Veronan Leads Cast Of ‘Hairspray’ at MKA


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Krissy Bylancik in rehearsal as Tracy Turnblad.
Krissy Bylancik in rehearsal as Tracy Turnblad.
Montclair Kimberley Academy is going to be performing Hairspray at the end of this month, but the key role of Tracy Turnblad is going to be performed by a student from Verona, Krissy Bylancik.

Bylancik has been in many shows during her 13 years at MKA, from Completely Hollywood (Abridged), to The Drowsy Chaperone, 10+, All the King’s Women, Grease, All Through the Night, Working From Bell to Bell, and The Adding Machine. But the junior is definitely pumped about playing Turnblad, who turns a teen music show in 1960s Baltimore on its head when she pushes for integration.

“I love the attitude that Tracy takes to everything because it is so different from virtually everyone else she encounters in the show,” says Bylancik. “Tracy loves life and continues to love life no matter what anyone around her says or tells her, and when she sets her mind to accomplish something, even something as big as integrating The Corny Collins Show, she stops at nothing until she accomplishes her goal. Tracy is a really fun and different character to play because she is always upbeat and has fun with everything she does, so I really have had a lot of freedom to just go as big as I can with her character.”

Hairspray will be performed at MKA’s Upper School on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. Admission is $15 and tickets can be reserved by contacting show Director Nicole Hoppe at [email protected] or through MKA’s Web site.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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