Auditions – Hairspray

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Auditions for the fabulous musical HAIRSPRAY are this Saturday! Check out the post below for details. Hope to see you there! Auditions for our biggest show of the year will be on Saturday December 2!

Krevsky Production Center – 513 Hurlock St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

OPEN CALL: Saturday, December 2: 1pm-4pm (must arrive and be signed up by 3:30pm)
CALLBACKS: (by invitation only) from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, December 3

Please prepare:
32 bars (or approximately 1 to 1.5 minute) of a song in the style of the show
-Songs from the show and popular music that reflects the time period are fine.
-Please bring sheet music in the correct key
-An accompanist will be provided
Some auditionees may be asked to learn a dance combination for Sunday’s callbacks. There will be someone on-site Saturday to teach the dance so that you may practice it in advance of the callback. Please bring clothing you are able to move in. You will be able to learn the dance after you have finished your singing audition.

Sundays and 3 to 4 weeknights each week. Rehearsals will begin February and will be scheduled around actors’ conflicts as much as possible. Also, not every actor will be called to every rehearsal. However, it is important to limit incidental conflicts such as can be avoided. Please bring all of your conflicts from February – April to be listed on your audition form to aid in rehearsal scheduling should you be offered and accept a role.

About the Show:
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!

Seeking black actors and white actors to play named roles, seeking actors of any ethnicity to fulfill ensemble roles.

Tracy Turnblad
Female, white, (ideally 5’5 or shorter), ages 15-28 to play high school age. Strong plus size teen with aspirations to change the world – optimistic. Strong actress with a natural genuine likability. Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. Strong theatre/pop belt singer and great mover. Vocal range G3-G5

Corny Collins
Male, white, ages 25-40. The charismatic host of the Corny Collin’s Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera. Vocal range D3-A4

Edna Turnblad
Male to play female, white, large physique. Sincere and honest, not camp drag. Strong acting and comic ability a must. 60’s Baltimore housewife, “larger-than-life” character actor with singing ability to convincingly play mother of Tracy. May wear a fat suit and must be able to move in heels. Simple dance/movement required. Vocal range F3-G5

Penny Pingleton
Female, white, ages 15-28 to play high school age. Ditzy, neurotic, devoted best friend of Tracy. Good sense of comedic timing with good physique. Strong high belt-contemporary theatre/pop voice. Must be a good mover. Vocal range A3-G5

Velma Von Tussle
Female, white, 35-50, may look younger. Female, former beauty queen. Plays Amber’s mother. Big fish in a small pond – domineering – stage mother. Upscale, attractive, and prejudiced snob who always wants her daughter in the spotlight. Strong actress who has poise and good sense of her body and a strong singing voice. Simple dance/movement required. Vocal range G3-E5

Amber Von Tussle
Female, white, ages 15-28 to play high school age – Tracy’s nemesis. Strong dancer/singer/actress who can play bratty, popular, spoiled princess who gets her way. Must be a strong dancer. Vocal range A3-F5

Link Larkin
Male, white, ages 15-28 to play high school age. Handsome, sexy, clean-cut, goodhearted, down to-earth. The heartthrob of the local TV teen dance show. Strong pop singer and strong dancer. Vocal range G3-A5

Seaweed J. Stubbs
Male, black, ages 15-28 to play high school age. Penny’s boyfriend. Cool, sexy, street smart, goodhearted. Good actor with strong young masculine presence. Strong, soulful, tenor pop singer and great mover. Vocal range F3-D5

Little Inez
Female, black, ages 10-18 to play 10-14ish, Seaweed’s lovable little sister. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. Must be able to move very well – May double as one of the Dynamites. Soulful voice with strong belt.

Motormouth Maybelle
Female, black, 35-55. Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. Queen of Baltimore Soul, a radio DJ. Powerful and inspiring, with infectious, brassy personality. Strong, soulful, gospel/pop singer – old school gospel diva, voice is very important. 60’s cool and hip – liberal – part of civil rights movement. Strong actress with ability to convey depth and light-heartedness. Minimal movement required. Vocal range F3-E5

Wilbur Turnblad
Male, white, 40-55. Working class inventor. Tracy’s Father. Sweet, goofy, childlike personality. Funny, good character singer. Vocal range A3-A5

Female Authority Figure
Female, white, 35-50. Plays several roles including Prudy Pingleton (Penny’s strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded), a sadistic Gym Teacher, and the prison matron. Must be comedic and a true chameleon. Vocal range D4-B4

Male Authority Figure
Male, white, 25-50. Plays several roles including the roles of Harrison Spritzer (owner of Ultra Clutch Cosmetics, the sponsor of The Corny Collins Show), a high school principal, Mr. Pinky (owner of the Hefty Hideaway), and a prison guard. Must be comedic and able to assume characters easily, a true chameleon. Ability to sing with the ensemble is needed for this role.

The Dynamites
Female, black, 15-35. Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna – Talented vocal trio (a la The Supremes). Featured in many numbers and usually in tight harmonies. Will likely double in other ensemble roles, so ability to play high school age is a plus.

Council Members
15-28 to play high school age, Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelly IQ, and Lou Ann – must be good singers and strong dancers.

15-28 to play high school age. Seeking any ethnicity to play high school students (also may double as workers in the Hefty Hideaway, female prisoners, and protesters). Must be good singers and good movers.

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