Got a note this morning from John Thompson, who’s directing Bedford Community Theatre’s production of “Hairspray” this fall. He’s holding auditions Sept. 6, 7 and 8. Performances are Nov. 11-13, 18-20.
“BEDFORD COMMUNITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “HAIRSPRAY” 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. Directed by John Thompson, produced by June O’Neill and Teresa Donkin, musical direction by Matt Vanacoro and choreography by Jessica Bittner.
Tuesday Sept. 6 — 5 to 10 p.m.; dance auditions will start at 7.
Wednesday Sept. 7 — 6 p.m. till it’s over; dance auditions will start at 7.
Thursday Sept. 8 — Callbacks — 6 p.m. till it’s over
Teens, adults and children age 12 and up are welcome to audition.
Come prepared to sing an up-tempo song (16-32 bars), and also to dance. You may also be asked to read from the script. An accompanist will be provided.
Auditions will be held at the Bedford Hills Community House, 74 Main S., Bedford Hills.
For more information email Thompson at email@example.com.
The role of “Corny Collins” has been cast – all other roles open.
TRACY TURNBLAD (Teens – 20s, Female), 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 (40s – 60s, Female/Male), 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. COMEDIAN. Note that Edna is traditionally played by a man.
WILBUR TURNBLAD (40s – 60s , Male), Tracy’s father. A working class inventor. Sweet, goofy, childlike personality. Adores his family. Needs a funny character actor. Good character singer.
LINK LARKIN (Teens – 20s, Male), Handsome, 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.
MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE (40s – 60s, Female), Host of “Negro Day” on “The Corny Collins Show” . 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.
SEAWEED J. STUBBS (Teens – 20s, Male), Cool, street smart, goodhearted. One of the stars of “Negro Day” on “The Corny Collins Show”. 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.
AMBER VON TUSSLE (Teens – 20s, Female), The ice princess of the local TV teen dance show. Attractive snob. Very funny, Strong pop belt singer and great mover.
PENNY PINGLETON (Teens – 20s, Female), Ditzy, neurotic, devoted best friend of Tracy. Very funny, Strong pop belt singer and mover.
VELMA VON TUSSLE (40s – 50s, Female), A former beauty queen, Amber’s mother, and producer of the local TV teen dance show. Upscale, prejudiced snob who always wants her daughter in the spotlight. Funny, biting, manipulative. Good character singer. LITTLE INEZ (12-14, Female, Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. Seaweed’s lovable little sister. Strong Broadway/pop singer and mover.
THE DYNAMITES (Any Age, 3 – 6 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”.
THE CORNY COLLINS DANCERS (Teens – 20s, 5 Female 4 Male) Clean-cut singing and dancing stars of “The Corny Collins Show”. Must sing and move well.
“DETENTION KIDS” (Teens – 20s, Female/Male) The not-quite-so-clean-cut kids that Tracy befriends while in detention. Must sing and move well
ENSEMBLE DANCERS WHO SING AND SINGERS WHO DANCE To play various roles in the ensemble as well as featured roles. Roles for non-singers as well.