Audition Information for Hairspray

A Note from the Director:

WOW! have we had some amazing auditions! We have seen over 50 individuals and your talent and enthusiasm for this show is apparent. I know you are all anxiously waiting for a call back list and ultimately a cast list but we need YOUR HELP!
Although our audition turn out was great there are still some casting areas that we have got to be able to identify and so far we haven’t been able to fill. If each of you would help us but reaching out to your friends, coworkers, neighbors, class friends we would appreciate it. If we can’t find the cast we need, the show will be in jeopardy and no one wants that to happen! So EVERYONE call a friend!!!
Our solution: to hold one more audition day on MONDAY, APRIL 3 at 7pm. Location: TBD (WILL POST SHORTLY). We have seen amazing “Corny Kids” but not nearly enough boys to dance with them! (the more boys we have the more girls get roles!) We have also seen some outstanding auditions for some of the African American roles but “Negro Day” needs more black students! (both boys and girls) and don’t forget about the role of Little Inez (10-13 years old)!!
Finally, all these crazy kids need some “mature adults” to help them in the show. Can you help us with these roles as well?
This show is amazing and your talent is outstanding! Help us to cast this show. Let’s round out this cast on MONDAY, APRIL 3 with the diversity we need to tell this fantastic story. Thank you for your help and your talents…Let’s Do This!!
Callbacks if required will be held on April 5th. Video auditions will be accepted if we have people who cannot make it on the 3rd.

—Lisa Merte

NEW Auditions: April 3, 7pm

Location: TBD
Performances: June 22-25 at Copeland Auditorium, with two performances on the Saturday the 24th


You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance. The 1950’s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray - winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical - is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.


All auditioning for “Hairspray” are required to come prepared to dance with dance shoes and comfortable clothing. Please prepare approximately 16 bars of a song of your choice. A song from the show is not necessary; however, one will be taught at auditions. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist.

Call backs may be required for some characters on April 5. 

Please bring the completed Audition Form with your conflicts M-Th evenings from April 10 - June 25. Casting may be affected by calendar conflicts. You may contact the Director Lisa Merte at with any questions or for additional information.

Hairspray Audition Form


TRACY TURNBLAD - Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist, she is large and in charge. Confident, talented, and incredibly determined. A romantic with a good heart and desire to cut up the dance floor. Always on top of the latest trends.

CORNY COLLINS - The charismatic host of the Corny Collins’ Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera.

EDNA TURNBLAD - Tracy’s big and blonde mother. She is a working housewife who has lost her confidence and dream to be a plus-size clothing designer. Boisterous and commanding. Played by a male in drag.

PENNY PINGLETON - Tracy’s best friend and dorky sidekick. Not the brightest girl, but she has good intentions. Bursting to get free of her mother’s dominating control, she falls for Seaweed with childlike curiosity.

VELMA VON TUSSLE - Amber’s mother and the director of Corny Collin’s show. She is a devious taskmaster and snobby racist. The former Miss Baltimore Crabs will go to any length to ensure her daughter is the next big thing.

AMBER VON TUSSLE - Link’s girlfriend and Tracy’s nemesis. She is pretty, thin, shallow, snobby, and racist. Can’t dance but is expected to win Miss Baltimore Hairspray. Always feels the need to be the center of attention.

LINK LARKIN - The star heartthrob on Corny Collins’ show. He is extremely attractive and talented. Hoping to get his big break with a recording contract, he unexpectedly falls for Tracy.

SEAWEED J. STUBBS - Tracy’s classmate and friend, who is discriminated against due to his skin color. He is cocky but surprisingly lovable. Talented in song and dance. He falls for Penny.

LITTLE INEZ - Seaweed’s little sister

MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE - Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother, she also appears as the Guest DJ on the Corny Collin’s Negro Day show. Big, blonde, beautiful and proud of it. She is sassy and confident.

WILBUR TURNBLAD - Tracy’s simpleminded and kind father. He owns a joke shop and supports his daughter in spite of everything else. He also loves his wife, Edna, very much.

PRUDY PINGLETON - Penny’s strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded.

ENSEMBLE - Corny Collins’ Kids (Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, Etc.); Students; Hookers; Protesters