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Mean Girls Jr. opens Feb. 29 at Eyer Middle School

It won’t be a Wednesday but why not wear pink to celebrate the opening performance of “Mean Girls Jr.” 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at Eyer Middle School, 5616 Buckeye Road, Macungie?

Performances continue 7 p.m. March 1 and 2 with a 2 p.m. matinee March 2.

There is a cost for tickets.

Originally a star vehicle for Lindsay Lohan, the 2004 movie was comedy icon Tina Fey’s first screenplay and went on to become a cultural touchstone.

The movie spawned Walmart commercials; a tribute from pop star Ariana Grande in the music video for her song “Thank u, next;” a Tony-nominated Broadway musical and, just this year, a mashup of the original movie and the Broadway show in the theatrical release “Mean Girls” with a cameo by none other than Lohan as well as Lehigh Valley native Amanda Seyfried who played Karen Smith in the original 2004 film.

Based on the 2002 book “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World” by Rosalind Wiseman, according to Fey, the original movie was and remains a hit.

Fey first encountered the book through an article in the New York Times, she said in a recent interview.

“It’s about relational aggression, which is what they call it when girls mess with each other,” Fey said in a television interview on “Sunday Today” with Willie Geist in the run-up to new film’s release in January.

The updated version debuted at No. 1 its opening weekend Jan. 12.

The film looks in on the life of Cady Heron, home schooled by her parents who are scientists, as she enters the world of cliques, toxic gossip and popularity that is high school.

The cast of “Mean Girls Jr.” at Eyer Middle School includes Hailey Grubb as Cady Heron, Oliver Thompson as Janis Sarkisian, Parker Bennett as Damian and Arianna Lutz as Regina George.

Logan Razar plays Gretchen Wieners, Adleigh Burdine plays Karen Smith, Sean Tillinghast plays Aaron Samuels, Kritha Bharath plays Ms. Norbury, a role originally played by Fey and Elijah Gordon-El plays Kevin G.

Caleb Yu is Mr. Duvall and Izzi O’Brien is Mrs. George.

The featured ensemble includes Cameron Smith as Martin, Emma Fillman as Rachel/Mathletes Moderator, Ella Shucavage as Taylor, Sofia Berndt as Mrs. Heron and Whitman Scott as Coach Carr.

Kaylee Zappile is the French teacher, Matthew Yenser is Shane Oman, Anna Meade is Caroline Krafft, Chloe Mosel is Caitlyn and Adam Luck is Glenn Coco.

Kami Alfau, Hannah Barbehenn, Ella Erk, Adam Luck, Chloe Mosel, Lorelei Schweyer, Ainsley Wright are the dance team.

The ensemble is Gia Arangio, Estelle Baluta, Molly Barnett, Emersen Bennett, Ella Blymire, Carter Camacho, Connor Costello, Mollie Frederick, Emilee Gelles, Jocelyn Hendrix, Joella Hilt, Laura Kackenmeister, Serena King, Lilly Meade, Abigail Mest, Tristan Meyers, Eli Nyangweso, Kayla Ofner, Mackenzie Ranck, Maya Reeves, Abby Reichart, Arya Shah, Jillian Snook, Bennett Stanziola, Anna Summer, Deana Villarejo, Callie Walker and Rebecca Wilks.

The stage crew includes Rae Fantauzzi, assistant to the directors; Bella Szep, choreography assistant; Elianna Mussinan and Ava Schutz, stage managers; Addison Hyatt and Alexa Shaw, costume assistants.

Chase Pennypacker and Charlotte Smyth are in charge of the light board. Seohwa Park and Shawn Pennypacker run sound and mics.

The stagehands are Hibba Ali, Mahi Babaria, Emilie Breidenbach, Makayla Cutler, Natalie Grima, Patrick Molitoris and Amelia Young.

Rachel Lewbart and Alexandra McIlwain work the spotlights.

The production staff is Molly Magro and Jennifer Najarian, directors; Rita Cortez, musical director; Jennifer Najarian, choreographer; Brendan Davis, Doug Hunsicker, technical directors; Erin Knecht, costume director; Doug Hunsicker, Anne Kukitz, set designers; Kristin Ervin, ticket sales; Molly Magro, program and Jacqueline Swauger, producer.

So pretend it’s Oct. 3, don your best pink outfit, join the student body of North Shore High School and see “Mean Girls Jr.” at Eyer Middle School. It will be ‘so fetch.’

Press Photo by C. Richard Chartrand Eyer Middle School students will present “Mean Girls Jr.” Feb. 29 through March 2. ABOVE: Members of the cast and crew of “Mean Girls Jr.” gather for a photo on the stage Feb. 13.
PRESS PHOTO BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND The cast of “Mean Girls Jr.” are ready to entertain audiences at Eyer Middle School. The show runs Feb. 29 through March 2.