PVPA Professional Auditions


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Palos Verdes Performing Arts announces casting for Hairspray, book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman. This production features big dance numbers, unforgettable songs, and tells a story of inclusion and acceptance. We are seeking strong singers, dancers, and movers of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Please prepare two contrasting one-minute selections from songs in the style of the show and bring your book with other options in case the director would like to hear more from you. An accompanist will be provided. Please provide sheet music clearly marked and in the proper key and bring a headshot and resume.

Producer: Chris Gilbert
Director: Kari Hayter
Stage Manager: Jenny Jacobs
Music Director: TBD
Choreographer: Christopher Albrecht
Production Assistant: Cole Cuomo
AEA Guest Artist Tier III - $585/week
Non-union - $1000 flat fee

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 12 pm – 8 pm - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY                                                                                                                                              
at Madilyn Clark Studios, Studio D: 10852 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28, 12 pm – 8 pm - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY                                                                                                      
at the Norris Pavilion: 501 Indian Peak Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274     
APPOINTMENT DETAILS: Please forward all submissions including headshots and resumes to colec@pvperformingarts.com. For questions call (310) 544-0403 x254.

SATURDAY MARCH 2, 10 am – 6 pm – BY INVITATION ONLY                                                                                                                
at the Norris Pavilion: 501 Indian Peak Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274     
***You will not be needed to be present at callbacks for the entire allotted time, callbacks will be scheduled by role and availability.                                  
LOCATION DETAILS: The Norris Pavilion Building is next to the fire station. Parking is across the street in mall parking structure. It is FREE.

APRIL 2 – 25, 2019
Tuesday-Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm, Sundays 12pm-8pm                                                           

All rehearsals will be held at the Norris Pavilion. **Non-union rehearsals start April 2; AEA actors begin April 9.

APRIL 26 – MAY 12, 2019                                                                                                                                                            
Fridays 7:30 pm, Saturdays 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Sundays 2 pm

All performances will be held at the Norris Theater.

We are seeking a diverse group of storytellers to inhabit the world of 1960s Baltimore and engage with Hairspray’s themes of loving your neighbor and accepting yourself. Many of the roles in the story are necessarily designated as being of a particular ethnicity or body type as Hairspray explores the relationships among social groups and the perceived differences between them.  We seek to authentically represent all the points of view expressed in this story and will not use any artificial means to change the appearance of an actor’s ethnic background.


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: plays high school age. 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: plays high school age. Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: A3

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: plays high school age. 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: plays high school age. 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: plays high school age. Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: F3

Little Inez - Seaweed’s little sister and a very talented dancer. Little Inez is a determined young dancer who wants to be on the Corny Collins show. Gender: female. Age: plays 10-15. Vocal range top: F#4, Vocal range bottom: F3

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 despite 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 (played by Female Authority Figure)- Penny's strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded. Gender: female. Age: 40 to 50. Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: D4

Female Authority Figure – The Female Authority Figure covers the roles of Prudy Pingleton, the sadistic gym teacher, and the prison matron. 

Male Authority Figure – The Male Authority Figure covers the roles of Harriman F.Spritzer (Corny Collins show sponsor), the high-blood pressured principal, and Mr. Pinky (owner of a plus-sized dress shop).

Council Members – The Council members consist of Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ and Lou Ann. The council members are dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show.

Ensemble – The other students are the kids we find in detention and in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop. The other students will act as the ensemble for the show as well as having the opportunity to pick up lines of dialogue in a few scenes. 

The Dynamites - The Dynamites (Judine, Kamilah and Shayna) are a dynamic musical trio, iconic of the Motown era and the 1960s. Think the Supremes. The Dynamites are three young women who are advanced singers and dancers who complement each other. Gender: Female

We look forward to seeing your audition!