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Auditions for Bloomington Civic Theatre’s Hairspray (Director and Choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell, Music Director Anita Ruth) will be Sunday, February 8th starting at 6:00pm and Monday, February 9th starting at 6:00pm.  Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, February 10th starting at 6:00pm. APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE ARE NECESSARY. Audition location is the Center for the Arts in the Bloomington Civic Plaza, on the southeast corner of 98th St. and Logan Ave. in Bloomington, MN (actual street address is 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.).

Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. It's 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and launch a campaign to integrate a TV network. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

Note: Bloomington Civic Theatre is an Equal Opportunity organization and traditionally encourages performers of all races, sizes, and appropriate ages to audition for all roles. Hairspray has specific requirements regarding race and size in key roles. While a joyous romp of a musical, the play deals sensitively and in a straightforward manner with issues of prejudice against “negroes” (as they were called in 1962) and the overweight. It is central to the themes of the play that an accurate depiction of the attitudes towards African Americans and look of the era be achieved. To that end, it is the intention of the artistic staff to fill this production with people who look the roles in terms of race, size, and age.

Requests for appointments and show-related information may be directed to Katie Driscoll, Production Coordinator at When making your appointment please provide a preferred date and time and phone number where you can be reached. We will do our best to accommodate your requests but this may not be possible in all cases.

All adult non-union actors/singers are invited to audition. All roles will receive a $400 stipend (subject to possible increase). Rehearsals will begin approximately June 29th, 2015 and will generally be weeknights with possible/likely weekend rehearsals, subject to change. Plan for a full weekend rehearsal Sat. and Sun., August 8th and 9th, 2015. Performance schedule is August 14th to Sept. 13th (21 performances). Please note the rehearsal period and performance dates before requesting an audition time.

Song: Please prepare 16 measures of a song of the musical theater genre, although be prepared to sing more, if asked. Please bring sheet music. Accompanist provided. Monologue: Please prepare a 1 minute monologue, poem, essay, etc. Dance: At call backs dress for movement.

Resume and headshot will be collected at the time of audition.

Character Breakdown

TRACY TURNBLAD Female, Caucasian, to play high school age. Must be heavyset. Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. Becomes a teen heroine. Strong pop belt singer and great mover.
EDNA TURNBLAD Male to play female, Caucasian, 40s – 50s. Tracy’s mother. A working class, devoted, loving housewife with dreams of her own. Sincere, not campy. Needs a funny, grand character actor with singing ability who can convincingly play a woman. Large physique.
SEAWEED J. STUBBS Male, African-American, to play high school age. Cool, sexy, street smart, goodhearted. Son of Motormouth Maybelle who becomes Penny’s boyfriend. His dance lessons help Tracy get chosen for the local TV teen dance show. Strong, soulful tenor pop singer and great mover.
WILBUR TURNBLAD Male, Caucasian, 40s – 50s. Tracy’s father. A working class inventor. Sweet, simpleminded personality. Adores his family. Needs funny character actor. Good character singer.
LINK LARKIN Male, Caucasian, to play high school age. Handsome, sexy, clean-cut, goodhearted, down-to-earth. The heartthrob of the local TV teen dance show. Amber’s boyfriend at first, but he soon falls for Tracy. Strong pop singer and great mover.
AMBER VON TUSSLE Female, Caucasian, to play high school age. The ice princess of the local TV teen dance show. Attractive snob. Very funny, with good physique. Strong pop belt singer and great mover.
PENNY PINGLETON Female, Caucasian, to play high school age. Ditzy, neurotic, devoted best friend of Tracy. Very funny, Strong pop belt singer and mover.
CORNY COLLINS Male, Caucasian, 30s. Host of the local TV teen dance show. Handsome, charming, engaging, smooth. Strong pop singer.
MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE Female, African-American, 40s – 50s. Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. Queen of Baltimore Soul, a radio DJ. Powerful and inspiring, with an infectious, brassy personality. Strong, soulful gospel/pop singer.
VELMA VON TUSSLE Female, Caucasian, 40s – 50s. A former beauty queen, Amber’s mother, and producer of the local TV teen dance show. Upscale, attractive, prejudiced snob who always wants her daughter in the spotlight. Funny, biting, manipulative. Good character singer.
LITTLE INEZ Female, African-American, early teens . Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. Seaweed’s lovable little sister. Strong Broadway/pop singer and mover.
MALE AUTHORITY FIGURE Male, Caucasian, 40s – 50s. Plays various zany roles including a nervous businessman; a condescending high school principal; a flamboyant fashion boutique owner; a cop; and a corrupt prison guard. Must be a sharp, funny, inventive character actor with good singing voice.
FEMALE AUTHORITY FIGURE Female, Caucasian, 40s – 50s. Plays various zany roles including Prudy Pingleton, Penny’s uptight and small-minded mother; a sadistic high school gym teacher; a cop; and a sardonic prison matron. Must be a sharp, funny, inventive character actress with strong singing voice.
Multi racial and diverse male and female dancers with strong pop singing voices and great personalities, to play high schoolers, and various roles in the ensemble.
THE DYNAMITES–3 sexy African-American female singer/dancers inspired by the Supremes. Should have glorious pop/gospel singing voices. Should move well. They are featured in the showstopper “Welcome to the ’60s”.


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