PHOTO CALL: Hairspray at Sacramento's Music Circus

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22 Aug 2008

Joline Mujica as Tracy Turnblad
Joline Mujica as Tracy Turnblad
Photo by Charr Crail

California Musical Theatre closes out its Music Circus summer season with an "in-the-round" staging of the Tony-winning musical Hairspray.

Leading the cast as the formidable mother-daughter duo of Edna and Tracy Turnblad are, respectively, Paul Vogt - who has previously played the role in New York, Las Vegas and Boston - and newcomer Joline Mujica.

Also featured are Inga Ballard (Ragtime national tour) as Motormouth Maybelle, Dick Decareau as Wilbur Turnblad, Wilkie Ferguson (Hairspray national tour) as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Joanna Glushak as Velma Von Tussle, Tyler Hanes (A Chorus Line revival) as teen heartthrob Link Larkin, Halle Morse as Little Inez, Hayley Podschun (Sunday in the Park... revival) as Penny Pingleton, John Scherer (1776, Hello, Dolly, ...Forum) as Corny Collins, Heather White as Amber Von Tussle, Stacey Scotte as Prudy Pingleton and Ron Wisniski as Harriman F. Spritzer.

Ayesha Ayeni, Miki Berg, Shelby Braxton-Brooks, Melvin L. Clark Iii, Shiloh Goodin, Robert Hartwell, Tim Hausmann, Garett Hawe, De Undre C. James, Jeanne Marie Jacobson, Sarah Marie Jenkins, Matthew Kilgore, Kia Lee, Joël René, Brian Roethlisberger and Nikki Tomlinson make up the ensemble.

Gary John La Rosa directs with choreography by Bob Richard and musical direction by Darren Cohen.

The creative team includes Michael Schweikardt (scenic), Kyle Lemoi (lighting), Jason Hayes (hairs/wigs) and costume designers Michael Bottari and Ronald Case.

Tickets and information may be found at

Here is a look at the production, which plays an extended run at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through Aug. 28:


Joline Mujica as Tracy and Tyler Hanes as Link
Dick Decareau as Wilbur and Paul Vogt as Edna

Wilkie Ferguson as Seaweed and Joline Mujica as Tracy
Inga Ballard as Motormouth Maybelle

Paul Vogt as Edna and Joline Mujica as Tracy

From left: Tyler Hanes, Heather Nichole White, Garett Hawe, John Scherer, Jeanne Marie Jacobson and Brian Roethlisberger

Brian Roethlisberger, Joanna Glushak and Garett Hawe

Wilkie Ferguson as Seaweed and Hayley Podschun as Penny
Joline Mujica as Tracy and Tyler Hanes as Link

A scene from Hairspray

A scene from Hairspray

Photos by Charr Crail