Character Breakdowns

Wondering what character in Hairspray would be the right one for your audition?  Here are descriptions of the roles we need to fill for the musical.  See below for PDFs of sheet music of audition pieces.

music_notesActors are expected to come to auditions having decided on a song they want to perform and ready to sing (you may audition for more than one character and perform more than one song, but note that time for individual singing auditions is limited).  If this is your first time auditioning, please know that there will not be any time to learn or practice the music during auditions.  Actors should be ready to sing when they are called in for their turn.

If you have questions about the audition process, feel free to contact us or ask on our Facebook page so everyone else can see the answer, too.  Remember… casting for TPTC’s Summer Theater Workshop is just to determine roles.  Everyone who signs up for the program gets in and gets to perform in the show, no matter their prior acting experience!

When deciding what song to sing, you should pick the piece you feel most comfortable with and that you can do best.  Note that for initial auditions, there will be general songs for different groups of characters depending on the characters’ age/gender.  For example, all of the “adult” female characters may sing the same song.  When we get to callbacks, actors may be asked to sing different songs depending on whether we’re considering them for a particular character. 

Regardless of the character you think you would like to play, our initial auditions will ask you to sing one of the following songs (your choice):

Pick the one you feel most comfortable with, but always good to know more than one!

If you haven’t yet, sign up for an audition time slot to let us know when you’re coming!

Tracy Turnbladthe female lead; a pleasantly plump teen who dreams of fame and acceptance

Edna Turnblad – Tracy’s kind, plus-sized mom who runs her own laundry… usually played by a man

Velma Von Tussle – our villainess!  A tiger mom and producer of The Corny Collins Show

Penny Pingleton – Tracy’s slightly dorky, devoted, and perky best friend

Motormouth Maybelle – Owner of downtown record shop and host of “Negro Day” on The Corny Collins Show

Amber Von Tussle – bratty, selfish, resident princess of The Corny Collins Show

Link Larkin – a teen heartthrob and Corny Collins Show Council member who falls for Tracy

Seaweed J. Stubbs – a hip “Negro Day” dancer and Motormouth’s son who falls in love with Penny

Wilbur Turnblad – Tracy’s goofy dad who owns the Har-De-Har Hut joke shop

Corny Collins – the eccentric and cocky host of The Corny Collins Show tv dance program

Little Inez – Seaweed’s younger sister who tries to audition for The CC Show

Prudy Pingleton – Penny’s overprotective, often close-minded mom

Mr. Pinky – owner of The Hefty Hideaway who gives Tracy and Edna a makeover

The Matron – female prison guard at The Big Dollhouse

Harriman F. Spritzer – President of Ultra Clutch Hairspray

Principal – of Paterson Park High School

Gym Teacher – oversees dodge ball scene

Ensemble Characters
Don’t know which character to audition for?  There are plenty of ensemble characters in Hairspray who all sing and dance their bobby socks off!  Everybody in Hairspray is going to have a great time journeying back to the bubblegum 60’s!