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'Hairspray' captivates Monessen audiences

Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Elishia Lippincott is seen on stage as Tracy Turnblad during a performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Elishia Lippincott is seen on stage as Tracy Turnblad during a performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Alyssia Williams, 14, puts her wig on as she prepares for her role as Amber in Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Alyssia Williams, 14, puts her wig on as she prepares for her role as Amber in Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Alec Tesznar prepares for her role as Edna Turnblad in 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Alec Tesznar prepares for her role as Edna Turnblad in 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Carlee Evans, 14; Cara Wheeler, 13; and Dalaney Johnson, 13, rest during intermission of Monessen High School/Middle School's presentation of 'Hairspray' on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Carlee Evans, 14; Cara Wheeler, 13; and Dalaney Johnson, 13, rest during intermission of Monessen High School/Middle School's presentation of 'Hairspray' on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Deshon Jackson of Monessen puts makeup on Mary Hartung, 17, prior to Saturday's production of 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Deshon Jackson of Monessen puts makeup on Mary Hartung, 17, prior to Saturday's production of 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Jackie Wiggins, 17, and Caitlyn Frolo, 14, performed in Monessen High School/Middle School's production of 'Hairspray' on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Jackie Wiggins, 17, and Caitlyn Frolo, 14, performed in Monessen High School/Middle School's production of 'Hairspray' on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Caitlyn Frolo cools off with water prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Caitlyn Frolo cools off with water prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Milana Sacco, 12, has her hair fixed by Marla Williams of Douglas Education Center prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Milana Sacco, 12, has her hair fixed by Marla Williams of Douglas Education Center prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Tiffany and Mark Frolo give daughter Caitlyn flowers before her performance in 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Tiffany and Mark Frolo give daughter Caitlyn flowers before her performance in 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Sara Noone, vocal coach, and Hilary Brown, director, are seen with their flowers at Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen Middle-High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Sara Noone, vocal coach, and Hilary Brown, director, are seen with their flowers at Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen Middle-High School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Alec Tesznar portrays Edna Turnblad and Jackie Wiggins is Mrs. Prudy Pingleton in the Monessen High School/Middle School production of 'Hairspray' on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Alec Tesznar portrays Edna Turnblad and Jackie Wiggins is Mrs. Prudy Pingleton in the Monessen High School/Middle School production of 'Hairspray' on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Olivia Peralta, 12, dresses for her role in the Monessen High School/Middle School's production of 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Olivia Peralta, 12, dresses for her role in the Monessen High School/Middle School's production of 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Elishia Lippincott, 17, portrays Tracy Turnblad in the Monessen Middle/High School production of 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Elishia Lippincott, 17, portrays Tracy Turnblad in the Monessen Middle/High School production of 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Kinsey Wilson, 9, played little Inez in the Monessen High School/Middle School production of 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Kinsey Wilson, 9, played little Inez in the Monessen High School/Middle School production of 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Lori Ernst fills popcorn boxes prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Lori Ernst fills popcorn boxes prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Jackie Gunnell sells programs,T-shirts and 'happy grams' prior to the 'Hairspray' performance at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Jackie Gunnell sells programs,T-shirts and 'happy grams' prior to the 'Hairspray' performance at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Cara Wheeler and her mom, Shonda Wheeler, are pictured prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray.' Cara Wheeler took on the role of Motormouth Maybelle, a dance show host and disc jockey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Cara Wheeler and her mom, Shonda Wheeler, are pictured prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray.' Cara Wheeler took on the role of Motormouth Maybelle, a dance show host and disc jockey.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Amanda Halgas, 15, had a prison guard role in 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Amanda Halgas, 15, had a prison guard role in 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Jacob Francowic, who played Linc Larkin, tests his microphone prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Jacob Francowic, who played Linc Larkin, tests his microphone prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Gabriel Leach and Mason O'Dell as IQ and Brad, respectively, were ready to perform in Saturday's production of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Gabriel Leach and Mason O'Dell as IQ and Brad, respectively, were ready to perform in Saturday's production of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Alex McMorrow applies makeup to Cara Wheeler, 13, prior to Saturday's production of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather  Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Alex McMorrow applies makeup to Cara Wheeler, 13, prior to Saturday's production of 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Stage crew members for 'Hairspray' are pictured here. In front, from left, are Hanna Leach, 15; Quelar Jones, 15; and Tom Lucy, 18. Behind them is Tyler Swann, 13.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Stage crew members for 'Hairspray' are pictured here. In front, from left, are Hanna Leach, 15; Quelar Jones, 15; and Tom Lucy, 18. Behind them is Tyler Swann, 13.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Mike Francowic and Tim Wiggins adjust the giant can of hairspray prior to Saturday's performance at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Mike Francowic and Tim Wiggins adjust the giant can of hairspray prior to Saturday's performance at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Aujanae Johnson and Jenna Wilson performed in 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Aujanae Johnson and Jenna Wilson performed in 'Hairspray' at Monessen High School/Middle School.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Caitlin Major, 13, has her hair done prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Caitlin Major, 13, has her hair done prior to Saturday's performance of 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Mallory Harrell, 17, signs a book for the director on Saturday at Monessen High School/Middle School's production of 'Hairspray.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather  Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Mallory Harrell, 17, signs a book for the director on Saturday at Monessen High School/Middle School's production of 'Hairspray.'
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Morgan Jeffries of Rices landing and fixes 12-year-old Madison Telegraphis' hair prior to the 'Hairspray' performance.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Morgan Jeffries of Rices landing and fixes 12-year-old Madison Telegraphis' hair prior to the 'Hairspray' performance.
Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent - Jake Santini, assistant director, brushes wigs prior to Saturday's 'Hairspray' performance.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heather Hart | For The Valley Independent</em></div>Jake Santini, assistant director, brushes wigs prior to Saturday's 'Hairspray' performance.

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“Hairspray” was staged Wednesday through Saturday at Monessen High School/Middle School.

Our roving photographer captured these scenes prior to and during Saturday's performance.

The musical production, directed by Hilary Brown, featured 10 lead actors.

Professional choreographer Tara Geisler and vocal coach Sarah Noone worked with the cast, and assistant musical director was Jake Santina.

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