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Directed by EG Engle
Sunday, March 13: 4 - 7 PM
Saturday, March 19: 10 AM - 1 PM
Auditions will be held at Workshop Theatre School of Performing Arts (635 Elmwood Ave)

Welcome to the 60's!

It's 1962, and spunky plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has one big dream -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her new-found power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable.

Hairspray Jr. is a fun and upbeat musical set in 1962 Baltimore that comes with an important message: that acceptance comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. This production has captured the hearts of millions because of its positive message and great music. Cast will be exploring ideas of civil rights and discrimination in context of a period of tremendous historical and social significance in the U.S show.

The 1950's are out and change is in the air! Hairspray Jr the family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs is adapted from the Original Broadway Version which won 8 TONY Awards including Best Musical.

Hairspray Jr will be directed by EG Engle and Asst. Director Sara Kate Calcutt, music direction by Jordan Harper, and choreography by Katie Hilliger.

Audition Dates: Sunday, March 13 (4:00-7:00PM) & Saturday, March 19, 2016 (10:00 AM - 1 PM)
Ages: 7- 18 years
Location: Workshop Theatre School of Performing Arts (635 Elmwood Ave)

Additional Details: The young performers will be asked to sing 16 bars of a select song from Hairspray, Jr. and will participate in a dance audition. Both the music and dance will be taught to the performers at auditions. Please be dressed to move - comfortable clothes and dance shoes or tennis shoes.

Callbacks will be held on Sunday, March 20 by email invitation only. Show will run June 23-26, 2016 with multiple shows on each day. Rehearsals will generally be Thursdays 6:00-7:30 PM & Saturday 1:00-4:00 PM through the end of May. June rehearsals will be weekdays 1:00 - 4:00 and Saturdays 9:00-Noon; 1:00-3:00. Rehearsals will increase in frequency the last three weeks before the show opens.

For each cast member, a participation Fee of $50 will be required by April 1, 2016.


Character Breakdowns
Tracy Turnblad: a young lady with big hair and an even bigger personality! She is the hero of our story and she is sweet but also strong in her convictions. She is bigger in size than the other girls, but she isn't shy about it - she can still dance with the best of them! Strong singing, dancing, and acting skills a must.

Corny Collins: the host of "The Corny Collins Show," is a Baltimore celebrity. Corny is a charmer. Corny should be both an experienced singer and actor.

Edna Turnblad: Tracy's loving mother who doesn't spend much time outside the house. She works days and nights as a laundress in her home, and her lack of social interaction has made her a bundle of nerves. Edna should be a proficient singer and be willing to sell it with strong character choices.

Wilbur Turnblad: Edna's loving husband and Tracy's supportive father who just wants the best for his girls.

Penny Pingleton: Tracy's fun and sheltered sidekick. She is a young lady caught between her mother's very strict rules and her own wants and desires to be just another teenage girl.

Prudy Pingleton: Penny's eccentric but loving mother, who wants the best for her daughter but is extreme in her means.

Amber Vontussle: is a prom queen nightmare! She is definitely "The Corny Collins Show" favorite, but she is competitive and has a bad attitude.

Velma Von Tussle: a carbon copy of Amber - just twenty years older and meaner! She is most concerned with making sure her daughter wins Miss Teenage Baltimore.

Link Larkin: Baltimore's biggest heart-throb, and Tracy's dream guy. Link is considered the best performer in town, a real triple threat! He should have a lot of charisma and a sparkle in his eye.

Seaweed J. Stubbs: the object of Penny's affections, and together, they are determined to defy the segregation laws of the 1960s. Seaweed can do it all!

Little Inez Stubbs: Seaweed's little sister and a great breakout role. Little Inez gets her moment in the spotlight. She has a quiet exterior but can and will be bold when the opportunity comes. Motormouth Maybelle: In this story, she is the face of the Civil Rights Movement and sings the beautiful anthem, "I Know Where I've Been."

The Dynamites (Judine, Kamilah and Shayna): a dynamic musical trio, iconic of the Motown era and the 1960s. Think the Supremes.

Mr. Pinky: owns a ladies' clothing shop and is a salesperson inside and out - he is always the first to give a compliment. Council Members: Brad, Tammy, Fender, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Brenda and Lou Ann are the famed teenage performers on "The Corny Collins Show." Great dancers and singers!

Ensemble: Other standout ensemble roles include-Gym Teacher, Cindy Watkins, Matron, Principal, Lorraine, Gilbert, Thad, Duane, Stooie, Beatnik Chick, Male Guard, Guard, Newscaster and Council Members.


For more information, please call Workshop Theatre at (803) 799-6551

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