oftentimes a powerful message. This year’s play Hairspray, shown on March 14th and 15th at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, took to new heights in its formation of a unifying message -- framed and posited most effectively by the fantastic acting. The casting, directing, choreography, style, and vision imbued the show with its own personality. Directed by Mr. Michael Stoddard, the play came together into a succinct show.
The play consisted of both students and faculty (including our very own Ella Tamariz, Charles Porto, and Ms. Alex Dugarte who all did spectacularly on stage and behind the scenes!). Everyone worked together to make an empowering message of civil rights and human equality through Hairspray’s theme of integration, and also through the stylistic choices of production -- implicitly adding an additional dynamic to the Palmer showing.
The production team consists of Michael Stoddard as director and a choreographer, alongside Natalie Roy Camargo as another choreographer, Kristine Rodriguez as assistant director/choreographer, and Jared Peroune as musical director. Set design was done by Reinaldo Bode and Andrew Triana, while Terri Stephen was costume designer, Anthony DeRosa was stage manager, students Tatiana Cardoso and Sophia Naziazeni were assistant stage managers, and Sara Aparicio was prop master. The prop crew were students Tatiana Cardoso, Anthony De Rosa, Ale Diaz, Katherine Infante, Tatiana Multach, Elena Morin, and Sophia Naziazeni.
Laura Furniss-Roe played the protagonist Tracy Turnblad, accompanied by Palmer faculty Daniel Vega and Brian Diaz as Edna and Wilbur Turnblad respectively. The cast included students Ainsley Franklin, Bryce Smith, Owen Reynolds, Victoria Maza, Joaquin Molinari, Lena Robertson, Sydney Gilmore, Eden Peterson, Luka Boulay, Ame Diaz, and Ella Tamariz; as council members were Andre Fortou, Hana Hernandez, Christian Candela, Max Montepeque, Izzy Giraldo, Lucie Williams, Ava-Riley Miles, Laura Marmorek, and Sarah Space. Teachers and other faculty involved on stage were Catie Paschick, Traci Holstein, T.J. Murray, Alex Dugarte, Eric Ballesteros, Micah Whitley, Ashley Chapman, Ashley Valentin and Jared Peroune.
This was also a big step for Palmer’s theater and drama program, which before Mr. Stoddard’s leadership only showed plays on the small Palmer stage in the middle school building. This play was a testament to how far the theater program has come, and what incredible possibilities lie ahead.