Hairspray

The Broadway Musical
Book by Thomas Meehan Mark O'Donnell
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman Scott Wittman
Based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters
 

SYNOPSIS

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.
 
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!
 
 

CHARACTERS

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.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
 
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.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
 
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. Played by a male in drag.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
 
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.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3
 
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.
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3
 
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.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
 
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.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3
 
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.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3
 
Little Inez
The younger sister of Seaweed and daughter of Motormouth Maybelle. 
Gender: Female
Age: 9 to 13
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C5
 
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.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F3
 
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.
Gender: Male
Age: 55 to 65
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3
 
Prudy Pingleton
Penny's strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: D4
 
Ensemble
Corny Collins' Kids: Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, more...; Students; Protestors
 

REHEARSALS

 
Rehearsals begin on March 27 and take place five nights a week, Sundays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Technical rehearsals are:
 
Sunday, June 4 from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, June 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
 

PERFORMANCES

Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 at 2:30 p.m.
 

DIRECTOR

Marissa Leenaarts ( AEA ) - Grew up performing in the Akron Cleveland area. She is happy to be back in Ohio after performing as an equity singer/dancer at Walt Disney World for a number of years. At Disney she was contracted in several shows including The Hoop Dee Doo Revue , Disney’s Voyage of the Little Mermaid , and My Disney Girls Perfectly Princess Tea Party.  Marissa has choreographed Firestone High school’s productions of The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and Ghost the Musical . Most recently she choreographed Akron’s All City Musical’s Beauty and the Beast.  Other Choreography credits include productions at the Akron Civic Theatre/ All City Musical (Shrek the Musical, Bye Bye Birdie) , Weathervane Playhouse ( Willy Wonka, A Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma) as well as Ohio University (Mary Poppins). Marissa is the new owner of Spotlight School of the Arts. She lives happily in Akron, Ohio with her husband Jason and their rotten boxer dog, Mr. Dempsey. Marissa is a member of Actors Equity Association.
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