Hairspray Auditions
Book by Thomas Meehan & Mark O’Donnell
Music by Mark Shaiman
Lyrics by Mark Shaiman & Scott Wittman

Directed by Michael J. Lasley
Choreographed by Anne Beck

Music Direction by Brent E. Marty
Stage Managed by Katie Stark

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do!

Prep Session – December 18th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Auditions – January 8th & 9th, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Please come prepared with your best 16 bars of an appropriate song. Please bring sheet music – an accompanist will be provided. All adults will be required to go through a movement audition. You will be given an opportunity to change clothes – please bring appropriate footwear.

First Rehearsal – March 5th, 2017
Performances – April 27th – May 13th, 2017

Available Roles

Tracy Turnblad – Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist, she is large and in charge. Confident, talented, and incredibly determined. A romantic with a good heart and desire to cut up the dance floor. Always on top of the latest trends.
Gender: Female, Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: G3

Corny Collins – The charismatic host of the Corny Collins’ Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera.
Gender: Male, Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: D3

Edna Turnblad – Tracy’s big and blonde mother. She is a working housewife who has lost her confidence and dream to be a plus-size clothing designer. Boisterous and commanding. Played by a male in drag.
Gender: Male, Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: F3

Penny Pingleton – Tracy’s best friend and dorky sidekick. Not the brightest girl, but she has good intentions. Bursting to get free of her mother’s dominating control, she falls for Seaweed with childlike curiosity.
Gender: Female, Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: A3

Velma Von Tussle – Amber’s mother and the director of Corny Collin’s show. She is a devious taskmaster and snobby racist. The former Miss Baltimore Crabs will go to any length to ensure her daughter is the next big thing.
Gender: Female, Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: G3

Amber Von Tussle – Link’s girlfriend and Tracy’s nemesis. She is pretty, thin, shallow, snobby, and racist. Can’t dance but is expected to win Miss Baltimore Hairspray. Always feels the need to be the center of attention.
Gender: Female, Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: A3

Link Larkin – The star heartthrob on Corny Collins’ show. He is extremely attractive and talented. Hoping to get his big break with a recording contract, he unexpectedly falls for Tracy.
Gender: Male, Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A5, Vocal range bottom: G3

Seaweed J. Stubbs – Tracy’s classmate and friend, who is discriminated against due to his skin color. He is cocky but surprisingly lovable. Talented in song and dance. He falls for Penny.
Gender: Male, Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: F3

Little Inez – Seaweed’s talented younger sister.
Gender: Female, Age: 13 to 15

Motormouth Maybelle – Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother, she also appears as the Guest DJ on the Corny Collin’s Negro Day show. Big, blonde, beautiful and proud of it. She is sassy and confident.
Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: F3

Wilbur Turnblad – Tracy’s simpleminded and kind father. He owns a joke shop and supports his daughter in spite of everything else. He also loves his wife, Edna, very much.
Gender: Male, Age: 55 to 65
Vocal range top: A5, Vocal range bottom: A3

Prudy Pingleton – Penny’s strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded.
Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: D4

Ensemble – Corny Collins’ Kids (Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, Etc.); Students; Hookers; Protestors