- Auditions will be held for “Hairspray”, by Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan, and Mark O'Donnell, May 1st and 2nd, inside the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre at 201 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet. Callbacks will be Wednesday, May 3rd.
Auditions will be scheduled through WeJoinIn (click https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/fjjrx) and will consist of singing the selection (below) and dancing.
Information, song and scene selection for auditions and callbacks can be found in dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cdfa4uwq7wpkvgu/AACj1h3tp1IRRmlXJbZHrZTha?dl=0
Rehearsals tentatively scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday depending on availability and need. Weekend rehearsals will occur later in the production run. Cast will be expected to assist in promoting the show through selling tickets, selling ads, distributing posters, and other service hours through set construction and strike. For a look at the script ahead of time, go to our website and click on the suditions page.
Director - Tyler McMahon
Music Director - Mickey Carioto
Choreographer - Andie Langford
Asst. Choreographer - Meredith McGary
Co-Producers - Marty Kaspar and Michelle Heermann
HAIRSPRAY CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
TRACY TURNBLAD ‐ A pleasantly plump teenager with a big heart who hasdreams of being a dancing star … as soon as she's out of detention for her big hair. Tracy isn’t afraid to be herself and stand up for what she believes in. She must be friendly, relentless, and goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable personality and love to sing and dance. Tracy is on stage for a LOT of the show so she must have stamina and talent – she performs in 10+ numbers including “Good Morning Baltimore,” “I Can Hear The Bells,” and many more! It is truly a BIG role! Must be a good singer and dancer. Mezzo‐Belt Stage Age: 16‐19
EDNA TURNBLAD ‐ Tracy’s kind, plus‐sized mother; runs a laundry business out of her home but hasn't been out in a while. Played by man, this drag role requires a strong comic male performer who is ready for his inner woman to take the spotlight. But, Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman, she is all woman! Just, you know, with a distinctive voice. Tenor. Stage Age: 40+
WILBUR TURNBLAD ‐ Tracy’s goofy father, who 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. Performs in 2+ numbers including “You're Timeless To Me.” Baritone. Stage Age: 40+
MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE ‐ the sassy Corny Collins “Negro Day” DJ. Owner of a record store and mother to Seaweed and Little Inez. Plus‐sized, she helps Edna find pride in herself. Performs in 3+ numbers including “Big, Blonde & Beautiful” and “I Know Where I've Been.” Powerhouse singer. Soulful Alto. Stage age 40+
LINK LARKIN ‐ Teenage heartthrob, aspiring young Elvis, and male lead dancer on The Corny Collins Show. Falls in love with Tracy. Council Member. Performs in 7+ numbers including “It Takes Two.” Should be a good singer and
dancer. Crooning Baritone. Stage Age: 16‐21
PENNY PINGLETON ‐ Tracy's slightly dorky, but lovable best friend who is often by her side (when not grounded for life by her mother, Prudy). Falls head over heels for Seaweed. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now” and “Without Love.” Belt. Stage Age: 16‐19
SEAWEED J. STUBBS ‐ Motormouth Maybelle’s son and a talented dancer on The Corny Collins Show, but only allowed on “Negro Day.” Ends up in detention with Tracy. Falls in love with Penny. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.” Must be a Great singer and Dancer. Tenor. Stage Age: 16‐19
AMBER VON TUSSLE ‐ bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show. Her mother's daughter through and through, she is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Council Member. Performs in 7+ numbers including “Cooties.” Should be a good singer and dancer. Belt. Stage Age: 16‐19
CORNY COLLINS ‐ the exciting, confident dancing and singing host of his own TV dance show (think American Bandstand at its inception). Corny is in favor of Tracy and racial integration. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “Hairspray.” Tenor. Stage Age: 25+
VELMA VON TUSSLE – Amber's slim and attractive but overbearing mother who pushes her daughter to seek stardom. Velma is the scheming producer of The Corny Collins Show who tries to steer it in the “white” direction. Her sensitivities are offended at the very sight of Tracy. A great villainess role a true B***h but in a hate to love, love to hate way. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Miss Baltimore Crabs”. Would like a good mover. Belt. Stage Age: 40+
LITTLE INEZ – Seaweed's little sister and just as talented a dancer. Tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black by Velma. Performs in 3+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.” Good singer and dancer. Belt. Stage Age: 13‐15
THE DYNAMITES – Talented black vocal trio a la The Supremes. Featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony. They are three women but move as one. Should be very good singers and movers. Stage Age: 25+
COUNCIL MEMBERS ‐ Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann – Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show. Perform in 5+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” All must be good singers and dancers. Stage Age: 16‐19 All White Actors/Actresses
OTHER STUDENTS ‐ Cindy, Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad – Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth Maybelle's record shop. Perform in 4+ numbers including “Welcome to the 60’s” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Stage Age: 16‐19 All Black Actors/Actresses
FEMALE ENSEMBLE ROLES – Prudy Pingleton - Penny's uptight mother Gym Teacher - Stereotypically butch Prison Matron - No-nonsense but wise-cracking
MALE ENSEMBLE ROLES – Harriman F. Spritzer - President of Ultra Clutch Principal - High-strung
Mr. Pinky - Owner of a plus‐sized dress shop, very happy man. Note: “Student” or “Council Member” roles are intended for stage age 16‐19 years old. Stage age is the age you look on stage. That means you must look like you are a Junior or Senior in high school when you are on the stage.
Production dates are July 28, 29, and 30 and August 4, 5 ,and 6.. Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 PM, Sunday matinées at 2:00 PM, inside the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theater, located at 201 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet.
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