CREATIVE STAFF Director/Choreographer: Jeff Whiting Music Director: Milton Granger
TIME COMMITMENT REHEARSALS BEGIN: October 16, 2018 PERFORMANCES: October 30 - November 11, 2018
CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS SEEKING ALL ETHNICITIES FOR ALL ROLES EXCEPT WHERE SPECIFIED.
Tracy Turnblad - Age: 15 to 20 Vocal range top: G5 - Vocal range bottom: G3 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.
Corny Collins- Age: 25 to 35 Vocal range top: A4 - Vocal range bottom: D3 The charismatic host of the Corny Collins' Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera.
Edna Turnblad - Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: G5 - Vocal range bottom: F3 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.
Penny Pingleton - Age: 15 to 20 Vocal range top: G5 - Vocal range bottom: A3 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.
Velma Von Tussle- Age: 45 to 55 Vocal range top: E5 - Vocal range bottom: G3 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.
Amber Von Tussle- Age: 15 to 20 Vocal range top: F5 - Vocal range bottom: A3 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.
Link Larkin- Age: 15 to 20 Vocal range top: A5 - Vocal range bottom: G3 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.
Seaweed J. Stubbs - Age: 15 to 20 Vocal range top: D5 - Vocal range bottom: F3 African American. 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.
Little Inez - Age: Early Teens (13 – 15) Vocal range top: E5 - Vocal range bottom: C5 African American. Little Inez is Seaweed’s younger sister and Motormouth Maybelle’s daughter. She is a very talented dancer but when she tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show, she is turned away because she is black. Strong vocals – she can belt!
Motormouth Maybelle - Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: E5 - Vocal range bottom: F3 African American. 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.
Wilbur Turnblad- Age: 55 to 65 Vocal range top: A5 - Vocal range bottom: A3 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.
Prudy Pingleton - Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: B4 - Vocal range bottom: D4 Penny's strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded.
The Dynamites – Ages 25+ Vocal Range: varies African American. Talented black vocal trio (like The Supremes). Featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony. May also play other ensemble roles.