Algonquin Arts Theatre
Performing Arts | Education | Film
A New Jersey Non-Profit Organization
Box Office: 732-528-9211
Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 12-6pm | Saturday 12-4pm
173 Main Street | Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
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Hairspray - The Musical

Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman
Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production, featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble

Director: Ian Moore
Co-Director: Julie Nagy

Tuesday, May 12:
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Auditioners will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Wednesday, May 13: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Auditioners will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Tuesday, May 12 & Wednesday, May 13: By appointment only starting at 4 p.m.
*Students 10 to 18 years only.

  • All students under 18 who are cast in this production will be enrolled in the tuition-based 2015 Summer Stag Session Two - Algonquin Youth Ensemble, a musical theatre intensive program.

Acceptance through audition only! Actors must be able to attend all performances and mandatory rehearsals. Call Julie at 732.528.9224 to schedule an audition. Actors: if for some reason you cannot attend either audition day in May, please call Julie Nagy at 732.528.9224.

Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m. (Youth Ensemble)
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. (Adults)

*** Actors will be told at their audition as to whether or not they should come back to our call-back scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2015. If for some reason this is a schedule conflict, please indicate this on the actors audition form.

All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

Auditioners are asked to prepare at 16 to 32 bars of a song that matches the style of the musical. Be prepared to read as well as dance at the call-back. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key.

  • We encourage actors to bring a resume/headshot

REHEARSALS: Adult Actors
Rehearsals will be announced once we have learned the availability of all actors.
To be scheduled, some evenings in June and evenings the weeks of June 29 – July 17

REHEARSALS – Youth Ensemble
Operate up to three weeks starting the week of June 29.

Algonquin Youth Ensemble & Main Stage Performance
Monday through Friday
Time: 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
June 29 – July 17

ADDITIONAL REHEARSALS: (Select Roles TBA) Evening June rehearsals will be announced once we have learned the availability of all actors.

TECH WEEK will begin July 13th – 17th | Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Friday, July 17 • 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 19 • 3 p.m.
Friday, July 24 • 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 25 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 26 • 3 p.m.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized teenage Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on the "Corny Collins Show". When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on Corny's show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. Tracy faces scrutiny and bullying from the network producer, Velma, and her popular, but vicious, daughter, Amber. With the help of the teenage heartthrob Link, host Corny Collins, and Motormouth Maybelle (the host of ‘Negro Day'), Tracy overcomes the odds and succeeds in her mission to integrate the "Corny Collins Show." Tony Award-winning Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today, not only because of its wit and charm, but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and progress that it portrays. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one's skin and fight for every human being's equal rights.


Amber Von Tussle – Link's girlfriend and Tracy's nemesis. She is pretty, thin, shallow, snobby, and bigoted. Can't dance but is expected to win Miss Baltimore Hairspray. Always feels the need to be the center of attention.
Female, teen to early 20's
Vocal Range: A3 - F5

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.
Male, 20 to 30 yrs
Vocal Range: D4 - A5

Ensemble – Singers, Dancers and Improvisational skills – various ages and personalities. Corny Collins' Kids (Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, etc.); Students; Protestors; Game show guests.

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. Can be played by a Male actor.
Actor to play 30yrs+
Vocal Range: F3 - G5

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.
Male, teen to early 20's
Vocal Range: G3 - A5

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.
Female, to play 30yrs+
Vocal Range: F3 - E5

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.
Female, teen to early 20's
Vocal Range: A3 - G5

Prudy Pingleton – Penny's strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded.
Female, to play 40yrs+
Vocal Range: D4 - B4

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.
Male, teen to early 20's
Vocal Range: F3 - D5

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.
Female, teen to early 20's
Vocal Range: G3 - G5

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.
Female, to play 40yrs+
Vocal Range: G3 - E5

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.
Male, to play 40yrs+
Range: A3 - A5


An NJYT Production (appearing at Algonquin Arts Theatre July 31-August 9)

New Jersey Youth Theatre is seeking diverse musical theatre performers ages 15-25+ for a Summer 2015 production of Cabaret that will be performed at Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, N.J., and Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, N.J.


To be held at Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ:
Saturday, March 28
1-5 p.m. - Open Call Singing

To be held at NJYT/Audio Inc. Studio, 172 West Westfield Ave., Roselle Park, NJ:
Saturday, April 4, 2015
9:30 – 11 a.m. – Open Call Orchestra
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Open Call Singing
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Open Call Singing
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Open Call Dance for Trained Dancers
6 p.m. – Dance Callbacks
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Final Callbacks by Appointment


May 29-June 13 - Fridays and weekends only
June 15-July 16 - 6 days per week, 3 p.m. - 11p.m.


Westminster Arts Center: July 17-26, 2015
Algonquin Arts Theatre: July 31-August 9, 2015


Please bring sheet music from a Broadway Musical in the correct key and a photo of yourself. You are welcome to sing a selection from the show. For additional information, please call (908) 233-3200.


Cabaret is based on John Van Druten's 1951 play, I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel, Goodbye, to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, Cabaret primarily takes place amid the nightlife of the seedy Kit Kat Klub. Life there seems to revolve around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw.

A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the mysterious Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub. The club serves as a metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar, Germany. The 1966 Broadway production became a huge hit, inspiring numerous subsequent productions in London and New York, as well as the 1972 film by the same name. The original Broadway production, directed by Harold Prince and choreographed by Ron Field opened on November 20, 1966 at the Broadhurst Theatre, eventually transferring to the Imperial and then the Broadway before finally completing its 1,165-performance run. Cabaret won eight "Tony" awards including Best Musical 1967. Memorable songs from Cabaret include "Willkomen," "Maybe This Time," Mein Herr," and "Money."


Emcee: Host of the Kit Kat Club, eccentric, able to converse with the audience (bari/tenor II)

Clifford Bradshaw: An American novelist, charming, naïve (tenor II)

Sally Bowles: A British Cabaret Singer at the Kit Kat Klub, charmingly wild (belter)

Fraulein Schneider: Landlady, Character Actress able to play 50s/60s

Herr Schultz: A roomer at Schneider's, owns a fruit shop, character man able to play 50s/60s

Fraulein Kost: Another of Fraulein Schneider's roomers, offers "favors" to sailors (belter)

Ernest Ludwig: A friendly and likeable German (bari/tenor II)

Customs Officer: speaks German

Max: Manages the Kit Kat Klub, Sally's ex-boyfriend

Young Male Member of Nazi Youth: Tenor

Victor, Bobby, Hans, Herman: Friends of Sally and Cliff of various nationalities, actors who sing and/or dance and/or play an instrument

Kit Kat Ladies: Trained Dancers of various nationalities who sing and/or play instruments

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