Act One

  • Good Morning Baltimore – Tracy and Ensemble
  • The Nicest Kids in Town – Corny and Council Members
  • Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now – Edna, Tracy, Prudy, Penny, Velma, Amber, and Female Ensemble
  • I Can Hear the Bells – Tracy and Council Members
  • The Legend of Miss Baltimore Crabs – Velma and Council Members with Tracy, Penny, and Little Inez
  • The Madison – Council Members
  • The Nicest Kids in Town (Reprise) – Corny and Council Members
  • It Takes Two – Link, Tracy, and Council Guys
  • Velma’s Revenge – Velma
  • Welcome to the 60’s – Tracy, Edna, The Dynamites, Mr. Pinky, and Ensemble
  • Run and Tell That! – Seaweed, Little Inez, and Detention Kids
  • Big, Blonde and Beautiful – Motormouth, Little Inez, Tracy, Edna, Wilbur, and Company

Act Two

  • The Big Dollhouse – Matron, Edna, Velma, Tracy, Amber, Penny, Motormouth, Little Inez, and Female Ensemble
  • Good Morning Baltimore (Reprise) – Tracy
  • You’re Timeless to Me – Edna and Wilbur
  • You’re Timeless to Me (Reprise) – Edna and Wilbur
  • Without Love – Tracy, Link, Penny, Seaweed, and Ensemble
  • I Know Where I’ve Been – Motormouth and Ensemble
  • It’s Hairspray – Corny and Council Members
  • Cooties – Amber and Council Members
  • You Can’t Stop the Beat – Tracy, Link, Penny, Seaweed, Edna, Wilbur, Motormouth, Velma, Amber, and Ensemble

Audition times on Sunday 15th April  at Wickersley Library (map)

Female auditions – Arrive at 12:00pm to sort admin. Auditions to start at 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Company Ensemble – Arrive at 1:30pm to sort admin. Auditions to start 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Male auditions – 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Character Reading (Click for Libretto) Song (link opens in new window)
Corny Collins Pg 9

Pg 32-34

The Nicest Kids in town (bar 125 – end)
Edna Turnblad

Pg 11-12

Pg 74-75

Welcome to the 60s (bar 130-159)

Timeless Reprise

Motormouth Maybelle Pg 54-55

Pg 88-89

I know where I’ve been
Velma Von Tussle Pg 8-9

Pg 71

Velma’s Revenge
Mr Pinky

Pg 42

 Welcome to the 60s
Prison Matron

No advance dialogue preparation required

 Welcome to the 60s
Prudy Pingleton Pg 5-6

Pg 103

 Welcome to the 60s
Wilbur Turnblad Pg 11-12

Pg 74-75

Timeless Reprise
Tracey Turnblad Pg 59-60

Pg 80-81 

Good Morning, Baltimore (to bar 37)

Mama, I’m a big girl now (to bar 50)

Without love (bar 25-45)

Link Larkin Pg 59-60

Pg 80-81 

It takes two (to bar 36)

Without love (to bar 25)

Penny Pingleton Pg 47-48

Pg 83

Mama, I’m a big girl now (to bar 50)

Without love (bar 54-73 including Seaweed’s part)

Seaweed Stubbs Pg 47-48

Pg 83 

Run & tell that (bar 13-66)

Without love (bar 64-73)

Amber Von Tussle Pg 33-34

Pg 48-49

Mama, I’m a big girl now (sing all parts to bar 50)
Little Inez Pg 53 Run & tell that (from bar 78)
The Dynamites No advance dialogue preparation required Welcome to the 60s
Ensemble and all parts not listed above No advance dialogue preparation required Welcome to the 60s

Hairspray Character Breakdown

Tracy Turnblad: (mezzo, belt) Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. A “pleasantly plump” teenager who dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show.  Girls of all shapes and sizes will be considered for this role. Must move well. (Dance experience a plus!)

Edna Turnblad: (second tenor/baritone or female contralto) Tracy’s kind, plus-sized mother – typically played by a male. Edna runs a laundry business out of her home. A working class, devoted, loving housewife with dreams of her own. Sincere, not campy. Moves well.

Amber Von Tussle: (female soprano) Bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show, despite her lack of talent. She is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Must move well.

Velma Von Tussle: (mezzo belt) 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.

Penny Pingleton: (female mezzo, belt) Tracy’s slightly dorky, devoted, neurotic and perky best friend. Moves well.

Link Larkin: (male second tenor/baritone) A teenage heartthrob and one of The Corny Collins Show Council Members who falls in love with Tracy. Must move well.

Motormouth Maybelle: (female alto or male counter tenor, or second tenor/baritone) The owner of a downtown record shop and a host on The Corny Collins Show; self-described as “big, blonde and beautiful.” Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. Powerful and inspiring, with an infectious, brassy personality. Black or African American. Must move well.

Seaweed J. Stubbs: (male tenor) A hip dancer. His dance lessons help Tracy get chosen for the local TV teen dance show. Cool, attractive, street smart, goodhearted. Son of Motormouth Maybelle who becomes Penny’s boyfriend. Black or African American. Must move well.

Wilbur Turnblad: (male baritone) Tracy’s goofy father; owns the Har-De-Har Hut joke shop and is still madly in love with his wife, Edna. He encourages Tracy to follow her dreams. A working class inventor with a sweet, childlike personality. Adores his family.

Corny Collins: (male tenor) Host of the local TV teen dance show. Handsome, charming, engaging, smooth. Moves well.

Little Inez: (high mezzo belt) Seaweed’s younger sister, who tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. Black or African American. Must move well.

Prudy Pingleton: (female mezzo) Penny’s overprotective and often closed-minded mother.

Mr. Pinky: (male baritone) Owner of Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway (Dress shop)

Female Featured Ensemble Roles: One or several actresses to play various Authority Figure characters including The Matron guarding The Big Dollhouse (Prison); The HS Gym Teacher

Male Featured Ensemble Roles: One or several actors to play various zany roles including a nervous businessman; a condescending high school principal; a flamboyant fashion boutique owner; a cop; and a corrupt prison guard. May be played by one or several actors.

The Dynamites: 3 sassy singer/dancers, inspired by the Supremes. Black or African American. Must move well.

The Corny Collins Dancers: IQ, Shelly, Brenda, Sketch, Fender, Tammy, Lou Ann, Brad, Joey, Mikey, Vicki, Becky, Bix, Jesse, Darla, Pauline, Noreen, Doreen- Must Dance!

Ensemble: to play high school students and citizens of Baltimore, all races, all types. High school students must move well.


  Hairspray set

NODA review from last night!!

You really couldn’t stop the beat at the Rotherham Civic Theatre this week, as Wickersley Youngstars presented Hairspray.
From the off, these talented young performers acted, sang and danced their hearts out. The future of amateur theatre in Rotherham is in good hands. 
The story revolves around Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with a big heart and a bigger ‘do’. This role was played to full by Bethan Carter. Hardly ever off stage, Bethan took on this huge role like a pro, never letting her character or accent slip for a second. I shall certainly look out for Bethan’s name in the future. 
Tracy’s love interest is, of course, Link Larkin. In this production, Link was played by Aaron McClarence. Aaron has a lovely voice which was a pleasure to listen too.
The stand out performance of the night for me, however, was Penny Pingleton, played to absolute perfection by Caitlin Osbourne. Caitlin managed to get every ounce of comedy out of this role. She obviously has a natural ability for comedy. 
Now, where would any production of Hairspray be without Tracy’s parents? In the iconic roles of Edna and Wilbur Turnblad, we had Jonah Thompson and Joe Wood. These two worked wonderfully together and their ‘Timeless to me’ was a highlight of the evening. 
The major characters were well supported by Kieran Richards (Seaweed Stubbs) Maddie Dyson (Velma) Abi Johnson (Amber) Ben Unsworth (Corny) Daisy Mae Riley (the most adorable Little Inez I’ve ever seen) and Maisie Vera ( an exceptional turn as Motormouth Maybelle). All of these wonderful principals were backed up by a talented ensemble.
If I had some criticism, it would be that at times, I thought there was too much ‘set’ on stage as the civic is not the biggest stage in the world. There were also some sound issues which was not the fault of the performers, but, at time distracted the audience.
Credit to the production team, especially Jonny White who’s first attempt this was at directing. 
Well done to all involved in this show. I had a very enjoyable evening and was fully entertained. Thanks to all at Wickersley Youngstars for your hospitality. 
Here’s to ‘Footloose’.