Hairspray Audition Information

Centre Stage Main Stage Production

Director – Glenda ManWaring

Music Director – Hank Hinnant

Choreographer – Kimberlee Ferreira


Location – Centre Stage, 501 River Street, Greenville, SC 29601

Sunday, October 2  from 3:00 – 9:00pm

3:00 – 5:00       Tracy, Edna, Wilbur, Penny Pingleton, Prudy Pingleton, Link, Amber, Velma

5:00 – 7:00       Corny Collins, Motormouth Mabel, Seaweed, Little Inez, The Dynamites

7:00 – 9:00       The Corny Collins Dancers (council members), Others

Callbacks - Monday, October 3 from 7:00 – 10:00pm

April 12,13,14,18,19,20,21,25,26,27,28 @ 8pm
April 14,15,21,22,28,29 @ 3pm

Rehearsals will be held on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning on February 20, 2012. Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal. If you are unable to make all the performances, we will be unable to cast you in this production-duh!

Please send an email to to schedule your appointment. An audition confirmation e-mail will be sent. Audition appointments by e-mail are preferred, but if you do not have access to e-mail call Centre Stage at 864-233-6733, ext. 14 and leave a message. Please be specific as to the time and role/s you would like to schedule your appointment.  If you cannot make the audition dates, please contact Glenda for an additional time.

All roles are open to audition. Those auditioning must be 16 years or older (with the exception of Little Inez – auditioners for that role should be 10+) and should be prepared to sing from the show or in the style of the show. Auditioners will also be asked to perform a brief dance combination that will be taught at the audition. Please supply sheet music if your audition selection is not from HAIRSPRAY. Accompaniment will be provided.

Vocal Selections from HAIRSPRAY to be used for audition:

Good Morning Baltimore, The Nicest Kids in Town, Mama, I’m a big Girl Now, I Can Hear the Bells, It Takes Two,

Welcome to the 60’s, Run and Tell That, Big, Blonde and Beautiful, Timeless to Me, Without Love, I know Where I’ve Been

You Can’t Stop the Beat

HAIRSPRAY is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. HAIRSPRAY is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. 


Tracy Turnblad - A "pleasantly plump" teenager, who dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show.  Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality.  Loves to dance.  Females of all shapes and sizes will be considered for this role.  Belt, Mezzo, Vocal Range:  G below middle C to E above C.

Edna Turnblad - Tracy's kind, plus-sized mother - a drag role.  Edna runs a laundry business out of her home.  A working class, devoted, loving housewife with dreams of her own.  Sincere, not campy.  Tenor, Vocal Range:  F below middle C to E above C

Amber Von Tussle - 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. Belt, Vocal Range:middle C to F above C

Velma Von Tussle - A former beauty queen, Amber's scheming mother and producer of The Corny Collins Show, who pushes her daughter to seek the stardom that she never had.  Upscale, attractive, biting, manipulative, prejudiced snob.  Belt, Vocal Range:   G below middle C to E above C

Penny Pingleton - Tracy's slightly dorky, devoted, neurotic and perky best friend.   Belt, Vocal Range: middle C to G above C

Link Larkin - A teenage heartthrob and one of The Corny Collins Show Council Members, who falls in love with Tracy. Baritone, Vocal Range:  E below middle C to G above middle C

Motormouth Maybelle - The owner of a downtown record shop and the host of "Negro Day" on The Corny Collins Show, self-described as "big, blonde and beautiful".  Seaweed and Little Inez's mother.  Powerful and inspiring, singer with an infectious, brassy personality. Alto, Vocal Range: A below middle C to E above C

Seaweed J. Stubbs - A hip "Negro Day" dancer and the son of Motormouth Maybelle who falls in love with Penny.  His dance lessons help Tracy get chosen for the local TV teen dance show.  Cool, attractive, street smart, goodhearted.  Becomes Penny's boyfriend. Tenor, Vocal Range: G below middle C to B above middle C

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.  A working class inventor with a sweet, childlike personality.  Adores his family. Baritone, Vocal Range: G below C to e above middle C

Corny Collins - The handsome, charming, engaging, smooth and cocky host of The Corny Collins Show.  No age limitations - just needs to act young enough for teens to think he is "cool". Tenor, Vocal Range:  D below middle C to above middle C

Little Inez - 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. Belt, Vocal Range: middle C to E above C

Female Authority - The Matron guarding The Big Dollhouse; the Gym Teacher; and Prudy Pingleton, Penny's overprotective and often close-minded mother.  Could be played by one or more actors. Vocal Range: A below middle C to G above middle C

Male Authority Figure - Mr. Pinky, owner of Mr. Pinky's Hefty Hideaway who gives Tracy and Edna a makeover; Principal of Patterson Park High School; and Mr. Harriman F. Spritzer, the President of Ultra Clutch.

The Dynamites - 3 sassy singer/dancers, inspired by the Supremes. Tight harmony, girl group . Vocal Range:  G below middle C to A above C


The Pinkets – 4 women working in Mr. Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway.  Vocal Range:  G below middle C to A above C


The Corny Collins Dancers and Council Members - IQ, Shelly, Brenda, Sketch, Fender, Tammy, Lou Ann, Brad.  Need to be able to sing and dance. Vocal Range:  Various


Ensemble – Need to play high school students and citizens of Baltimore.  Vocal Range:  various

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