Audition Notice: Hairspray Jr.

Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman
Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Director: John Barker
Producer: Randi Saxer-Redman
Music Director: Benjamin Glasner
Choreographer: Lauren Rachel
Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday; January 22, 23, & 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Audition Location: 
Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008
Performance Dates: 
April 22 through April 30, 2017
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm & 5:00pm
Friday, April 28, at 7:00pm
Audition Requirements: 

Please come to auditions 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork and have your photo taken. Prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show.  An accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in the correct key, or a pre-recorded accompaniment without vocals. There will also be a movement audition, so please dress appropriately; bring jazz shoes and -- if auditioning for a featured dancer role -- bring tap shoes. You may also be asked to read from the script. Please bring a resume listing theatrical experience, and headshot/picture (do not send in advance). Cast members do not have to be the actual ages of the characters, but must be able to look age-appropriate, and act accordingly. Note: This is a community theater production; non-Equity, no pay.

Plot Summary: 

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY JR. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, HAIRSPRAY JR. is a show that celebrates diversity and brings audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor… It's 1962 -- and spunky, plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has one big dream: to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable! HAIRSPRAY JR. is filled with a host of parts for a wide cross-section of students and an abundance of energetic production numbers.  ~ RATED G

For More Information: 

Please contact producer Randi Saxer-Redman at

Character Breakdown: 
Tracy Turnblad – A pleasantly plump teenager with a big heart who has dreams of being a dancing star…sas 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,”ooI Can Hear The Bells,” and many more. It is truly a BIG role! 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 Harvey Fierstein on Broadway, and John Travolta in the movie, this drag role requires a strong comic male performer who is ready for his inner woman to take the spotlight. Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman, she is all woman! Just, you know, with a distinctive voice … Performs in 5+ numbers including “You’re Timeless To Me.”eTenor. 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.”eBaritone. Stage Age: 40+
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”iand “Hairspray.”aTenor. Stage Age: 25+
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.”iBelt. 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.”oBelt. Stage Age: 16-19
Velma von Tussle – Amber’s slim and attractive, but overbearing, mother who pushes her daughter to see stardom. Velma is the scheming producer of The Corny Collins Show who tries to steer it in the “white”hdirection. Her sensitivities are offended at the very sight of Tracy. A great villainess role. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Miss Baltimore Crabs.”iBelt. Stage Age: 40+
Link Larkin – Teenage heartthrob; aspiring young Elvis; and male lead dancer on The Corny Collins Show. Falls in love with Tracy (Amber is soooo jealous!). Council Member. Perform in 7+ numbers including “It Takes Two.”tCrooning Baritone. Stage Age: 16-21
Seaweed J. Stubbs - Motormouth Maybelle’s son and a talented dancer on The Corny Collins Show, but only allowed on “Negro Day.”eEnds up in detention with Tracy. Falls in love with Penny. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.”uTenor. Stage Age: 16-19
Motormouth Maybelle – The sassy Corny Collins “Negro Day”eDJ. 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”iand “I Know Where I’ve Been.”eSoulful Alto. 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.”uBelt. Stage Age: 13-15
The Dynamites – Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna: Talented black vocal trio a la The Supremes. Featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony. May double for other ensemble roles like Cindy Watkins, etc. 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”iand “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Stage Age: 16-19
Other Students – 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”eand “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Stage Age: 16-19
Female Authority Figure – The roles of Prudy Pingleton (Penny’s uptight mother); the sadistic gym teacher; and the prison matron are often played by one cameo performer. Stage Age: 40+
Male Authority Figure –  The roles of Harriman F. Spritzer (President of Ultra Clutch cosmetics, The Corny Collins Show’s sponsor); the high-blood pressure principal; and Mr. Pinky (owner of a plus-sized dress shop) are often played by one cameo performer. Stage Age: 40+
Other Ensemble roles may also be available.