Auditions for HAIRSPRAY are Wednesday, January 5 at 7pm and Sunday, January 9 at 1pm at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale, Detroit, MI 48223
For information: 313-835-1103
Just come with your favorite song and comfortable clothes. We’ll have you up dancing and reading from the script. The show calls for a large cast, particularly young adults between 14 and 30 years of age.
The principal characters are described as follows:
Tracy Turnblad: A “pleasantly plump” teenager who dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins Show.
Edna Turnblad: Tracy’s kind, plussized mother – traditionally played by a man.
Amber Von Tussle: Bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show.
Velma Von Tussle: Amber’s scheming mother and producer of The Corny Collins Show.
Penny Pingleton: Tracy’s slightly dorky, devoted and perky best friend.
Link Larkin: A teenage heartthrob who falls for Tracy.
Motormouth Maybelle: The host of “Negro Day” on The Corny Collins Show, self-described as “big, blonde, and beautiful”.
Seaweed J. Stubbs: A hip “Negro Day” dancer and son of Motormouth Maybelle.
Wilbur Turnblad: Tracy’s goofy father who owns the Har-De-Har Hut joke shop.
Corny Collins: Cocky host of The Corny Collins Show.
Little Inez: Seaweed’s younger sister.
Prudy Pingleton: Penny’s overprotective and close-minded mother.
Mr. Pinky: owner of Mr. Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway.
The musical is full of wonderful tunes such as “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”
While the sounds of Motown, Elvis, and Lesley Gore are apparent, Hairspray has its own modern feel. One critic wrote: “Hairspray is as sweet as a show can be without promoting tooth decay.” However, its theme of the struggle with prejudice and discrimination towards African Americans and overweight people give it a serious edge.
Hairspray began as a 1988 film by John Waters, gaining only modest commercial success in its initial theatrical release. However, it managed to attract a larger audience on home video in the 1990s and became a cult classic. In 2002, Hairspray was adapted into a Broadway musical and which won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2003.
Several people have asked me via twitter and facebook about performance dates. Hairspray performance days will be:
- Friday, March 18
- Saturday, March 19
- Sunday matinee, March 20
- Friday March 25
- Saturday, March 26
- Sunday, March 27
- Friday, April 1
- Saturday matinee, April 2