Hairspray, DLO's summer 2021 teen musical

Made possible in partnership with 
The Fischer Theatre
and the generous support of
The John P. Cadle Foundation

Teen Musical

July 30 & 31, 2021, 7:30pm
August 1, 2:00pm 

The Fischer Theatre

Directed by Lisa Strain
Orchestra Directed by Ellen Howie
Vocal Music Directed by Christian Cunningham

limited seating – reservations recommended


It’s 1962 in Baltimore, 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 integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do!

Hairspray is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

Audition Information

  • Who: Teens – no theater experience required. Please see character descriptions below.
  • When:
    • Sunday, May 9th 2:00-5:00 and 6:30-9:00 pm
    • Monday, May 10th 6:00-9:00 pm
    • Tuesday, May 11th 5:45-8:45 pm
    • Callbacks Thursday May 13th 6:00 pm -9:00 pm IF required
  • Where: Center Stage Rehearsal Hall at Village Mall in Danville
  • Prepare:
    Please fill out our online audition form here:
    And sign up for your audition time slot here:
    Come prepared with a song that highlights your talents (does not have to be from this show), a mask, and your best performance!
  • What to Expect:
    • You will sing only about 32 measures (20-60 seconds) of your prepared song. Mark your sheet music ahead of time so that you can show it to the accompanist quickly. We may cut you off early. If we do, we promise it’s not because we don’t like you. We’re just moving things along quickly so that we can get to everyone.
    • You may be asked to sing scales so we can assess your range.
    • You will audition individually with your song and scales.
    • You will read scenes from the script, either alone or with other auditionees.
    • Depending on the role you are trying out for, you may have a dance audition (usually in groups). Make sure you bring/wear comfortable shoes for your dance audition.
    • Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory.  Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Come to auditions with a list of any conflicts between now and August 1. Put all this information on your audition form.
    • Most of all, enjoy yourself and let your personality shine through. This is about fun and community!


  • Tracy Turnblad: Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist, she is large and in charge. Confident, talented, and incredibly determined. A romantic with a good heart and desire to cut up the dance floor. Always on top of the latest trends.
    This role should be played by a white actress.
    Vocal range: G3-G5
  • Corny Collins: The charismatic host of the Corny Collins’ Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera.
    Corny should be played by a white actor.
    Vocal range: D3-A4
  • Edna Turnblad: Tracy’s big and blonde mother. She is a working housewife who has lost her confidence and dream to be a plus-size clothing designer. Boisterous and commanding.
    Often played by a male in drag. This role should be played by a white performer.
    Vocal range: F3-G5
  • Penny Pingleton: Tracy’s best friend and dorky sidekick. Not the brightest girl, but she has good intentions. Bursting to get free of her mother’s dominating control, she falls for Seaweed with childlike curiosity.
    This role should be played by a white actress.
    Vocal range: A3-G5
  • Velma Von Tussle: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.
    This role should be played by a white actress.
    Vocal range: G3-E5
  • Amber Von Tussle: Link’s girlfriend and Tracy’s nemesis. She is pretty, thin, shallow, snobby, and racist. Can’t dance but is expected to win Miss Baltimore Hairspray. Always feels the need to be the center of attention.
    This role should be played by a white actress.
    Vocal range: A3-F5
  • Link Larkin: The star heartthrob on Corny Collins’ show. He is extremely attractive and talented. Hoping to get his big break with a recording contract, he unexpectedly falls for Tracy.
    This role should be played by a white actor.
    Vocal range: G3-A5
  • Seaweed J. Stubbs: 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.
    Seaweed should be played by a Black actor.
    Vocal range: F3-D5
  • Little Inez: Seaweed’s little sister.
    Little Inez should be played by a Black actress.
  • Motormouth Maybelle: Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother, she also appears as the Guest DJ on the Corny Collin’s Negro Day show. Big, blonde, beautiful and proud of it. She is sassy and confident.
    This role should be played by a Black actress.
    Vocal range: F3-E5
  • Wilbur Turnblad: Tracy’s simpleminded and kind father. He owns a joke shop and supports his daughter in spite of everything else. He also loves his wife, Edna, very much.
    This role should be played by a white actor.
    Vocal range: A3-A5
  • Prudy Pingleton: Penny’s strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded.
    This role should be played by a white actress.
    Vocal range: D4-B4
  • Ensemble: Corny Collins’ Kids (Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, Etc.); Students; Protestors