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Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters

Performance dates:
June 12- 28, 2015

Audition Date:
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Auditions will be cold readings from the script, as well as vocal and movement auditions.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary (musical theatre) up-tempo piece. An accompanist will be provided. No recorded accompaniment permitted.

Also, wear clothing and shoes you are able to dance in and be prepared to learn and perform a short piece of choreography from the show.

The Plot:
The 1950's are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of 8 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!

Character Breakdown
On the surface, Hairspray is an over-the-top homage to the days of yesteryear. It is also, however, a poignant piece of social commentary on racial relations in the 1960’s. Due to this fact, the cast of Hairspray is split between only two ethnicities – Caucasian and African-American.

Characters Who are Caucasian:
Tracey Turnblad, Edna Turnblad, Wilbur Turnblad, Link Larkin, Velma Von Tussle, Amber Von Tussle, Penny Pingleton, Corny Collins, “The Nicest Kids in Town (Brad, Tammy, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ ,Lou Ann), Harriman F. Spritzer, Prudy Pingleton, Principal & Gym Teacher

Characters Who are African-American:
Seaweed J. Stubbs, Motormouth Maybelle, Little Inez, The Dynamites, Seaweed’s Friends (Duane, Gilbert, Lorraine, Thad)

Principal Roles:

Tracey Turnblad Female (Vocal Part: Mezzo, Vocal Range: G below middle C to E above C, Age Range: 18-30’s)
Tracy Turnblad, a large girl with big hair and a big heart, has only one passion – to dance! Against her mother’s will, Tracy skips school one day and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, The Corny Collins Show and is quickly transformed into a teen icon. She then sets out to vanquish the program's reigning princess (Amber Von Tussle), win the heart of the super-handsome Link Larkin, and racially integrate the television show.

Edna Turnblad Played by a Male in Drag (Vocal Part: Tenor, Vocal Range: F below middle C to E above C, Age Range: 35-50)
Edna is Tracy’s mother who owns and operates her own laundry mat from home. She tends to be down on herself and life in general, so she eats to soothe her troubles. Edna is a loving mother and wife and only wants what’s best for her family. She won’t let anyone hurt her beloved daughter.

Wilbur Turnblad Male (Vocal Part: Baritone, Vocal Range: G below C to E above middle C, Age Range: 30’s-55)
As Tracy’s supportive father, Wilbur wants nothing more than for his daughter to pursue her dreams. As proud owner and operator of the Har-De-Har Hut, he knows what it means to follow your dreams, and dream big. He tries to balance Edna’s discouragement with his good humor, but sometimes it can be difficult. Wilbur is willing to do anything for his family and friends - including bailing all of the women out of jail! Wilbur may be on the lighter side, but he has a huge heart.

Link Larkin Male (Vocal Part: Baritone, Vocal Range: E below middle C to G above middle C, Age Range: 18-30’s)
Link is the teen idol. He stars on The Corny Collins Show, and attends high school with Tracy in Baltimore. Link is that special lady’s man who excels in athletics, is charismatic, and brightens the room with his smile. Amber is his girlfriend at the beginning of the show but as the show progresses Tracey wins his heart and teaches him to be more open to diversity.

Penny Pingleton Female (Vocal Part: Belt, Vocal Range: middle C to G above C, Age Range: 16-30’s)
Penny is Tracy’s perky best friend and biggest supporter. She has a fondness for sweets and secretly desires to rebel against her overprotective mother. Penny encourages Tracy to fight for her dreams, even though she initially lacks the bravery to follow her own passions. Penny is all for integration – as long as her mother doesn’t find out. Penny falls for Seaweed and eventually throws her inhibitions aside and lets her love be known!

Corny Collins Male (Vocal Part: Tenor, Vocal Range: D below middle C to A above middle C, Age Range: 30-45)
You wouldn’t have much of a Corny Collins Show without Corny himself! Corny is the host of his own hit show which is an upbeat TV series featuring the “nicest kids in town.” He and Velma (the show’s producer) don’t always see eye to eye on things, but he makes sure to remind her that he’s in charge. Corny is, well… corny about everything and he is able to sell just about anything to anyone - including hairspray!

Seaweed J. Stubbs Male (Vocal Part: Tenor, Vocal Range: G below middle C to B above middle C, Age Range: 18-30’s)
Seaweed is the leading man for The Corny Collins Show on Negro Day. His stylish dance moves and attractive personality help to inspire Tracy’s desire for integration. Seaweed is the light-hearted guy that everyone likes and is never quick to judge anyone else. He’s smooth and very popular within his group. Seaweed attends high school with Link, Tracy, and Penny.

Velma Von Tussle Female (Vocal Part: Belt, Vocal Range: G below middle C to E above C, Age Range: 30-50)
Velma produces The Corny Collins Show and is in charge of casting the show. She is a firm believer that thin is beautiful. Velma is the proud mother of Amber Von Tussle and she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure her daughter attains the stardom that Velma never had. Velma is a scheming career and fame-driven woman.

Amber Von Tussle Female (Vocal Part: Belt, Vocal Range: middle C to F above C, Age Range: 16-30’s)
Amber is Velma’s daughter and in spite of her lack of talent has achieved success on The Corny Collins Show thanks to her mom being the producer. Amber and Link are “an item” and she wants to make sure that the other girls stay far away. Amber is the same age as Tracy and Link, but acts as if she is superior to all the rest of the “nicest kids in town,” because after all, her mother is the producer. Did we mention that her mother is the producer?

Motormouth Maybelle Female (Vocal Part: Alto, Vocal Range: A below middle C to E above C, Age Range: 30’s-55)
Maybelle is all soul! She is the mother of Seaweed and Lil’ Inez and hosts Negro Day on The Corny Collins Show. She also owns a record shop downtown. As the ultimate party-throwing hostess for the black community, she wants to make everyone around her feel welcome and comfortable. You can be sure that wherever Motormouth is, there will be good food, too! Maybelle is also an advocate for integration and helps Tracy get things started in the right direction for change.

Little Inez Female (Vocal Part: Belt, Vocal Range: middle C to E above C, Age Range: 16-19)
Lil’ Inez is Seaweed’s sister and Motormouth Maybelle’s daughter. She is small in stature, but has big dreams to one day be a part of The Corny Collins Show and to someday win the Miss Teenage Hairspray Competition - if she could just get noticed! With Tracy’s help, this lil’ girl gets her turn in the big spotlight, helping to integrate TV forever!

The Dynamites Females (Vocal Part: Various, Vocal Range: G below middle C to A above C, Age Range: 18-30’s)
The Dynamites are a talented and sassy group of women singers. Without them there wouldn’t be much of a Negro Day on The Corny Collins Show. They appear throughout the show at different times and slowly help to transform the world of closed-mindedness to a world of open-mindedness, and welcome us all to the 60’s!

Ensemble Males and Females (Vocal Part: Various, Age Range: 16-40’s)
The ensemble not only serves as the “Denizens of Baltimore,” but also serves as “The Nicest Kids in Town” on the Corny Collins Show (Brad, Tammy, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ ,Lou Ann) as well as Seaweed’s Friends (Duane, Gilbert, Lorraine, Thad ). Additionally, the show’s cameo roles (Prudy Pingleton, Mr. Pinky, Matron, Principal, Gym Teacher, Guard & Harriman F. Spritzer) are all roles filled by 2-3 ensemble members adept at multiple-character acting.

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville.
It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.


Theatre Jacksonville programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council,
the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Jacksonville, and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.