Audition notice posted by the WSC Production Manager
Casting notice posted on, casting location: Hartford, CT
WARNER THEATRE Main Stage Production
Director/Choreographer – Foster Evans Reese
Music Director – Aaron J. Bunel

Monday, August 29 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 30 @ 7:00pm

Thursday, September 1 @ 7:00pm

Performance Dates:
Saturday, November 5 @ 8pm
Sunday, November 6 @ 2pm
Friday, November 11 @ 8pm
Saturday, November 12 @ 8pm
Sunday, November 13 @ 2pm

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.

Rehearsals will be held on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning on September 6, 2011. Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal. There will be one midweek rehearsal on Thursday, November 10th. If you are unable to make all the performances and the midweek rehearsal, we will be unable to cast you in this production.

Please send an email to to schedule your appointment. An audition confirmation e-mail will be sent with full details on what will be expected at your audition. Audition appointments by e-mail are preferred, but if you do not have access to e-mail call the Warner Theatre Audition Line at 860-489-7180 ext.151. Please be specific as to the date you would like to schedule your appointment.

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. 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. 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: Amber’s scheming mother and producer of The Corny Collins Show, who pushes
her daughter to seek the stardom that she never had. Belt, Vocal Range: G below middle C to E above C

Penny Pingleton: Tracy’s slightly dorky, devoted 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”. 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. Tenor, 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. Baritone, Vocal Range: G below C to E above middle C

Corny Collins: The eccentric and cocky host of The Corny Collins Show. 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. Belt, Vocal Range: middle C to E above C

Female Authority Figure: The Matron guarding The Big Dollhouse; the Gym Teacher; and Prudy Pingleton, Penny’s overprotective and often close-minded mother. 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 Daynamites (3): Tight harmony, girl group (a la The Supremes). Vocal Range: G below middle C to A above C

The Pinkets (4): G below middle C to A above C


Casting Location: Hartford, CT
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