Hairspray Audition Info

Synopsis

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized, teenage Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. Tracy faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma, and her popular, but vicious, daughter, Amber. With the help of the teenage heartthrob Link, host Corny Collins, and Motormouth Maybelle (the host of ‘Negro Day’), Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission to integrate The Corny Collins Show. Tony Award-winning Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today, not only because of its wit and charm, but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and progress that it portrays. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.

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Cast Breakdown

Character Description
Tracy Turnblad: (mezzo, belt) Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. A “pleasantly plump” teenager who dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show. Girls of all shapes and sizes will be considered for this role.
Edna Turnblad: (second tenor/baritone or female contralto) Tracy's kind, plus-sized mother – typically played by a male. Edna runs a laundry business out of her home. A working class, devoted, loving housewife with dreams of her own. Sincere, not campy.
Amber Von Tussle: (female soprano) Bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show, despite her lack of talent. She is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant.
Velma Von Tussle: (mezzo belt) A former beauty queen, Amber’s mother, and producer of the local TV teen dance show. Upscale, attractive, prejudiced snob who always wants her daughter in the spotlight. Funny, biting, manipulative.
Penny Pingleton: (female mezzo, belt) Tracy's slightly dorky, devoted, neurotic and perky best friend.
Link Larkin: (male second tenor/baritone) A teenage heartthrob and one of The Corny Collins Show Council Members who falls in love with Tracy.
Motormouth Maybelle: (female alto or male counter tenor, or second tenor/baritone) The owner of a downtown record shop and a host on The Corny Collins Show; self-described as "big, blonde and beautiful.” Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. Powerful and inspiring, with an infectious, brassy personality. African American.
Seaweed J. Stubbs: (male tenor) A hip dancer. His dance lessons help Tracy get chosen for the local TV teen dance show. Cool, attractive, street smart, goodhearted. Son of Motormouth Maybelle who becomes Penny’s boyfriend. African American.
Wilbur Turnblad: (male baritone) Tracy’s goofy father; owns the Har-De- Har Hut joke shop and is still madly in love with his wife, Edna. He encourages Tracy to follow her dreams. A working class inventor with a sweet, childlike personality. Adores his family.
Corny Collins: (male tenor) Host of the local TV teen dance show. Handsome, charming, engaging, smooth.
Little Inez: (high mezzo belt) Seaweed's younger sister, who tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. African American.
Female Authority Figure: The Matron guarding The Big Dollhouse, the Gym Teacher, and Prudy Pingleton: Penny's overprotective and often close-minded mother. May be played by one or several actresses. (Think "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.")
Male Authority Figure: One actor plays various zany roles including a nervous businessman; a condescending high school principal; a flamboyant fashion boutique owner; a cop; and a corrupt prison guard. May be played by one or several actors. (Think "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.")
Mr. Pinky (male baritone) Owner of Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway (dress shop).
The Dynamites: 3 sassy singer/dancers, inspired by the Supremes.
The Corny Collins Dancers (8 Roles): IQ, Shelly, Brenda, Sketch, Fender, Tammy, Lou Ann, Brad
Ensemble: to play high school students and citizens of Baltimore, all races, all types.