Hairspray Audition Information

PLVCT’s production of HAIRSPRAY will be performed July 13-15 and 19-21, 2018 at the SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion. Auditions will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (7706 S. 96th St., La Vista) on Saturday, May 5th at 1:30 pm and Sunday, May 6th at 6:30 pm.  Those auditioning need only attend one session. Saturday attendees will enter on the south side of the building, lower level. Sunday attendees may use the main entrance on the east side of the building. Staff will be available to guide people to the proper doors.

Those auditioning should come prepared with 32 bars of music (about one minute) to sing.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please, no a cappella or recorded music.  For this show, we will also allow singing from the score of HAIRSPRAY and the music will be available.* Cool and comfortable clothes and shoes are suggested for the dance audition.**  Some auditioning may be asked for cold readings from the script or to sing from the score of HAIRSPRAY. College students who would like to be considered, but who will not be able to attend the live auditions, may arrange to submit video by contacting Jim McKain. High School students can typically use this event to fulfill required community service Civics hours.

Music rehearsals will begin on May 22nd and 23rd.  Staging/choreography rehearsals will begin Tuesday, May 29th.  Our regular rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons and Monday-Thursday evenings at Papillion-La Vista High School (also Friday 7/6).  There will not be rehearsal on July 3rd or 4th. The production moves into SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion on July 8th and opens July 12th with a preview/TAG night.  We ask everyone auditioning to please bring a list of any possible rehearsal conflicts to the auditions.  Not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal, but knowing conflicts aids in building an efficient rehearsal schedule. Given the ensemble nature of this show, rehearsal conflicts will be considered in detail in the casting process.

Director: Jim McKain

Music Director: Peter Klemp

Choreographer: Michelle Garrity



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Hairspray Character Information

Tracy Turnblad ‐ A pleasantly plump teenager with a big heart who has dreams 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! 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.” 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+

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: 35+

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.” Strong comedic skills required. Belt. 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.”  Comedic Villain. Belt. Stage Age: 16‐19

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. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Miss Baltimore Crabs”. Belt. 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. Performs in 7+ numbers including “It Takes Two.” Crooning 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.” Ends up in detention with Tracy. Falls in love with Penny. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Run And Tell That” and “Without Love” Dynamic singer/dancer.  Tenor. Stage Age: 16‐19

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.” Soulful 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.” Belt. 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, but each must be a soulful solo featured singer. Will also double in ensemble numbers.  Stage Age: Teens to 20+

Council Members ‐ Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show. Perform in 6+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Stage Age: 16‐19

Baltimore Students ‐ Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop. Perform in 6+ numbers including “Welcome to the 60’s”, “Run and Tell That” and “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, Corny Collins show 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+

A few other Ensemble roles may also be available.  TBD

Hairspray and Ethnicity and Body Types

In general, you have to physically “look the part” to play a theatrical role. A strong component of the Hairspray story revolves around race in the 1960’s, as well as specific body types and ages. Through its often silly story, Hairspray ultimately teaches a story that all our differences are what makes life rich and that those differences should be celebrated; not be the source of division. To accurately tell this fun and meaningful story, we will be seeking authenticity in the following specific physical attributes for certain characters:




Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre is an Equal Opportunity organization and encourages every one of all races and sizes to audition for age appropriate roles. Hairspray is fairly unique in its specificity for ethnicity and body type. Most of our productions are non‐specific.


Teen Note: “Student” or “Council Member” roles are intended for stage age of 16‐19 years old. Stage age is the age you look on stage. That means you must look like you are a high school student to play these roles. Cast members may be as young as 15 or as old as 30-something to achieve this goal.


Audition Songs: For these auditions, you have your choice of bringing a prepared piece to sing which requires memorizing the song and bringing the sheet music for the piano accompanist to play with you. You will not perform the entire song, but about a one minute selection from it that you feel best showcases your voice. The other choice is to sing a selection from the show Hairspray where we will have all the music available and you can just come and sing without having to locate sheet music. These Hairspray songs are available for this option:


Good Morning Baltimore

From the 2:42 mark to the end beginning with “Oh oh oh don’t make me wait one more moment…”


Run And Tell That   2:14 to 2:42 beginning with “I’m tired of cov’rin up all my pride…”


I Know Where I’ve Been   1:20 to 2:22 beginning with “There’s a road we’ve been travelln’…”



Run and Tell That   :25 to 1:03 beginning with “I can’t see why people look at me…”


Without Love   :19 to 1:06 beginning with “Once I was a selfish fool…”