Hairspray - January 28

Riverside Unified School District


This incredible, collaborative event was made possible by so many individuals and organizations. We are so grateful for so much support and would like to especially thank: 


RUSD Board of Education, who championed and fostered the RUSD Arts Plan, which made these events possible. Thank you to all RUSD Board Members and Cabinet. Special thanks also to Dr. Ryan Lewis, Dr. Jamie Angulo, and Dr. Jennifer DeAnda.


Riverside Fox Theater Foundation, for the Live Tech program, and helping to foster this extraordinary experience for RUSD students. Many thanks to Cynthia Wright and Julia Bennett.


Live Nation, for mentoring students in the Live Tech program, providing the venue, and all the technical, logistical, and production support. Special thanks to Susan Garbett, Ryan Turley, Jeff Linton, Brennan Lyell, and their teams. 


Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation, for providing financial support for this production. A very special thank you to Sandy Ramirez for all her additional administrative support to make this event possible. 


Honors Musical Creative Team, who provided countless hours of dedication, creativity, musicality, and rehearsal time to prepare students for this production. A huge thank you to Michelle Grotness, Spencer Kalnin, Kristen Walton, Dominque Araiza-Cauldwell, Maria Hong, and Emerald Gonzalez. They are true rock stars. 


Honors Musical Professional Artists, who mentored, rehearsed, coached and/or performed with students. Special thanks to Charlie Richards, Kevin Mayse, Aki Tsai, Steve Schmidt, Rick Hoglund, Alastair Edmonstone, Marcel Valenzuela, Ana Maria Maldonado, Kristopher Sveen, Evelyn Halus, Douglas Graham, and Michelle Ditto. 


Music and Arts, who provided equipment for these performances.


Inland Regional Youth Theater, who helped extensively with the sets and their expertise.   


RUSD CTE Department, for supporting this enriching college and career opportunity for students to experience the breadth of opportunity relating to musical theater. Thank you to Ron Weston, Donna Schulte and Thelma Lowry. 


RUSD Performing Arts Teachers, for shaping, teaching, and preparing students to audition and perform in this district-wide production. Thank you all the theater, music, dance, and choral teachers for their flexibiilty to allow for students to participate amidst students' very busy schedules. A special thank you also to the teachers who shared rehearsal space, equpiment, time, costumes, and their incredible expertise, including: Patricia Scarborough, Anna Hightower, Chris MarkerMorse, Jordan Smith, Drew Ward, Arwen Hernandez, Ronda Barnes, Pete Jackson, Julie Olsen, Dacy Nottingham, and April Patrick. 


RUSD Staff, who assisted with so many logistical details!  A million thanks to Brenda Perez, who pulled together so many of the pieces.  Special thanks also to Sue Martin, Shani Dahl, Eric Jacklin, Norma Barles, Dr. Ratmony Yee, Rochelle Kanatzar, Lisa Palmer, Jorge Perez, Nick Yanez, Juan Jimenez, Julie Chico, Mike Aranda, the teams at RUSD Publications, Maintenance and Operations, and custodial staff at North High School, Poly High School, Ramona High School, and Central Middle School.  


RUSD Parents, who have supported students to participate in this experience and fostered a love of the arts.  Special thanks also to Theresa Savage.               



Annemarie Guzy

Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Riverside Unified School District


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