Actress needed as a Dynamite for Hairspray

We are seeking an actress that can play one third of the dynamic Musical trio, iconic of the Motown era and the 1960's-we are creating The Supremes- 

for our current production of Hairspray.

Special auditions are being held this Saturday January 13  beginning at 9:30am. Please see the character description for the Dynamites included in this packet.

Location: Metcalf Junior High School located at 2250 Diffley Road in Burnsville/Eagan.  Enter through the set of four glass doors across the front of the square building.

HAIRSPRAY Directed by Dayna Railton, Vocally Directed by Christine Wade,

and Choreographed by Krin McMillen

Auditions for the musical HAIRSPRAY are by appointment only.  

Please contact Megan Gooden at [email protected] for an appointment



Please bring a current headshot and your theatre resume. Fill out the three audition forms (main, vocal and dance) that are provided for you when you make your appointment.


Prepare a portion of a song from the assortment that we have listed by character, located at the end of this packet.  If you would like to be considered for any particular character, know that we are looking for YOUR creation of the character during your song, so be sure to be in character. We will provide the music, no acapella singing will be accepted as an audition piece.  No prepared monologue is required.

Dance audition will also happen on Saturday

Please dress for dance movement, HAIRSPRAY is a heavy dance show, so please dress accordingly for auditions. 

Please use your personal calendar to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at the time of the audition may not be honored.




Rehearsals begin on January 10th, 2018, from 6:30-9:30pm on weeknights, and will continue to run January 11th-March 15 . Some weekend rehearsals may be required.  Performances are weekends March 16th-25th, with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 7:30pm & Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. All shows will take place at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. The majority of the rehearsals are at Metcalf Junior High School, all tech rehearsals are at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.



The message of inclusivity, equality and the fight for civil rights has taken on a freshly urgent tone in the Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY!

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized, teenager Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put into detention with the African-American students at school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and Tracy’s new-found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show!! Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. Tracy faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma, and her popular – but vicious – daughter, Amber.

With the help of the teenage heartthrob Link, host Corny Collins, and Motormouth Maybelle (the host of ‘Negro Day’), Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission to integrate The Corny Collins Show. Tony Award winning Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today, not only because of its wit and charm, but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and the societal progress that it portrays. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.


The creative team is casting forty parts (ages 15-50’s).  These include eleven principal roles (6 female, 5 male), plus an ensemble of twenty-nine individuals who play various roles. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition and all roles are open.



Tracy Turnblad:

Vocals: Mezzo‐Belt   Stage Age: 16‐19

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!   




Edna Turnblad:

Vocals: Tenor   Stage Age: 40+

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 Fienstein on Broadway, and John Travolta in the movie.  Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman, she is all woman!  Just, you know, with a distinctive voice.  This drag role requires a strong comic male performer who is ready for his inner woman to take the spotlight. Performs in 5+ numbers including “You're Timeless to Me.”  


Wilbur Turnblad:

Vocals: Baritone   Stage Age: 40+

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.”  


Corny Collins:

Vocals: Tenor   Stage Age: 25+

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 of racial integration. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Nicest Kids in Town” and “Hairspray.”  


Penny Pingleton:

Vocals: Mezzo-Belt    Stage Age: 16‐19

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.”  


Amber Von Tussle:

Vocals: Mezzo-Belt   Stage Age: 16‐19

A 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.”  


Velma Von Tussle:

Vocals: Mezzo-Belt   Stage Age: 40+

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”.  


Link Larkin:

Vocals: Crooning Baritone   Stage Age: 16‐21

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.”  





Motormouth Maybelle:

Vocals: Soulful Alto     Stage Age: 40+

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.”  


Seaweed J. Stubbs:

Vocals: Tenor    Stage Age: 16‐19

Motormouth Maybelle’s son and a talented dancer on The Corny Collins Show, but only allowed to perform on the show on “Negro Day.”  Ends up in detention with Tracy.  Falls in love with Penny.  Performs in 4+ numbers including “Run and Tell That.”  


Little Inez:

Vocals: Mezzo- Belt    Stage Age: 13‐15

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.  Performs in 3+ numbers including “Run and Tell That.”  


The Dynamites (Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna):

Vocals: Three-part Harmony      Stage Age:  25+

Talented black vocal trio (think The Supremes).   Featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony.  May double for other ensemble roles like 'Cindy Watkins,' etc.  


Council Members (Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann):

Vocals: All        Stage Age: 16-19

Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show.  Perform in 5+ numbers including “Nicest Kids in Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”


Other Students (Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad):

Vocals: All      Stage Age: 16-19

Kids that we find in detention, and most are also found in Motormouth Maybelle's record shop.  Perform in 4+ numbers including “Welcome to the 60’s” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”  


Female Authority Figures (Prudy Pingleton, Gym Teacher, Prison Matron):

Vocals: TBD     Stage Age:  40+

These roles are often shared roles played by one cameo female performer.  Stage Age: 40+


Male Authority Figure (Harriman F. Spritzer, Principal, Mr. Pinky):

Vocals: TBD      Stage Age: 40+

These roles are often shared roles played by one cameo male performer.  


Ensemble roles may also be available, to be determined by the artistic staff.


All information is subject to change!







In general, you have to physically “look the part” to play a theatrical role.  A strong component of the story of HAIRSPRAY very specifically revolves around race in the 1960's, as well as very specific body types and ages.  


It is our goal to have the following physical characteristics appear* on the Lakeville Area Arts Center stage to forward an honest telling of the story:

  • Black/African‐American
  • White/Caucasian
  • Plus‐sized (Pleasantly plump!)
  • Notably slimmer than plus‐sized


*“Appear” means that you naturally look the part – we will not be using make‐up to modify ethnicity nor costuming to dramatically alter body type except for the drag role of Edna Turnblad.


Several roles in the play do not call for a specific ethnicity or body type. The Play’s the Thing Productions is an Equal Opportunity organization and encourages everyone of all races and sizes to audition for all age appropriate roles.  HAIRSPRAY is fairly unique in its specificity for ethnicity and body type. Most TPTT productions are totally non‐specific!


Characters That Appear White:

Tracy and Edna Turnblad

Penny Pingleton

Velma and Amber von Tussle

Corny Collins

Council Members

Male and Female Authority Figures


Characters That Appear Black:

Seaweed J. Stubbs

Motormouth Maybelle

Little Inez

The Dynamites (Judine, Kamila, Shayna)


Cindy Watkins        




Characters That Appear Plus‐sized:

Tracy and Edna Turnblad  

Motormouth Maybelle      


Characters That Appear Notably Thinner Than Plus‐sized:

Velma and Amber von Tussle



Council Members Teen Note: “Student” or “Council Member” roles are intended for stage ages 16‐19 years old.  Stage age is the age that you look on stage.  That means you must look like you are a Junior or Senior in high school


Little Inez is the only exception.  

You must be at least 11 years old as of the first day of auditions in order to audition for Little Inez.

To receive an audition appointment and the audition prep for Hairspray, email [email protected],



Contact information

The Play's the Thing Productions
Megan Gooden
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