HAIRSPRAY JRhairspray-jr-logo

Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman
Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan

Based on 1988 John Waters film Hairspray

Director Darnell Patrick Morris
Choreographer Eben K Logan
Music Director Arielle Bayer

Featuring students in grades 3-9*
*Some roles may be multi-cast and others may be played by performers outside 3-9 grade at discretion of the production team.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:30-3:30 PM at the Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Anyone not available to audition on Sunday should email to make alternative arrangements.

Please reserve your audition slot here:

Please bring the following paperwork completed to your audition hairspray-jr-audition-notice-11-26-16

There is a non-refundable $100 audition fee payable at the time of audition that will be applied to your tuition. Please make checks payable to Ovations Theatre.  If you are NOT selected to be a member of the cast, the audition fee will be refunded.

Callbacks will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 5:30-8:30 PM at the Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville, MD 20850.

Tuition for Hairspray Jr will be $850. There are limited financial aid and/or payment plan options available for this production. Those interested should contact

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in and submit your completed paperwork. Please bring a current photo, resume and check payable to Ovations Theatre in the amount of $100.00.

The cast list will be emailed by 4 PM on Wednesday, February 1. Prospective cast members must email  indicating acceptance or rejection of their roles by 8PM on Wednesday, February 1. Rehearsals will begin Thursday, February 2. Full tuition payment is required at the first rehearsal unless payment arrangements are made in advance with the Production Liaison at .

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Please remember to bring sheet music, preferably in a three-ring binder; an accompanist will be provided.  Your selection should demonstrate both your vocal range and acting abilities.

Tracy Turnblad: 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- she must be a good dancer and have stamina.

Edna Turnblad: 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 Fierstein on Broadway, and John Travolta in the movie, this drag role requires a strong comic male performer who is ready for his inner woman to take the spotlight Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman, she is all woman! Just, you know, with a distinctive voice.

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.

Corny Collins: 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 racial integration.

Penny Singleton: 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.

Amber von Tussle: 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.

Velma von Tussle: 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.

Link Larkin: 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.” Crooning Baritone.

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

Motormouth Maybelle: 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.

Little Inez: 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 by Velma. Performs in 3+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.”

The Dynamites: Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna – Talented black vocal trio a la The Supremes. Featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony. Doubles for other North Ave ensemble roles.

Council Members: Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann – Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show.

North Ave Students: Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad – Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop.

Ensemble: The ensemble is very busy throughout the show. There are included in many great musical numbers including Good Morning Baltimore, Mama I’m A Big Girl Now, Welcome to the 60’s, Without Love and You Can’t Stop The Beat.

All rehearsals will be held at Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville MD 20850.

Thursday, February 2                   6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, February 5                      12:30-3:30 PM
Sunday, February 12                   12:30-3:30 PM
Thursday, February 16                 6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, February 19                   12:30-3:30 PM
Thursday, February 23                 6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, February 26                    12:30-3:30 PM

Thursday, March 2                        6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, March 5                          12:30-3:30 PM
Thursday, March 9                        6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, March 12                         12:30-3:30 PM
Thursday, March 16                      6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, March 19                         12:30-3:30 PM
Thursday, March 23                      6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, March 26                         12:30-3:30 PM
Thursday, March 30                      6:30-8:30 PM

Saturday, April 1                          12:30-3:30 PM
Sunday, April 2                            12:30-3:30 PM
Wednesday, April 5                      6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday, April 6                          6:30-8:30 PM

Held at the Kreeger Auditorium at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Monday, April 17                          5:30-9:30 PM
Tuesday, April 18                          5:30-9:30 PM
Wednesday, April 19                   5:30-9:30 PM
Thursday, April 20                        5:30-9:30 PM

Held at the Kreeger Auditorium at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Friday, April 21                             7:30 PM
Saturday, April 22                        2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 23                           12:00 PM

Each cast member will be allowed a total of four conflicts. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Ovations Theatre reserves the right to change the theater venue or cancel the production before rehearsals begin for any reason, returning the audition fees.  Full payment of the tuition by all cast members will be due at the first rehearsal.