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Leeds Center for the Arts is excited to announce auditions for Hairspray! Auditions are scheduled for May 3 or 5, 2017. Callbacks will be on May 7, 2017.

Auditions are for ages 14 and up, with an exception for Little Inez. You must be 10 or older by the first day of auditions to audition for this role.

To audition, you MUST fill out the form for a time slot by following this link. 

Please prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show that demonstrates your acting and vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided, so please bring sheet music. Be prepared for a short dance call and to do cold readings from the script. Hairspray will be directed by Sarah Evans with musical direction by Megan McCauley. 

Show dates are August 18-20 and 25-27, 2017.

Character descriptions and requirements are as follows (from MTI):

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. Gender: Female. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: G3

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. Gender: Male. Vocal range top: A4. Vocal range bottom: D3

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. Gender: Male. Age: 30 to 50. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: F3

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. Gender: Female. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: A3

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. Gender: Female. Vocal range top: E5. Vocal range bottom: G3

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. Gender: Female. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: A3

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. Gender: Male. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: G3

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. Gender: Male Vocal range top: D5. Vocal range bottom: F3

Little Inez: Seaweed’s little sister and just as talented a dancer. She tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away by Velma because of her skin color. Gender: Female. Age: 10-16.

The Dynamites (Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna): Talented black vocal trio a la The Supremes. Featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony. Gender: Female

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. Gender: Female. Vocal range top: E5. Vocal range bottom: F3

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. Gender: Male. Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Prudy Pingleton: Penny’s strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded. Gender: Female Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: D4

Ensemble: Corny Collins’ Kids (Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, Etc.); Students (Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad); Protestors; Prison Matron, Gym Teacher, Mr. Pinky, Principal, Harriman F. Spritzer