Keighley Musical Theatre Company are delighted to be producing the amazing musical Hairspray over six performances – Tue 16th Oct to 20th Oct 2018. The show will be presented at Keighley’s Victoria Hall, transformed as usual into a 400+ seat theatre, giving a capacity of about 2,400 over the run. The musical will be performed with the full live orchestra, quality staging, costumes, sound and lighting that our audiences expect from us.

Principal auditions will be held on Saturday 3rd March from 9:30am. Chorus auditions on Sunday 4th March from 1pm.

You must be at least 14 years of age on the first day of auditions. Principals will need to appear within the playing age range of their chosen parts.

About Hairspray – The Broadway Musical

Change is in the air! It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and Tracy Turnblad, the lovable plus-size teen, 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 integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

Based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters

Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International

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

For our production, we are welcoming back Jay Cundell-Walker as director, and Judith Chapman as Choreographer, along with John Sandland as Musical Director.

Director’s notes – Hairspray and Ethnicity

This show is about the racial segregation of the 50s and 60s but also about pre-conceived ideas of what people should look like and what they should be capable of doing; knowing their place and limitations. It is not my intention to drastically alter anyone’s appearance through stage makeup to make them fit an ethnicity. This is a very unique show in its requirement for specificity of ethnicity and body type therefore I have decided to not purely focus on the segregation of African Americans but the segregation of anybody who appeared different and didn’t fit the perfect body image of the Corny Collins Show.

As usual, all the parts are available for audition, and we are looking for people from all ethnic backgrounds to take part in this wonderful show. 

Auditions are open – membership is not required until a role is accepted.

Main Parts to cast:

Conformist (the included)

  • Velma Von Tussle
  • Amber Von Tussle
  • Corny Collins
  • Link Larkin
  • Council Members
  • Male and Female Authority figures

Non- conformist (the excluded)

  • Tracy Turnblat
  • Edna Turnblat
  • Wilbur Turnblat
  • Seaweed J Stubbs
  • Motormouth Maybelle
  • Little Inez
  • The Dynamites
  • Penny Pingleton
  • Kids in detention

 

 Role  Character Playing Age
Corny Collins The leader of the ‘Corny Collins’ show, he is a confident and charismatic character (not ‘cheesy’) who can sing and dance well, he is the male lead with the most songs. He loves Tracy’s dancing and wants to integrate the other kids onto his show.

Accent:  Standard American

Dance ability: Must be able to move well.

25-30
 Edna Turnblad Edna is Tracy’s mother, traditionally played by a man. She runs a laundry business out of her house and is a kind but rather a large lady who doesn’t want Tracy to be hurt because of her size when auditioning for the ‘Corny Collins’ show. Performs in many numbers but doesn’t have to be the best singer, needs to have good comic timing. 

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: Able to move

 40-50
 Motormouth Maybelle Motormouth Maybelle is the host of the very popular ‘Negro Day’ on the show and encourages Edna to be comfortable and proud of whom she is. She is a very sassy and confident lady with a larger than life attitude; she wants to move the station out of its racist world and into an integrated future. She is the step-mother to Seaweed and mother to Little Inez; she would love for them to be on a new, non-prejudiced show. She has a very soulful voice and sings a few belting numbers such as ‘I know where I’ve been’ and ‘Big, Blonde and Beautiful’.

Accent: Southern American/Standard American

Dance ability: Good; able to move well

35-50
 Velma Von Tussle Velma is the very determined, feisty and unpleasant producer of the show whose main aim is to maintain the ‘purity’ of the all-white council on the Corny Collins show. She is the mother to Amber whom she bosses around and tries to make THE star of the show. She is extremely cruel to Tracy because of her size and is a fantastic villain role. She has 4 numbers that she performs in and needs to have a voice that can really belt. 

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: Reasonable dancer/able to move well

35-50
 Female Authority Figures These roles are specifically:

Prudy Pingleton (Penny’s religious and slightly crazy mother who likes to punish her constantly), the sadistic gym teacher and the prison matron. These can be played by one person or more

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: General chorus numbers only.

35-50
 Wilbur Turnblad Wilbur is Tracy’s father, married to Edna. He is a very kind man who only has eyes for Edna. He encourages Tracy to go for her dream no matter what. He owns the Hardy Har joke shop and is quite a goofy personality. Voice type is baritone but does not have to be the strongest singer.

Accent: Standard American/New York

Dance ability: Able to move

 45-60
 Male Authority Figure Again as with the Female Authority Figure there are three roles to be played by one person. The president of Ultra-Clutch Hairspray (Sponsor of the Corny Collins show), the highly-strung high school principal and Mr. Pinky.

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: General chorus numbers only.

 
 Tracey Turnblad Tracy is the female lead of the show, a pleasantly plump girl whose dream it is to dance on the Corny Collins show. She ends up in detention due to her ‘hair height’ where she meets Seaweed and his friends. She is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs and is a friendly and energetic personality. She is on for a large proportion of the show and therefore must have stamina. Her voice type is Mezzo-Belt and performs in over 10 numbers!Accent: Standard AmericanDance ability: Excellent dancer able to perform with style and charisma.  16-20
 Link Larkin Link is the main man on the Corny Collins show, he sings and dances well, a very charismatic character. Initially his love interest is Amber but once he sees Tracy’s big heart and determination he begins to fall for her instead. He is described as a young Elvis.

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: Strong/Excellent

 16-20
 Penny Pingleton Penny is the dorky but adorable friend of Tracy, she ends up falling in love with Seaweed, much against her mother’s strict religious wishes.

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: Strong/Excellent

 16-20
Seaweed Stubbs Seaweed is a very talented dancer and singer who appears on Negro day of the Corny Collins show. He is the step-son of Motormouth Mabel and meets Tracy in detention. He ends up falling in love with Penny. His voice type is a tenor and is a very energetic role.

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: Strong/Excellent

16-20
 Amber Von Tussle Amber is the spoiled brat of Velma, she cannot understand why Tracy is on the show and considers her nothing but an eye-sore. Link falling for Tracy is the final straw for her. She is the female lead of the council, the princess of the Corny Collins show due to her mother’s position as producer.

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: Strong/Excellent

 16-20
Little Inez Little Inez is Seaweed’s younger step sister. Her dream is to be on the Corny Collins show and dance with the others, but when she turns up at the audition she is immediately sent away as she doesn’t conform.

Accent: Standard American

Dance ability: Strong/Excellent

 13-15
The Dynamites Shayna, Kamila & Judine  
Chorus    

Remember, the above ages are playing ages. The minimum actual age for dancers/ensemble is 14 on the 3rd March 2018.

Ages apply strictly on date of audition, and this alone does not guarantee suitability for a part. Some parts may require you to be of a certain height, or have a particular playing age, voice or appearance.

Principal auditions will involve dialogue, singing and dance. Chorus will need to demonstrate singing and dance.

Audition registration closes 25th February 2018

          Click here to register online now!

Please email casting@keighleyamateurs.com if you are interested in auditioning for future productions.

 

Audition Material:

Character Reading Song
Corny Collins Monologue
Hey there, Teenage Baltimore! Don’t change that channel! ‘Cause it’s time for the Corny Collins Show! Brought to you by Ultra Clutch Hairspray! For hair that holds up even in a NASA wind tunnel! Now don’t forget Guys and Gidgets – our very first prime-time spectacular is coming up on June 6th. We’ll be live at Baltimore’s brand-new Eventorium broadcasting nationwide! Talent scouts will be on hand from all of the major record labels, and sponsoring the event will be none other than our own ULTRA CLUTCH HAIRSPRAY. So, let’s give a great big fawning Baltimore salute to the President of Ultra Clutch, Harriman F. Spritzer.
The Nicest Kids in town
Edna Turnblad Monologue
You want to be famous? Learn how to get blood out of car upholstery. Now that’s a skill you can take right to the bank. You think I wanted to spend my life washing and ironing other people’s clothing? No. I wanted to design them. I thought I would be the biggest thing in brassieres. Well, you better be careful what you wish for. Now start folding.
Dialogue

TRACY Hello? Yes, this is Tracy Turnblad. Hello, Mr. Pinky.

EDNA (in an excited whisper)

Mr. Pinky? The Mr. Pinky? As in “Mr. Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway – Quality Clothes for Quantity Gals”? That Mr. Pinky?

TRACY   You want to hire me as your exclusive spokesgirl and fashion effigy?

(To Edna) What’s an effigy?  (back on the phone) That’s very flattering, but I’m afraid all business must go through  my agent…It would be our pleasure. We’ll be right over, Mr. Pinky. Goodbye! (hangs  up phone.)

EDNA     An agent! I don’t know any agents. (picks up phone.) How about a nice bail bondsman?

TRACY   Mother, put that thing down. I’m taking my new agent to the Hefty Hideaway and then  out on the town.

EDNA    Who? Me? Tracy Turnblad, fame has gone to your head and left you wacky. You need a  top-shelf professional. Who handled the Gabor sisters? Well, who didn’t?

TRACY    Mama, there’s a great big world out there I know nothing about. When things get rough, a girl needs her mother.

EDNA     Hon, I’ll be right beside you, if that’s what you want. And together we’ll claw you way to the top. But can’t we do it over the phone? I haven’t been out of this apartment since Mamie Eisenhower rolled her hose and bobbed her

Welcome to the 60s
Timeless Reprise
Motormouth Maybelle  Dialogue

MOTORMOUTH
There’s platters of tunes and food on the table. What else would you expect from… Ms. Motormouth Maybelle!
SEAWEED
Mama, I brought some friends.
MOTORMOUTH
Whoop – dee –doo, what a coup! The ever sparkin’ Sir Link Larkin!
LINK
Always nice to see you, Ms. Motormouth
PENNY
I’m Penny Lou Pingleton and I’m very pleased and scared to be here.
MOTORMOUTH
You’re welcome, Kitten, to come and sit in.
TRACY
This is just so fantastic. Can I say how thrilled I am to meet you. I’m Seaweed’s friend, Tracy.
MOTORMOUTH
Oh, yes, indeedy. I’ve seen you sweetie. All aglow on Corny’s Show.
TRACY
Gee, thanks. The only reason I’m on the show is because of your son. Why can’t we all dance together like this on TV?
MOTORMOUTH
Think we haven’t tried? We’ve pleaded, begged and lied. We pressured the Mayor, petitioned the Gov, and what did we get? (beat) One day a month.

I know where I’ve been
Velma Von Tussle Dialogue

VELMA
Bang your drum, Bonzo. No one cares. Don’t get any more cute ideas about protesting or even showing up at the special. I’ll have armed guards surrounding the Eventorium to make sure Tracy can’t get within 100 miles of that place. Game, set, match.
GUARD
Ladies, you’re free to go with the sincere apologies of the state of Maryland and the personal compliments of the Governor himself.
VELMA
The Governor? Really? Sweet, chubby Millard. It pays to have a politician in your pocket and the Polaroid’s in your sage. Now if you doublewide twins will excuse me. I have a national television spectacular to produce.

Velma’s Revenge
Prison Matron Monologue

Ok Ladies, welcome to the big dollhouse! For those of you new to the penal system, I’m letting you know now that I don’t stand for no boozing, doping, cussing, gambling, fighting or any other sort of unladylike behaviour. Think of me as a mother…..who eats her young.

 
Prudy Pingleton Monologue
Penny Lou Pingleton, you are absolutely, positively, permanently punichsed. This one’s for being wilful, This one’s for being deceitful, this one’s for being neglectful and this one’s for crying ‘wee,wee,wee, all the way home’.
 
Wilbur Turnblad  Monologue
Tracy, this TV thing….You really want it? Then you go for it! This is America, babe! You gotta think big to be big. When I was your age my parents begged me to run away with the circus, but I said, “No. That’s what you want. I have dreams of my own.” I dreamt of opening a chain of joke shops worldwide. So, okay I’ve got only one, but some day, if I can figure out how to stop the air from leaking out of the sofa sized Whoopee Cushion, I’m going to make noise heard ’round the world!’ You follow your dream, baby. I’m grabbin’ an Orange Crush and heading back to the Har-Dee-Har-Hut. I’ve got my dream…..And I wuv it!
Timeless Reprise
Tracey Turnblad  Monologue
Hello? Yes, this is Tracy Turnblad. Hello, Mr. Pinky…. You want to hire me as your exclusive spokesgirl and fashion effigy?(To Edna) What’s an effigy?……. That’s very flattering, but I’m afraid all business must go through my agent…It would be our pleasure. We’ll be right over, Mr. Pinky. Goodbye! (hangs up phone.) Mother, put that thing down. I’m taking my new agent to the Hefty Hideaway and then out on the town. Mama, there’s a great big world out there I know nothing about. When things get rough, a girl needs her mother.
Dialogue

LINK
Tracy? Where are you? It’s me, Link Larkin. From the show…?
TRACY
Link! Over here!
LINK
Shhhh! The guard’s asleep. Gee, you look beautiful behind bars.
TRACY
It must be the low watt institutional lighting. Link, what are you doing here?
LINK
Oh, Tracy. Seeing you dragged off to jail brought me back to my senses. I thought I’d lose it when I thought I lost you. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t even concentrate!
TRACY
You couldn’t eat?
LINK
I didn’t. Amber and her mother were just using me to make her look popular. I feel like such an idiot.
TRACY
That make’s two of us.
LINK (suddenly romantic)
I know a palooka like me isn’t worthy of a ground breaking extremist like you, but… (HE produces HIS ring)
… It’s a little scuffed from Amber throwing it in my face when I told her I’d rather be with you.
TRACY
You did?
LINK
I did. So, would you consider wearing my ring?
TRACY
Would I? Would I?
LINK
“To lose thee were to lose myself.” Some kid named Milton wrote that in the third floor boy’s room.
TRACY
It’s beautiful.
(SHE puts on his ring)
I have a good life, great parents, my own room, stacks of 45s, three sweaters, plus a learner’s permit good through August. But you know what I’ve been missing, Link?
LINK I think I do

Good Morning, Baltimore
Mama, I’m a big girl now
Without love
Link Larkin Dialogue
LINK
Tracy? Where are you? It’s me, Link Larkin. From the show…?
TRACY
Link! Over here!
LINK
Shhhh! The guard’s asleep. Gee, you look beautiful behind bars.
TRACY
It must be the low watt institutional lighting. Link, what are you doing here?
LINK
Oh, Tracy. Seeing you dragged off to jail brought me back to my senses. I thought I’d lose it when I thought I lost you. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t even concentrate!
TRACY
You couldn’t eat?
LINK
I didn’t. Amber and her mother were just using me to make her look popular. I feel like such an idiot.
TRACY
That make’s two of us.
LINK (suddenly romantic)
I know a palooka like me isn’t worthy of a ground breaking extremist like you, but… (HE produces HIS ring)
… It’s a little scuffed from Amber throwing it in my face when I told her I’d rather be with you.
TRACY
You did?
LINK
I did. So, would you consider wearing my ring?
TRACY
Would I? Would I?
LINK
“To lose thee were to lose myself.” Some kid named Milton wrote that in the third floor boy’s room.
TRACY
It’s beautiful.
(SHE puts on his ring)
I have a good life, great parents, my own room, stacks of 45s, three sweaters, plus a learner’s permit good through August. But you know what I’ve been missing, Link?
LINK
I think I do
It takes two
Without love
Penny Pingleton Monologue

Seaweed! Shhh Don’t let my mother hear you. She’s punishing me for going to jail
without her permission.
Oh Seaweed, thanks for coming, I knew you really did care. I was worried I was just a lonely teenager’s forbidden fantasy. But now you’re here, I know it’s true.
Hurry Seaweed, set me free.

Mama, I’m a big girl now
Without love
Seaweed Stubbs Dialogue
Already dancing his moves;
SEAWEED
The man can dine me on a diet of detention so long as he don’t starve me of my tunes.
(another step)
Here’s a little something-something signified to say, “Hello, my name’s Seaweed J. Stubbs, and what’s yours baby?”
TRACY
That’s unbelievable. Can I do that?
SEAWEED
I don’t know. Can you?
(SEAWEED dances again)
TRACY
Hello. My name is Tracy Turnblad.
SEAWEED
Ow!
TRACY
Ow!
SEAWEED
Ain’t no black and white up in here. Detention is a rainbow experience.
(SEAWEED does another step)
TRACY
What’s that step?
SEAWEED
Oh this? I call this one “Peyton Place After Midnight.” I use it to attract the opposite sex.
(TRACY jumps in with HIM) Fearless, girl. You really got it going on.
TRACY
Oh, my God! I just realized who you are. You dance on Negro Day. Your step mom is Motormouth Maybelle, the DJ? That makes you like royalty! Negro Day is the best. I wish every day was Negro Day.
SEAWEED
At our house it is. So, how you feeling about detention now?
Run & tell that
Without love
Amber Von Tussle Dialogue
AMBER (reading from a cue card)
Hey, gang, don’t forget to watch mom and me on Mother-Daughter Day. I want to be your Miss Teenage Hairspray. Remember a vote for me from you is a vote for me.
CORNY
Presently, it appears Amber Von Tussle and Tracy Turnblad are neck and neck. But since, according to the latest police bulletins, Miss Turnblad is still at large…
AMBER
(leaning into the shot)
At VERY large.
CORNY
… our Miss Hairspray might just be a foregone conclusion. Still, our rules say contestants have to dance for it. Are you ready, Amber?
AMBER
Ready as a rabbit on Easter, Corny.
(SHE dances)
AMBER
Thank you ladies, gentlemen and kids. I’m now ready to consume the title of Miss Teenage Hairspray.
(CORNY leads SPRITZER on. SPRITZER carries the crown and bouquet.)
CORNY
Just to be sure, I think we’d better check the board.
AMBER
What’d I tell you? Give me the crown, give me the flowers, and everybody start bowing!
Mama, I’m a big girl now
Little Inez  Monologue

Tracy. You can’t do this. You’re new to the Council. You’ll be blackballed and thrown off the show for sure! Not me. I don’t like these people. But whether or not they’re on TV won’t get me a recording contract. You’ve got everything: brains, talent, personality. Me? I’ve got one chance to be seen nationwide. Tracy. Saturday night is everything I’ve worked for. I’m not going to throw it away. C’mon. I’m leaving and you gotta go too.

Run & tell that
The Dynamites – Shayna    Welcome to the 60s + Play-off
I know where I’ve been
The Dynamites -Kimila & Judine   Welcome to the 60s + Play-off


Large supporting cast/chorus also required – please register for an audition

If your audition is for a role not mentioned above, then you may still need to sing a short section as demonstrated by the MD on the day.

All auditions will be at our Aire Valley Studio (address below)

 

Aire Valley Rehearsal Studio

Find us at:
KMTC Rehearsal Studio,
Airevalley Business Centre,
Lawkholme Lane,
Keighley,
BD21 3BB

 

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