Hairspray Audition Information










November 27th - Vocal Auditions - 6:00pm - 9:30pm at the Glen Ridge Senior/Community/Train Center (228 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge)

Prepare 16-32 bars and register for a Vocal Audition appointment here: AUDITION APPOINTMENT

November 28th - Dance Auditions - 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Ridgewood Avenue School (235 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge)

Register for a Dance Audtion appointment here (Required for roles that need to dance or move well): AUDITION APPOINTMENT


If you are unable to attend the auditions, please submit a resume, headshot and video of your 16-32 bar vocal performance to by November 27th.

Call backs will be held on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm by appoinment.

Rehearsals occur weekdays typically 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm in (or near) Glen Ridge.  Rehearsal time commitment varies based on role - not all cast members are typically called to all rehearsals or for the full reherasal time until tech week.

Please read the character breakdowns below.  If you’re interested in a character that must dance or move well, you need to come to the dance audition.  ONLY those who come to the dance audition will be considered for those roles.

Hairspray Character Breakdown

Tracy Turnblad: (mezzo, belt) Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. A “pleasantly plump” teenager who dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show.  Girls of all shapes and sizes will be considered for this role. Must move well. (Dance experience a plus!)

Edna Turnblad: (second tenor/baritone or female contralto) Tracy's kind, plus-sized mother – typically played by a male. Edna runs a laundry business out of her home. A working class, devoted, loving housewife with dreams of her own. Sincere, not campy. Moves well.

Amber Von Tussle: (female soprano) Bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show, despite her lack of talent. She is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Must move well.

Velma Von Tussle: (mezzo belt) A former beauty queen, Amber’s mother, and producer of the local TV teen dance show. Upscale, attractive, prejudiced snob who always wants her daughter in the spotlight. Funny, biting, manipulative.

Penny Pingleton: (female mezzo, belt) Tracy's slightly dorky, devoted, neurotic and perky best friend. Moves well.

Link Larkin: (male second tenor/baritone) A teenage heartthrob and one of The Corny Collins Show Council Members who falls in love with Tracy. Must move well.

Motormouth Maybelle: (female alto or male counter tenor, or second tenor/baritone) The owner of a downtown record shop and a host on The Corny Collins Show; self-described as "big, blonde and beautiful.” Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. Powerful and inspiring, with an infectious, brassy personality. Black or African American. Must move well.

Seaweed J. Stubbs: (male tenor) A hip dancer. His dance lessons help Tracy get chosen for the local TV teen dance show. Cool, attractive, street smart, goodhearted. Son of Motormouth Maybelle who becomes Penny’s boyfriend. Black or African American. Must move well.

Wilbur Turnblad: (male baritone) Tracy’s goofy father; 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. A working class inventor with a sweet, childlike personality. Adores his family.

Corny Collins: (male tenor) Host of the local TV teen dance show. Handsome, charming, engaging, smooth. Moves well.

Little Inez: (high mezzo belt) Seaweed's younger sister, who tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. Black or African American. Must move well.

Prudy Pingleton: (female mezzo) Penny’s overprotective and often closed-minded mother.

Mr. Pinky: (male baritone) Owner of Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway (Dress shop)

Female Featured Ensemble Roles: One or several actresses to play various Authority Figure characters including The Matron guarding The Big Dollhouse (Prison); The HS Gym Teacher

Male Featured Ensemble Roles: One or several actors to play various zany roles including a nervous businessman; a condescending high school principal; a flamboyant fashion boutique owner; a cop; and a corrupt prison guard. May be played by one or several actors.

The Dynamites: 3 sassy singer/dancers, inspired by the Supremes. Black or African American. Must move well.

The Corny Collins Dancers: IQ, Shelly, Brenda, Sketch, Fender, Tammy, Lou Ann, Brad, Joey, Mikey, Vicki, Becky, Bix, Jesse, Darla, Pauline, Noreen, Doreen- Must Dance!

Ensemble: to play high school students and citizens of Baltimore, all races, all types. High school students must move well.