Audition for HAIRSPRAY


MUSIC BY: Marc Shaiman
LYRICS BY: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
BOOK BY: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters

DIRECTOR: J. Scott Lapp

SDMT Rehearsal Space located at 4650 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111

Union and non-union singers, dancers and actors. There is limited housing for out of town actors. If you don’t have local housing it could impact casting decisions. If you are a local actor and cannot attend the initial audition, please send me your picture and resume to We are not accepting video submissions at this time.

Dance Call – Monday, January 15 at 6pm (open dance call but please sign up on Casting Manager). The roles of Tracy Turnblad, Penny Pingleton, Amber Von Tussle, Link Larkin, Seaweed J. Stubbs, Little Inez, The Dynamites, Council Members and Other Students should attend this call.

Singer Call – Tuesday, January 16 from 12pm-9pm (by appointment only). The roles of Edna Turnblad, Wilbur Turnblad, Velma Von Tussle, Corny Collins, Motormouth Maybelle and Female Authority Figure should attend this call.

Callbacks – Thursday, January 18. Callbacks are by invitation only. Should you receive a callback, you can download the sides from our website or on Casting Manager. If you have any questions, email Jill at

To schedule an appointment, use the following link:

Dance Call: Be warmed up and ready to dance by 6pm. Check-in will begin at 5pm. Prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring one headshot and resume with you.

Singer Call: Plan on arriving 10 minutes before your appointment time to check-in. Prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring one headshot and resume with you.

First non-union rehearsal: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
First equity rehearsal: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesday-Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

All performances at the Horton Grand Theatre in downtown San Diego
First performance: Friday, August 3, 2018
Closing performance: Sunday, September 2, 2018
Show Schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

AEA Guest Artist Contract Tier 2: $471 weekly
Non-Union Actors: $1,692 – $2,475 stipend depending on role


Tracy Turnblad – Stage age 15-20, Female, (Caucasian) A spunky and scrappy teenager from the wrong side of the tracks who marches to the beat of her own drummer; she loves to dance to the rhythm of the new Motown sound; she is a big girl with even bigger dreams; she is a teenaged idealist, but not a pushover; she is willing to fight for what she believes in; seeking a very strong plus-sized actor, singer, dancer. Vocal Range: G3 – G5, Strong Dancer. Must attend Dance Call
Tracy Acting Sides
Tracy Vocal Sides

Edna Turnblad – Stage age 40+, Male, (Caucasian) Monday, January 15 at 6pm. Tracy’s mom; a force of nature trapped inside a body that the world doesn’t understand; she is a working-class woman doing what she can to support her family and to help make ends meet; Edna abandoned her dream of becoming a fashion designer years ago when her physical size exceeded the McCalls patterns; as a result, she has shut herself away and lives vicariously through the television, movie-star magazines, romance novels, and her blossoming daughter, who is growing up way too fast; seeking a strong plus-sized actor, singer who moves really-well; someone who is excellent with comedy and has real heart. Vocal Range: F3-G5, Strong Mover. Must attend Singer Call
Edna Acting Sides
Edna Vocal Sides

Wilbur Turnblad, Mr. Pinky, Principal – Stage age 40+, Edna’s devoted husband; he is the owner of the Har-De-Har Hut Joke shop; Wilbur works tirelessly Tracy’s loving dad, and to give his family the best life that he can possibly eek out; he is a romantic, a comedian, and an amateur magician. He makes the seemingly impossible possible; seeking a with a dry-odd-ball sense of humor who sings well. Also plays various supporting roles including a comedic character actor flamboyant fashion boutique owner and a condescending high school principal. Must be an inventive character actor. Simple dance/movement required. Vocal Range: A3-A5, Strong Mover. Must attend Singer Call
Wilbur Acting Sides
Wilbur Vocal Sides

Corny Collins – Stage age 25+, the handsome, charming, and charismatic host of the Corny Collins Show; he possesses a dynamic and captivating energy on-camera; off-camera he is ambitious, rebellious, and not afraid of a fight; seeking an exceptionally strong singer, dancer, actor who can light up a room. Vocal Range: D3 – A4, Strong Mover. Must attend Singer Call
Corny Acting Sides
Corny Vocal Sides

Penny Pingleton – Stage age 15-20, little girl who is on the verge of exploding into womanhood; she Tracy’s best friend; she is a sheltered is a wide-eyed fan girl, and a perky optimistic sidekick; Penny is socially awkward and nerdy; she has no idea what to do with herself and her body because she is completely sexually repressed; seeking a very strong comic actor, singer, and dancer. Vocal Range: A3-G5, Strong Dancer. Must attend Dance Call
Penny Acting Sides
Penny Vocal Sides

Amber Von Tussle – Stage age 15-20, the reigning princess of the Corny Collins Show; she is totally self-centered and every calculated move she makes is designed to bring her greater stardom and more notoriety; she is a ravenous climber with the looks of a Barbie doll; she will stop at nothing to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray Competition; she is simultaneously mesmerizing and terrifying; seeking a very strong actor, singer, dancer. Vocal Range: A3-F5, Strong Dancer. Must attend Dance Call
Amber Acting Sides
Amber Vocal Sides

Velma Von Tussle – Stage age 40+, Female, (Caucasian) 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. Vocal Range: G3-E5, Strong Mover. Must attend Singer Call
Velma Acting Sides
Velma Vocal Sides

Seaweed J. Stubbs – Stage age 15-20, Male, (African American) 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. Vocal Range: F3-D5, Strong Dancer. Must attend Dance Call
Seaweed Acting Sides
Seaweed Vocal Sides

Link Larkin – Stage age 15-20, captivating, dangerous, yet effortless charisma and sexuality that drives people wild; he has dreams the teenage heart-throb; he possesses a of stardom and the talent and moves to get him there if the right break comes along; seeking an excellent actor, singer, dancer. Vocal Range: G3-A5, Strong Dancer. Must attend Dance Call
Link Acting Sides
Link Vocal Sides

Motormouth Maybelle – Stage age 40+, Female, (African American) She is Seaweed and Inez’s loving single mother doing the best she can to raise her kids right in a dangerous world; she is the business-savvy and open-hearted owner of her own record shop; she is the quick-witted, sharp rhyming, and dazzling host of “Negro Day” on the Corny Collins Show; she is big, blonde, and beautiful; she is also a Civil Rights soldier whose rich spirit has been forged by many battles; she is a powerful, soulful, funny, loving, and sexy lady; seeking a very strong, plus-sized singer and actor who moves really-well. Vocal Range: F3-E5, Strong Mover. Must attend Singer Call
Motormouth Acting Sides
Motormouth Vocal Sides

Little Inez – Stage age 13-15, Female, (African American) Older than her years. Seaweed’s lovable little sister. Smart and cute, and uses it. Strong, spunky, tough, street-wise. Outgoing. Broadway/pop singer. Vocal Range: LowA-HighF, Strong Dancer. Must attend Dance Call
Little Inez Acting Sides
Little Inez Vocal Sides

The Dynamites – Stage age 25+, Female, (African American) Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna – Talented black vocal trio a la The Supremes. Featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony. May double for other ensemble roles like ‘Cindy Watkins,’ etc. Must attend Dance Call
Ensemble Acting Sides
Dynamites Vocal Sides

Council Members – Stage age 16-19, Male & Female, (Caucasian) Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann – Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show. Perform in 5+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Strong Dancer. Must attend Dance Call
Ensemble Acting Sides

Other students – Stage age 16-19, Male & Female, (African American) Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie – Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop. Perform in 4+ numbers including “Welcome to the 60’s” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Strong Dancers. Must attend Dance Call
Ensemble Acting Sides

Female Authority Figure – Stage age 35+, One actress plays various zany female characters. Characters include Prudy Pingleton (Penny’s uptight, high-strung and small-minded mother), a sadistic Gym Teacher, a Cop and a sardonic Prison Matron (think “Saturday Night Live”). Actress also understudies Velma. Must be a versatile, sharp, funny, inventive character actress with a strong singing voice. Vocal Range: Mezzo with belt. Female, (Caucasian). Must attend Singer Call
Female Authority Figure Acting Sides

A strong component of the Hairspray story revolves around race in the 1960’s, as well as specific body types and ages. It is our goal to have the following characteristics appear on the stage to forward the story:

  • Black/African‐American
  • White/Caucasian
  • Plus‐sized (Pleasantly plump!)
  • Notably slimmer than plus‐sized

“Appear” means you naturally look the part – we will not be using make‐up to modify ethnicity or costuming to dramatically alter body type (except for Edna’s brassiere!).

Several roles in the play do not call for a specific ethnicity or body type.

SDMT is an Equal Opportunity employer and encourages every one of all races and sizes to audition for age appropriate roles. Hairspray is fairly unique in its specificity for ethnicity and body type. Most SDMT productions are totally non‐specific!

Characters that appear white:
Tracy and Edna Turnblad
Penny Pingleton
Velma and Amber von Tussle
Corny Collins
Council Members Female
Authority Figures

Characters that appear black:
Seaweed J. Stubbs
Motormouth Maybelle
Little Inez
The Dynamites (Judine, Kamila, Shayna) Gilbert
Duane Lorraine

Characters that must be plus‐sized:
Tracy and Edna Turnblad
Motormouth Maybelle

Characters that must be notably thinner than plus‐sized:
Velma and Amber von Tussle
Council Members

“Student” or “Council Member” roles are intended for stage age 16‐19 years old. Stage age is the age you look on stage. That means you must look like you are a Junior or Senior in high school when you are on the Horton Grand stage.

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