Rehearsal Dates: 

Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Performances Dates: 

Friday, July 27 - Thursday, August 2, 2018 (no Monday night performance)


Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City MO 64132
Park in the “Zebra Lot” located on the East side of theatre and enter through Gate 8. Follow the audition signs.

Starlight Production Staff:

Executive Producer – Rich Baker
Director & Choreographer – Jerry Jay Cranford
Associate Choreographer – Christina Burton
Musical Director – Anthony Edwards
Director of Production – Kent Andel
Company Manager – Caroline Gibel


Adult auditions (18+ up)
Audition Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018 (no appointment necessary)

9:30 a.m.   – Chorus Dance Call Registration Begins
10 a.m.      – All Learn Dance Together
10:30 a.m. – Male Dance Call
11 a.m.      – Female Dance Call
11:30 p.m. – Singing callbacks from dance 
12:30 p.m. – Equity Principal Auditions Registration Begins
1 p.m.        – Equity Principal Auditions*
4 p.m.        – Callback Readings 
6 p.m.        – Estimated conclusion of auditions

*Actors pursuing a teenage principal role (Tracy, Amber, Penny, Link, Seaweed, Little Inez) are highly encouraged to attend the morning Dance Call.

Equity Agreement: 

MSUA (Musical Stock Unit Attractions)
By agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, Equity members must be given audition priority over non-union talent. Starlight Theatre is actively seeking a multi-cultural cast and utilizes non-  traditional casting in their productions when ethnicity is not germane to the role or overall production.


Bring a résumé and headshot.
Dancers should wear jazz/character shoes.
Music: Requesting 16 Bars of up-tempo Broadway Pop.  Songs from the show are welcomed. Bring sheet music in your key, accompanist will not transpose.  


Tracy Turnblad

(mezzo, belt) Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. A “pleasantly plump” teenager who dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show.  Girls of all shapes and sizes will be considered for this role.

Edna Turnblad

(second tenor/baritone or female contralto) Tracy's kind, plus-sized mother – typically played by a male. Edna runs a laundry business out of her home. A working class, devoted, loving housewife with dreams of her own. Sincere, not campy.

Amber Von Tussle

(female soprano) Bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show, despite her lack of talent. She is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant.

Velma Von Tussle

(mezzo belt) A former beauty queen, Amber’s mother, and producer of the local TV teen dance show. Upscale, attractive, prejudiced snob who always wants her daughter in the spotlight. Funny, biting, manipulative.

Penny Pingleton

(female mezzo, belt) Tracy's slightly dorky, devoted, neurotic and perky best friend.

Link Larkin

(male second tenor/baritone) A teenage heartthrob and one of The Corny Collins Show Council Members who falls in love with Tracy.

Motormouth Maybelle

(female alto or male counter tenor, or second tenor/baritone) The owner of a downtown record shop and a host on The Corny Collins Show; self-described as "big, blonde and beautiful.” Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. Powerful and inspiring, with an infectious, brassy personality. African American.

Seaweed J. Stubbs

(male tenor) A hip dancer. His dance lessons help Tracy get chosen for the local TV teen dance show. Cool, attractive, street smart, goodhearted. Son of Motormouth Maybelle who becomes Penny’s boyfriend. African American.

Wilbur Turnblad

(male baritone) Tracy’s goofy father; owns the Har-De-Har Hut joke shop and is still madly in love with his wife, Edna. He encourages Tracy to follow her dreams. A working class inventor with a sweet, childlike personality. Adores his family.

Corny Collins

(male tenor) Host of the local TV teen dance show. Handsome, charming, engaging, smooth.

Little Inez

(high mezzo belt) Seaweed's younger sister, who tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. African American.

Female Authority Figure

The Matron guarding The Big Dollhouse, the Gym Teacher, and Prudy Pingleton: Penny's overprotective and often close-minded mother. May be played by one or several actresses. (Think "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.")

Male Authority Figure

One actor plays various zany roles including a nervous businessman; a condescending high school principal; a flamboyant fashion boutique owner; a cop; and a corrupt prison guard. May be played by one or several actors. (Think "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.")

Mr. Pinky

(male baritone) Owner of Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway (dress shop).

The Dynamites

3 sassy singer/dancers, inspired by the Supremes.

The Corny Collins Dancers

IQ, Shelly, Brenda, Sketch, Fender, Tammy, Lou Ann, Brad


to play high school students and citizens of Baltimore, all races, all types.

Any further Questions?  Please email


Ages 15-18 at time of audition
Audition Date: Sunday, January 7, 2017 (no appointment necessary)

12:30 p.m. – Registration Begins
1 p.m.       – All Learn Dance Together
1:30 p.m.  – Dance Call
2 p.m.       – Singing callbacks from dance
3 p.m.       – Estimated conclusion of auditions


  • Résumé and photograph required (a recent school photo, family photo, or headshot). The résumé and photographs will NOT be returned.
  • You must be age 15-18 on audition day. Seniors who graduated class of 2018 may audition.
  • Bring jazz/character shoes.
  • Bring marked sheet music and be prepared to sing 16 bars of a Broadway pop song if called-back. Songs from the show are welcomed. 
  • No recorded accompaniment allowed. The pianist will not transpose music.
  • All Participants must attend a 2017- 2018 Blue Star Awards participating high school or be part of a 2017- 2018 Starlight Education program.

Basehor-Linwood High School
Belton High School
Benton High School
Bishop Miege High School
Blue Springs High School
Blue Springs South High School
Blue Valley High School
Blue Valley North High School
Central High School
De Soto High School
Excelsior Springs High School
Fort Osage High School
Grain Valley High School
Grandview High School
Harrisonville High School
Kearney High School
Lansing High School

Leavenworth High School
Lee’s Summit High School
Lee’s Summit North High School
Lee’s Summit West High School
Liberty High School
Liberty North High School
North Kansas City High School
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Oak Park High School
Olathe East High School
Olathe North High School
Olathe South High School
Olathe West High School
Paola High School
Park Hill High School
Park Hill South High School
Piper High School

Platte County R-3 High School
Raymore-Peculiar High School
Raytown High School
Raytown South High School
Rockhurst High School
Ruskin High School
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Shawnee Mission East High School
Shawnee Mission South High School
Shawnee Mission West High School
Spring Hill High School
St. James Academy
St. Teresa’s Academy
Staley High School
Summit Christian Academy
Truman High School
Winnetonka High School

Don’t attend a Blue Star Awards participating school?  You may still qualify to audition if you have participated in one of Starlight’s other Education programs:

  • Starlight STARS or Starlight STARS of Tomorrow
  • Starlight’s camps or master classes
  • Vincent Legacy Scholarship

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