Tracy Turnblad: (female 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.

Edna Turnblad: (male 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.

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.

Velma Von Tussle: (female 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.

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

Motormouth Maybelle: (female alto) owner of a downtown record shop and a guest DJ 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.

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.

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.

Little Inez: (high mezzo belt) Seaweed's younger sister. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, wise beyond her years.

Mr. Pinky – (male baritone) Owner of Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway (plus size dress shop).

The Dynamites: Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna – Talented vocal trio a la The Supremes. Featured in many numbers together in tight harmony.

Council Members: Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann – Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show.

Detention Students: Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Cindy Watkins, Stooie, Thad – Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth Maybelle's record shop.

Prudy Pingleton –Penny's uptight mother. Very conservative, controlling and closed-minded.

Harriman F. Spritzer – Ultra Clutch Hairspray President and Producer of The Corny Collins Show

Gym Teacher/Principal – Featured dual role.

Ensemble: to play high school students and citizens of Baltimore.

Please note: A strong component of the Hairspray story revolves around race in the 1960's, as well as specific body types and ages. It is our goal to forward the story as the writers intended to the best of our ability and we will not be using make‐up to modify ethnicity or costuming to dramatically alter body-type.

Thank you for auditioning for our summer mainstage production of HAIRSPRAY! Our mainstage is our most competitive program and we were once again blown away by the turnout and the talented students who came out to audition. In order to keep the cast size relatively small, we  were not able to cast all students who auditioned. If you don't see your name on the cast list, please keep in mind that we are a year-round youth theater program and there are many other programs that we offer, including seasonal workshops, weekly classes, master classes, intensive workshops and cabaret performance opportunities!

The Spotlight Arts Summer Mainstage is a large-scale commercial production directed by industry professionals and is by audition only. Rehearsals take place three evenings a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) between 5-9pm beginning the first week of June. Only ONE absence is allowed in the mainstage program. Summer vacations can only be pre-approved prior to casting.

​Click here to submit your bio by June 22
​Click here to sign up for a parent volunteer position by June 22
Click here to purchase show t-shirt​ by June 15


Summer Mainstage 2017