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Encore Theatrical holds auditions for Young Stars production of “Hairspray, Jr.”

MORRISTOWN, TN -- Encore Theatrical Company announces auditions for its Young Stars Series production of “Hairspray, Jr.” on April 2 and 3. Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, “Hairspray Jr.” is a delightful and fun family-friendly musical.

It's 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream — to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable.

The Encore Young Stars Series is open to students ages 8 to 18 (through graduating seniors) to audition for the production. Auditions will take place on Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. Auditions will be held at Walters State Community College in Morristown. Please bring sheet music and be prepared to sing 32 bars, preferably from the musical theatre genre. An accompanist will be provided. Accompaniment CDs without vocals may be used.

Please dress in comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and appropriate shoes for the dance portion of the audition. Please bring a calendar with all conflicts from April 18 - June 11. Rehearsals will begin mid-April with performances scheduled for June 8-11.

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Character Breakdown

Tracy Turnblad - She is a young lady with big hair and an even bigger personality. She is the hero of the story. Bigger in size than the other girls, but she isn't shy about it - she can still dance with the best of them! Looking to cast a white actress who is an excellent singer/dancer/actor.

Corny Collins- The host of "The Corny Collins Show!" Corny is a charmer with great energy and unafraid of the spotlight. Corny should be played by a white experienced singer/actor.

Edna Turnblad – Tracy's loving mother. Hard worker with not much social interaction. This is a fantastic role for a young white lady that can transform into an older character.

Wilbur Turnblad - Edna's loving husband/Tracy's supportive farther. White actor.

Penny Pingleton - Tracy's fun, sheltered sidekick. Played by a comedic white actress.

Prudy Pingleton – Penny's eccentric, loving, overprotective mother, who wants the best for her daughter. Extreme in her means. Prudy should be played by a white actress.

Amber Vontussle - Prom queen nightmare! Competitive/bad attitude. White actress. Velma Von Tussle - Carbon copy of Amber - just twenty years older and meaner! White actress who is unafraid of being a little bit evil and can make bold acting choices.

Link Larkin – He is Baltimore's biggest heartthrob and Tracy's dream guy. White actor who is a strong actor, singer, and dancer.

Seaweed J. Stubbs – The object of Penny's affections, and together, they are determined to defy the segregation law of the 1960s. Great role for an experienced young African American performer who can sing, dance and act well.

Little Inez Stubbs – Seaweed's little sister. Quiet exterior, but bold when opportunity comes. Great breakout role for an African American actress who is a great singer and dancer.

Motormouth Maybelle – A soulful part for an African American performer who can play an older age. Looking to cast a performer with a great voice and more importantly, someone who has strong stage presence.

The Dynamites (Judine, Kamilah and Shayna) – They are a dynamic musical trio, iconic of the Motown era and the 1960s. Looking to cast three young women - advanced singers and dancers who complement each other.

Mr. Pinky- Owns a ladies' clothing shop - salesperson inside and out. Council Members - Brad, Tammy, Fender, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Brenda and Lou Ann are the famed teenage performers on "The Corny Collins Show." Each unique in character. An amazing group of singers and dancers. Group must emulate famous 1960s dance moves.

Ensemble roles include: Gym Teacher, Cindy Watkins, Matron, Principal, Lorraine, Gilbert, Thad, Duane, Stooie, Beatnik Chick, Male Guard, Guard, Newscaster and Council Members. These roles give more texture to the lively world of 1960s Baltimore.

Published March 22, 2017

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