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! You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance.

Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday, Jan. 21 and 22 at 7:30 PM. Bring sheet music for 16 bars of a musical theatre song that best displays your vocal talent. An accompanist will be provided. No electronic devices for playing music will be permitted at the auditions. Please do not sing a song from the show. Dress comfortably for movement. Readings will be done at a separate time. The director will see ages ranging from high school to adult.  

Save time in line ~ download your Hairspray audition form here!

Hairspray runs May 11-26 and is under the direction of Cindy Flach with musical direction by Greg Boatwright and choreography by Heather Stokes.

All roles are available. The description and vocal range as provided by MTI is below.

Tracy Turnblad
Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist, she is large and in charge. Confident, talented, and incredibly determined. A romantic with a good heart and desire to cut up the dance floor. Always on top of the latest trends. Gender: Female; Age: 15 to 20; Vocal range G3 to G5

Corny Collins
The charismatic host of the Corny Collins’ Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera. Gender: Male; Age: 25 to 35; Vocal range D3 to A4

Edna Turnblad
Tracy’s big and blonde mother. She is a working housewife who has lost her confidence and dream to be a plus-size clothing designer. Boisterous and commanding. Played by a male in drag. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 50; Vocal range F3 to G5

Penny Pingleton
Tracy’s best friend and dorky sidekick. Not the brightest girl, but she has good intentions. Bursting to get free of her mother’s dominating control, she falls for Seaweed with childlike curiosity. Gender: Female; Age: 15 to 20; Vocal range A3 to G5

Velma Von Tussle
Amber’s mother and the director of Corny Collin’s show. She is a devious taskmaster and snobby racist. The former Miss Baltimore Crabs will go to any length to ensure her daughter is the next big thing. Gender: Female; Age: 45 to 55; Vocal range G3 to E5

Amber Von Tussle
Link’s girlfriend and Tracy’s nemesis. She is pretty, thin, shallow, snobby, and racist. Can’t dance but is expected to win Miss Baltimore Hairspray. Always feels the need to be the center of attention. Gender: Female; Age: 15 to 20; Vocal range A3 to F5

Link Larkin
The star heartthrob on Corny Collins’ show. He is extremely attractive and talented. Hoping to get his big break with a recording contract, he unexpectedly falls for Tracy. Gender: Male; Age: 15 to 20; Vocal range G3 to A5

Seaweed J. Stubbs
Tracy’s classmate and friend, who is discriminated against due to his skin color. He is cocky but surprisingly lovable. Talented in song and dance. He falls for Penny. Gender: Male; Age: 15 to 20; Vocal range F3 to D5

Little Inez

Motormouth Maybelle
Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother, she also appears as the Guest DJ on the Corny Collin’s Negro Day show. Big, blonde, beautiful and proud of it. She is sassy and confident. Gender: Female; Age: 40 to 50; Vocal range F3 to E5

Wilbur Turnblad
Tracy’s simpleminded and kind father. He owns a joke shop and supports his daughter in spite of everything else. He also loves his wife, Edna, very much. Gender: Male; Age: 55 to 65; Vocal range A3 to A5

Prudy Pingleton
Penny’s strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded. Gender: Female; Age: 40 to 50; Vocal range D4 to B4

We need a wide variety of ensemble members who will dance and sing their way through the show!


Columbia Stage Society's Town Theatre