Hairspray Jr.

Book by Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman

Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

Hairspray Jr.

Wendy Samantha Productions through Showtime is proud to present Hairspray Jr. as part of our Junior Program for 2016/2017 performing at the Performance Centre, Doncaster Secondary College.

You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance and change the world.

Hairspray JR. is the family-friendly musical piled with laughter, friendship and deliriously tuneful songs. Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray JR. is a show that will celebrate everyone’s diversity and bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and sense of humor, specifically altered to meet the needs of young cast members.

It’s 1962, and spunky 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 mother, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable.


Detailed Synopsis

Source from Music Theatre International Australasia

Early on a Monday morning in early June 1962, Tracy Turnblad wakes up to face another day, full of hope and big dreams ("Good Morning Baltimore"). After school, Tracy and her best friend, Penny Pingleton, race home to watch "The Corny Collins Show," a local teenage music and dance show on TV ("The Nicest Kids in Town"). On the show, teen idol, Link Larkin, pledges his love to Amber Von Tussle by giving her his Council Member ring, and Corny Collins announces auditions for new Council Members. Seeing her chance at stardom, Tracy plans to cut school and audition for the show, but her mother, Edna Turnblad, does not approve. Elsewhere, Penny and Amber also argue with their mothers ("Mama I'm a Big Girl Now").

Tracy goes to the audition, but is ridiculed by the girls on the show and sent away by Amber's mother and show producer, Velma Von Tussle. Sitting in detention, a frustrated Tracy learns some new dance moves from Seaweed J Stubbs, a black student whose mother is Motormouth Maybelle, the DJ who hosts the monthly Negro Day on "The Corny Collins Show." The next evening there is a school dance and, there, Tracy is able to impress Corny with the new moves she picked up in detention, earning her a spot on "The Corny Collins Show." During her debut, Link Larkin sings a song just for Tracy ("It Takes Two"). Now a local star, Tracy gets an offer to be the spokesgirl for Mr. Pinky's clothing store, The Hefty Hideaway, which gets her mother out of the house for the first time in years as the duo heads to the store to update their wardrobes ("Welcome to the Sixties").

At school, Tracy continues to be teased by Amber and becomes the target in a dodgeball game. After the game, Link, Penny and Seaweed stay behind to help Tracy and, there, Seaweed invites them to join him at his mother's record shop ("Run and Tell That"). The Von Tussles barge in and spoil the party with their bigotry, but this gives Tracy the idea to integrate "The Corny Collins Show" by having Motormouth and her daughter, Little Inez, crash Mother/Daughter Day on the show. Fears of police and jail don't stop Tracy from moving forward with the plan.

Unfortunately, the plan for integration lands all of the mothers and daughters in jail ("The Big Dollhouse"). Everyone gets out, except for Tracy, who is denied bail ("Baltimore – Reprise"). Link comes to the rescue and professes his love for Tracy while, elsewhere, Seaweed and Penny reveal their feelings for each other too ("Without Love"). The kids hatch a plan to get Tracy on the nationwide Miss Teenage Hairspray broadcast, and bring the news to Motormouth, who expresses that she will never stop fighting for equality ("I Know Where I've Been").

Corny Collins begins his nationwide broadcast ("(It's) Hairspray") and introduces Amber for her dance ("Cooties"). Just before Amber is crowned Miss Teenage Hairspray, Tracy and her friends storm in and take over the show ("You Can't Stop the Beat – Part 1"). Corny declares Tracy is the new Miss Teenage Hairspray 1962, and Tracy declares that "The Corny Collins Show" is officially integrated. Edna makes a grand entrance, and even the Von Tussles can't resist the celebration ("You Can't Stop the Beat – Part 2").

Characters & Roles

  • Tracy Turnblad - Tracy Turnblad is a young lady with big hair and an even bigger personality! She is the hero of our story and she is sweet but also strong in her convictions. She is bigger in size than the other girls, but she isn't shy about it - she can still dance with the best of them! Make sure to cast an excellent singer, dancer and actor, but most importantly, cast a young lady who has wonderful stage presence and can easily capture the audience's hearts. Tracy should be played by a white actress.
  • Corny Collins - Corny Collins, the host of "The Corny Collins Show," is a Baltimore celebrity. Foremost, Corny is a charmer, so be sure to cast a young performer with great energy and who is unafraid of being in the center spotlight. Corny should be both an experienced singer and actor. Corny should be played by a white actor.
  • Edna Turnblad - Edna Turnblad is Tracy's loving mother who doesn't spend much time outside the house. She works days and nights as a laundress in her home, and her lack of social interaction has made her a bundle of nerves. This is a fantastic role for a young white lady with great acting chops who can transform into an older character. Edna should be a proficient singer and be willing to sell it with strong character choices.
  • Wilbur Turnblad - Wilbur Turnblad is Edna's loving husband and Tracy's supportive father who just wants the best for his girls. This is a good role for a new performer. Make sure the actor playing Wilbur complements Edna. It can be fun to cast a Wilbur who is significantly smaller in stature than Edna for some great physical comedy! Wilbur should be played by a white actor.
  • Penny Pingleton - Penny Pingleton is Tracy's fun and sheltered sidekick. She is a young lady caught between her mother's very strict rules and her own wants and desires to be just another teenage girl. This is a good role for an actress with a sweet voice and great comedic instincts. Penny should be played by a white actress.
  • Prudy Pingleton - Prudy Pingleton is a fun role for a performer who can really jump headfirst into a character role. She is Penny's eccentric but loving mother, who wants the best for her daughter but is extreme in her means. Prudy should be a good actress, capable of capturing the conflict of being a caring mother who can't help but be overprotective. Prudy should be played by a white actress.
  • Amber Von Tussle -

    Amber Vontussle is a prom queen nightmare! She is definitely "The Corny Collins Show" favorite, but she is competitive and has a bad attitude. Amber is a great performer, so cast a young lady who can do it all. Amber should be played by a white actress.

  • Velma Von Tussle - Velma Von Tussle is a carbon copy of Amber - just twenty years older and meaner! She is most concerned with making sure her daughter wins Miss Teenage Baltimore. Cast a white actress who is unafraid of being a little bit evil and who can make bold acting choices.
  • Link Larkin - Link Larkin is Baltimore's biggest heartthrob, and Tracy's dream guy. Link is considered the best performer in town, so cast a young man who is a triple threat - a great actor, singer and dancer. He should have a lot of charisma and a sparkle in his eye. Think of any teenage idol who is able to reduce girls to tears - there's your guy! Link should be played by a white actor.
  • Seaweed J. Stubbs - Seaweed J. Stubbs is the object of Penny's affections, and together, they are determined to defy the segregation laws of the 1960s. Seaweed can do it all! This is a great role for an experienced young black performer who can sing, dance and act well.
  • Motormouth Maybelle - Motormouth Maybelle is a soulful part for a black performer who can play an older age. In this story, she is the face of the Civil Rights Movement and sings the beautiful anthem, "I Know Where I've Been." Cast a performer with a great voice and more importantly, someone who has strong stage presence.
  • Little Inez Stubbs - Little Inez Stubbs is Seaweed's little sister and a great breakout role for a black actress. Little Inez gets her moment in the spotlight, so be sure to cast a young lady who is a great singer and dancer. Cast an actress with a quiet exterior who can and will be bold when the opportunity comes.
  • Motormouth Maybelle - Motormouth Maybelle is a soulful part for a black performer who can play an older age. In this story, she is the face of the Civil Rights Movement and sings the beautiful anthem, "I Know Where I've Been." Cast a performer with a great voice and more importantly, someone who has strong stage presence.
  • The Dynamites -

    The Dynamites (Judine, Kamilah and Shayna) are a dynamic musical trio, iconic of the Motown era and the 1960s. Think the Supremes. Cast three young women who are advanced singers and dancers who complement each other. They don't need to look alike, but cast a group that can be synchronous in their music and dance.

  • Mr. Pinky - Mr. Pinky owns a ladies' clothing shop and is a salesperson inside and out - he is always the first to give a compliment. This is a perfect character role for a young person who may be new to the stage but has wonderful energy and acting potential.
  • Council Members -

    Brad, Tammy, Fender, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Brenda and Lou Ann are the famed teenage performers on "The Corny Collins Show." This is a great opportunity to feature your best singers and dancers, as they'll have to emulate some of the most famous dance moves from the 1960s. Find kids with a lot of personality, and encourage them to be bold in their characterizations of each teenage performer.

  • Ensemble - Other standout 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. This is truly a story about communities intersecting, so be sure to remind all of your actors that each role matters.

Performance Dates

Fame will be performed at the Peforming Arts Centre - Doncaster Secondary College:

  • Friday 5th May 2017
  • Saturday 6th May 2017
  • Sunday 7th May 2017

Performance Venue Location

Peforming Arts Centre - Doncaster Secondary College

123 Church Rd, Doncaster VIC 3108

Friday 7pm

Tracy Turnblad – Kushinka Jayewardene
Penny Pingleton – Keira Singleton
Amber von Tussle – Lauren Wu
Link Larkin – Ethan Oppy
Edna Turnblad – Max Nania
Seaweed J. Stubbs – Jack Spallas
Little Inez Stubbs – Elysia Wang
Prudy Pingleton – Frances Fleming
Velma von Tussle – Sophia Connor
Motormouth Maybelle – Xian Loi
Corny Collins – Frederick Hughes
Dynamites – Judine – Amber Hay
Dynamites – Shayna – Keila Adinugroho
Dynamites – Kamilah – Ashleigh Hughes
Swing Roles - Zara Bettiss, Amber Stanton & Matilda Wise
Principal – Stella Nicoll
Wilbur Turnblad / Male Guard – Joshua Gong
Mr Pinky / Gilbert – Harrison Stoneman-Banks
Dance Troupe - Alicia Wildes, Alida Worthy, Cheyenne Robinson-Sambrooks, Claudia Ciempka, Isabella Norton, Keira Kemeridis, Lucia Hodgman, Olivia Seigle, Sadhbh Raftery, Sasha Campitelli
Ensemble - Alexia Brady, Amber Stanton, Caitlyn Crawford, Ellie Charman, Ella Yang, Emily Gong, Emily Woods, Harriet Wise, Jacqueline Wang, Lily Wang, Zoe Zingiris

Saturday 12pm

Tracy Turnblad – Joanne Dimaris
Penny Pingleton – Jazzy Devlin
Amber von Tussle – Lauren Wu
Link Larkin – Ethan Oppy
Edna Turnblad – Max Nania
Seaweed J. Stubbs – Jack Spallas
Little Inez Stubbs – Akeira Somphanpanya
Prudy Pingleton – Kate Cunningham
Velma von Tussle – Sophie Chiew
Motormouth Maybelle – Ashleigh Hughes
Corny Collins – Frederick Hughes
Dynamites – Judine – Julianna Chandrasekara
Dynamites – Shayna – Keila Adinugroho
Dynamites – Kamilah – Amber Stanton
Swing Roles- Zara Bettiss, Amber Hay & Matilda Wise
Principal – Stella Nicoll
Wilbur Turnblad / Male Guard – Joshua Gong
Mr Pinky / Gilbert – Harrison Stoneman-Banks
Dance Troupe - Alicia Wildes, Alida Worthy, Cheyenne Robinson-Sambrooks, Claudia Ciempka, Isabella Norton, Keira Kemeridis, Lucia Hodgman, Olivia Seigle, Sadhbh Raftery, Sasha Campitelli
Ensemble - Alexia Brady, Amber Stanton, Caitlyn Crawford, Ellie Charman, Ella Yang, Emily Gong, Emily Woods, Harriet Wise, Jacqueline Wang, Lily Wang, Zoe Zingiris

Saturday 7.30pm

Tracy Turnblad – Joanne Dimaris
Penny Pingleton – Keira Singleton
Amber von Tussle – Chloe Bettiss
Link Larkin – Ethan Oppy
Edna Turnblad – Max Nania
Seaweed J. Stubbs – Jack Spallas
Little Inez Stubbs – Elysia Wang
Prudy Pingleton – Kate Cunningham
Velma von Tussle – Sophia Connor
Motormouth Maybelle – Xian Loi
Corny Collins – Frederick Hughes
Dynamites – Judine – Julianna Chandrasekara
Dynamites – Shayna – Keila Adinugroho
Dynamites – Kamilah – Ashleigh Hughes
Swing Roles- Zara Bettiss, Amber Hay & Matilda Wise
Principal – Stella Nicoll
Wilbur Turnblad / Male Guard – Joshua Gong
Mr Pinky / Gilbert – Harrison Stoneman-Banks Dance Troupe - Alicia Wildes, Alida Worthy, Cheyenne Robinson-Sambrooks, Claudia Ciempka, Isabella Norton, Keira Kemeridis, Lucia Hodgman, Olivia Seigle, Sadhbh Raftery, Sasha Campitelli
Ensemble - Alexia Brady, Amber Stanton, Caitlyn Crawford, Ellie Charman, Ella Yang, Emily Gong, Emily Woods, Harriet Wise, Jacqueline Wang, Lily Wang, Zoe Zingiris

Sunday 1pm

Tracy Turnblad – Kushinka Jayewardene
Penny Pingleton – Jazzy Devlin
Amber von Tussle – Chloe Bettiss
Link Larkin – Ethan Oppy
Edna Turnblad – Max Nania
Seaweed J. Stubbs – Jack Spallas
Little Inez Stubbs – Akeira Somphanpanya
Prudy Pingleton – Frances Fleming
Velma von Tussle – Sophie Chiew
Motormouth Maybelle – Xian Loi
Corny Collins – Frederick Hughes
Dynamites – Judine – Julianna Chandrasekara
Dynamites – Shayna – Keila Adinugroho
Dynamites – Kamilah – Ashleigh Hughes
Swing Roles- Zara Bettiss, Amber Hay & Matilda Wise
Principal – Stella Nicoll
Wilbur Turnblad / Male Guard – Joshua Gong
Mr Pinky / Gilbert – Harrison Stoneman-Banks
Dance Troupe - Alicia Wildes, Alida Worthy, Cheyenne Robinson-Sambrooks, Claudia Ciempka, Isabella Norton, Keira Kemeridis, Lucia Hodgman, Olivia Seigle, Sadhbh Raftery, Sasha Campitelli
Ensemble - Alexia Brady, Amber Stanton, Caitlyn Crawford, Ellie Charman, Ella Yang, Emily Gong, Emily Woods, Harriet Wise, Jacqueline Wang, Lily Wang, Zoe Zingiris

Production Team

Director - Wendy Samantha

Musical Director - Chris McLeod

Assistant Director - Chee-Rae Loi

Choreographer - Alarni Morgan

Assistant Choreographers - George Evangelakos & Amelia Campitelli

Producer - Shenuka Abeysena

Assistant Producer - Laura Wilcox

Production Assistant - Bella Soccio

Vocal Coach - Kat Giannaris & Alessandra Ranno

Costume Design & Making - Lorraine Tyedin

Set Design & Construction - James Worboyes & Shenuka Abeysena

Technical Consultant - Mark Banks

Lighting Operator - Chris Milburn

Radio Mic Technician - Mark Banks & Shenuka Abeysena

Sound Design - Mark Banks

Sound Operator - Mark Banks

Sound Effects Operator -

Marketing & Publicity -

Flyer & Program Design - Shenuka

Photography - Shenuka

Backstage Crew Manager -

Backstage Crew - ...

Audition Information

Auditions will be held at the middle of November in 2016.

  • Wednesday 16th November 2016
  • Saturday 19th November 2016
  • Sunday 20th November 2016

Audition Venue Location

Trinity Lutheran Church, 53 Victoria St, Doncaster VIC 3108

We are looking for performers and strong dancers aged 8-14 years old as of the 1st May 2017.