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Auditions for Hairspray

Johnson City Community Theatre
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Johnson City Community Theatre announces open auditions for HAIRSPRAY, the Big Fat Broadway hit musical!

Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction and Best Male and Female Lead to name a few, it's "Hairspray!" The year's '62 and Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad is going to do whatever it takes to dance her way onto TV's most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams--and even bigger hair--turn the whole town around and still have time to win the boy she loves? Don't miss this dancing, romancing musical-comedy treat based on John Waters' 1988 film classic, with a book by Mark O'Donnell and two-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan and a brand-new score by five-time Oscar-nominee Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Directed by: Jonathan Marin
Music Director: Brett McClusky
Assist. Director: Sydney Newsom
Stage Manager Ronan Costello

OPEN CALL: Monday, April 2nd Tuesday April 3rd
CALLBACKS: (by invitation only) Wednesday, April 4th

Audition requirements:

- 32 bars (or approximately 1 to 1.5 minute) of a song in the style of the show
- Sheet music in correct key or backing track is acceptable
- An accompanist will be provided
- There will be a dance portion of the audition, please bring clothing you are able to move in.

*Optional* - Comedic monologue no longer than one minute

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule:

Rehearsals will run April 9th - June 13th
Performances - 6/14, 6/15, 6/16, 6/21, 6/22 and 6/23 at 7:30pm, with a matinee on 6/17 **additional shows may be added**

April - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7pm-10pm
May - Additional Sunday rehearsals 6pm-10pm
Tech week - Saturday, June 9th

Please note that rehearsals will be scheduled around actors’ conflicts as much as possible. While every actor will not be called to every rehearsal, it is important to limit incidental conflicts such as can be avoided.

Please bring all of your conflicts from April 9th - June 24th to your audition form to aid in rehearsal scheduling should you be offered and accept a role.

All auditions at JCCT are open to the public and no show is pre-cast, no matter your age or experience we welcome you!

Seeking an inter-racial cast to play multiple roles including principals and ensemble


Tracy Turnblad
Female, white, (ideally 5’5 or shorter), high school age. Strong plus size teen with aspirations to change the world – optimistic. Strong actress with a natural genuine likability. Outgoing, unstoppable, good hearted 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 Collins 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, 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. 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, high school age – Tracy’s nemesis. Strong dancer/singer/actress who can play bratty, popular, spoiled princess who gets her way. Must be a good mover. Vocal range A3-F5

Link Larkin
Male, white, high school age. Handsome, sexy, clean-cut, good hearted, 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, high school age. Penny’s boyfriend. Cool, sexy, street smart, good-hearted. Good actor with strong young masculine presence. Strong, soulful, tenor pop singer and great mover. Vocal range F3-D5

Little Inez
Female, black, 10-14ish, Seaweed’s lovable little sister. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. Must be able to move very well – 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, 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
High school age, Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelly IQ, and Lou Ann -- Looking for good dancers

High school age. Seeking any ethnicity and may also may double as workers in the Hefty Hideaway, female prisoners, and protesters

Questions? Contact us at info@jccommunitytheatre.org