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St. Augustine's Musical Theatre Company

The UK Midlands' Award Winning Premier Local Theatre Company - Entertaining for 44 Years - 1974 to 2018

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Hairspray runs from 20 to 25 November 2018 at The Core Theatre, Solihull. Book Now!

Click above to watch the auditions trailer, then email us to register your interest - mail@stagsmtc.co.uk - See the Current Productions page for full details!

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2018 PRODUCTION -
HAIRSPRAY

20 to 25 November 2018

Welcome to the 60s!

**** CASTING CALL - SEE AUDITION INFORMATION BELOW! ****


Our November 2018 production is the 60s extravaganza HAIRSPRAY.

Based on the original 1988 John Water's film, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, the smash hit stage version of HAIRSPRAY won 8 Tony awards, including Best Musical, and is a show piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

It's 1962 in Baltimore and the lovable plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire, to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show on TV. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network, all without denting her hairdo!

HAIRSPRAY is packed to the rafters with catchy musical numbers such as Good Morning Baltimore, The Nicest Kids in Town, Mama I'm a Big Girl Now, Big, Blonde & Beautiful, Without Love, (It's) Hairspray, I Know Where I've Been, You Can't Stop the Beat and many more.

Come along and enjoy this feel-good musical - it's guaranteed to have you up on your feet. Unlock that secret dancer and join the cast in a night of laughter and fun!

HAIRSPRAY will be a first for St. Augustine's MTC and also a première for The Core Theatre, Solihull. Remember - "You Can't Stop the Beat!"

Book your tickets now. All the details are on the Tickets page, or go straight to The Core Theatre website.


Click the link below to watch the trailer for the film version of
Hairspray and read a synopsis of the show.

**** CASTING CALL - SEE AUDITION INFORMATION BELOW! ****

**** CASTING CALL - AUDITION DATES AND INFORMATION ****

If you wish to audition for our forthcoming production of the smash hit stage musical HAIRSPRAY, please register your interest by email as soon as possible (this includes anyone that has already told us verbally - it helps us to organise numbers and judge the response to each role) - mail@stagsmtc.co.uk

If you are new to the Company, please give us a brief outline of your past stage experience and include a contact telephone number. When you email to register your interest, the audition and character breakdown information listed below will be sent to you as PDFs for ease of reference.

PLEASE NOTE: While it’s always lovely to hear from youngsters who are training and/or active in theatre, and keen to be involved in productions, this production is the full adult version of Hairspray. The main younger cast members are of high school age and must be in the stage playing age range of 16 - 19 or 20.   We don't like to disappoint, but it will not be possible to offer involvement in the production to those who do not meet the stage playing ages.  The youngest role in this show is Little Inez, who is around 13 to 15 and played by a young black actress.


Audition dates are as follows:

MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2018 - 7.30pm start - MILL LODGE SCHOOL, SHIRLEY
Auditions for Principal Women - Tracy Turnblad (callbacks); Edna Turnblad; Penny Pingleton; Amber von Tussle; Velma von Tussle; Motormouth Maybelle; Little Inez; Prudy Pingleton; The Dynamites.

WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2018 - 7.30pm start - MILL LODGE SCHOOL, SHIRLEY
Auditions for Principal Men - Corny Collins; Link Larkin; Seaweed J. Stubbs; Wilbur Turnblad; Mr. Pinky; Harriman F. Spritzer.

THURSDAY 1 MARCH 2018 - 7.30pm start - MILL LODGE SCHOOL, SHIRLEY
Auditions for those that cannot make Monday or Wednesday, plus any required callbacks.

The venue for the Workshop is The Studio at The Core Theatre, Solihull, B91 3RG. The venue for the auditions on 26 & 28 February and 1 March is Mill Lodge Primary School, Aqueduct Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 1BT (maps for both venues can be found to the right on this page).

Lyrics for the audition songs can be viewed here on the
ST Lyrics website, where there are also some useful reference YouTube video links. There are many other example videos available to view on YouTube. An alternative lyrics site is allthelyrics.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the auditions!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Hairspray is a fun, vibrant, high-energy show with infectiously catchy songs and amazing dance routines. Full of comedy, romance, and definitely a feel-good factor; the story of Tracy Turnblad embraces her mission to follow her dreams.

The show also tackles prejudices against racial integration and body size - and good sense and integration triumph in the end! As a result, specific physicality/appearance must play an important part in the casting of the show, as required by the script.

Roles specifically for black actors: Motormouth Maybelle; Seaweed J. Stubbs; Little Inez; The Dynamites; Gilbert; Cindy Watkins; Duane; Lorraine.

Roles specifically for white actors: Tracy Turnblad; Edna Turnblad; Corny Collins; Link Larkin; Penny Pingleton; Prudy Pingleton; Velma von Tussle, Amber von Tussle; Mr. Pinky; Council Members; Harriman F. Spritzer

Characters that should appear plus-sized: Tracy Turnblad; Edna Turnblad; Motormouth Maybelle.

Characters that should appear slimmer than plus-sized: Velma von Tussle; Amber von Tussle; Council Members.

FEMALE ROLES

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TRACY TURNBLAD:
A literally larger-than-life young lady with a big heart and even bigger hair! Tracy is the central character of the show and has dreams of being a dancer on The Corny Collins TV show. She is sweet with a vibrant, lovable personality, but also strong in her convictions. She is larger in size than the other girls, but not shy about it. A friendly, but relentless character. Tracy is on stage for a lot of the show, so must have wonderful stage presence and stamina. Strong vocal and dance ability is essential. This is truly a BIG role!
Vocal Range: Mezzo - Belt (B3 to e5)
Stage Playing Age: Approximately 16 to 19
Audition Songs:
Good Morning Baltimore AND I Can Hear the Bells
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EDNA TURNBLAD:
Tracy’s loving, plus-sized mother who runs a laundry business from home, but hasn’t been out of the house for a long time. She dreams of being a plus-sized clothing designer and works long, hard hours. Although her lack of social interaction makes her nervous, she is also both sassy and protective of Tracy. Played by Harvey Fierstein on Broadway and John Travolta in the film, this is a drag role for a man with strong character. Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman - she is all woman, with a distinctive voice! A fantastic comic role for a male performer ready to release his inner woman!
Vocal Range: Tenor (F3 to G5)
Stage Playing Age: 40 plus
Audition Song:
Welcome to the 60s (Edna’s solo section)
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PENNY PINGLETON:
Tracy’s slightly dorky, but lovable best friend and side-kick. She is not the brightest or sharpest and is constantly being grounded by her strict mother. Penny falls head-over-heels for Seaweed with childlike curiosity. A sweet, fun girl, needing an actress with good vocal ability and comic timing and instincts.
Vocal Range: Mezzo - Belt (A3 to G5)
Stage Playing Age: 16 - 19
Audition Songs:
You Can’t Stop the Beat (Penny’s solo section) AND Without Love (Penny’s sections)
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AMBER VON TUSSLE: 
Self-centred, bratty, shallow, snobby and racist - Amber is Link’s girlfriend and Tracy’s nemesis. She will do anything to win the title of ‘Miss Baltimore Hairspray’ and craves being the centre of attention. Her mother Velma is the producer of ‘The Corny Collins’ Show’ on TV and Amber accordingly expects special treatment. A great comic role requiring strong vocal and some dance ability.
Vocal Range: Mezzo - Belt (A3 to F5)
Stage Playing Age: 16 - 19
Audition Song:
Cooties
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VELMA VON TUSSLE:
Amber's mother and the scheming producer of ‘The Corny Collins’ Show’ - making sure it is steered in the ‘white’ direction, avoiding integration at all costs. Attractive and overbearing - a villainess. 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.
Vocal Range: Mezzo (G3 to E5)
Stage Playing Age: 40 plus
Audition Song:
Miss Baltimore Crabs
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MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE:
Seaweed and Little Inez's mother, she also appears as the Guest DJ on ‘The Corny Collins’ Negro Day Show’. Big, blonde, beautiful and proud of it. She is sassy and confident. Owner of a record store which is a focal venue for the local black community, she helps Edna find pride in herself and agrees to front the protest to promote integration on ‘The Corny Collins’ show. Requires strong vocal - a fantastic part for a black actress.
Vocal Range: Soulful Alto (F3 to E5)
Stage Playing Age: 40 plus
Audition Song:
I Know Where I’ve Been
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LITTLE INEZ:
Seaweed's little sister and just as talented a dancer and singer. She tries to audition for ‘The Corny Collins’ Show’ but is turned away by Velma because she is black. However, she comes out on top in the end and gets her moment in the spotlight.
Vocal Range: Mezzo - Belt (E4 to C5)
Stage Playing Age: 13 - 15
Audition Song:
Run & Tell That (Little Inez’s section)
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PRUDY PINGLETON:
Penny's strict mother. Very conservative, controlling - a caring mother who can’t help but be overprotective. She is horrified to learn that not only is her daughter trying to appear on ‘The Corny Collins’ Show’, but that she is also involved with Seaweed. A great comic role for a character actress.
Vocal Range: Alto/Mezzo (B3 to B4)
Stage Playing Age: 40 plus
Audition Song:
Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now (small section starting at bar 50 in vocal score)
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THE DYNAMITES (JUDINE, KAMILAH & SHAYNA):
The Dynamites are a talented black vocal trio, usually in tight harmony, who appear in various numbers throughout the show, as they feature as part of Negro Day on ‘The Corny Collins’ Show’ and in Welcome to the 60s. They are modelled on 1960s groups such as The Supremes and so must be strong vocalists. Some dance ability is required.
Vocal Range: 1 Alto, 1 Mezzo, 1 Soprano (G3 to A5)
Stage Playing Age: 18 plus
Audition Song:
Welcome to the 60s (From the opening section up to Mr. Pinky’s dialogue - sing all lines, including Tracy’s)
MALE ROLES
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CORNY COLLINS:
The charismatic, host of ‘The Corny Collins’ Show’ on TV. He is a Baltimore celebrity, confident, a charmer, and not afraid to be in the spotlight. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera. He is supportive of Tracy and her efforts for racial integration. Great energy and enthusiasm is required. Must be a strong vocalist and dancer.
Vocal Range: Tenor (D3 to A4)
Stage Playing Age: 25 plus
Audition Songs:
The Nicest Kids in Town AND Hairspray
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LINK LARKIN:
Link is the star heartthrob on ‘The Corny Collins' Show’ and Tracy’s dream guy. The male lead dancer on the show, he is extremely attractive and talented - a guy with a sparkle in his eye. Hoping to get his big break with a recording contract, he unexpectedly falls for Tracy, making his girlfriend Amber unbelievably jealous! Requires a performer with all-around talent - a great actor, singer and dancer.
Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor (G3 to A5)
Stage Playing Age: Approximately 16 - 20
Audition Songs:
It Takes Two AND Without Love (opening solo section)

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SEAWEED J. STUBBS:
Motormouth Maybelle’s son. Tracy’s classmate and friend, who is discriminated against due to his skin colour. He is cocky but surprisingly lovable. Talented in song and dance, but only allowed to dance on ‘The Collins’ Show’ on Negro Day. He falls for Penny, and together they are determined to defy the segregation laws of the 1960s. Requires an actor with strong soulful vocal skills and strong dance ability.
Vocal Range: Tenor (F3 to D5)
Stage Playing Age: Approximately 16 - 19
Audition Song:
Run & Tell That

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WILBUR TURNBLAD:
Tracy's simpleminded and kind father, with a big heart. He owns the Har-De-Har joke shop and supports his daughter to follow her dreams in spite of everything else. He also loves his wife, Edna, very much. This is a role for an actor with great comedic timing.
Vocal Range: Baritone (A3 to A5)
Stage Playing Age: 40 plus
Audition Song:
You’re Timeless to Me (whole song - sing all lines)

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MR. PINKY:
Mr. Pinky owns a plus-sized ladies’ clothing shop called the ‘Hefty Hideaway’ and is a salesperson through and through - he is always the first to give a compliment. This is a high energy, flamboyant cameo character. Ensemble singing.
Vocal Range: Baritone (B2 to E4)
Stage Playing Age: 40 plus
Audition Song: Not Applicable

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HARRIMAN F. SPRITZER:
The President of Ultra Clutch cosmetics company, the sponsor of ‘The Corny Collins’ Show’ on TV. He prefers to keep the show segregated, but ultimately is only interested in promoting his products on TV, and will change with popular opinion if it increases sales! Non-singing cameo role, but can join in with the ensemble in the show’s finale.
Stage Playing Age: 40 plus
Audition Song: Not Applicable

OTHER ROLES - ENSEMBLE/CHORUS
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COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Brad, Tammy, Fender, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Brenda and Lou Ann are the famed teenage performers on ‘The Corny Collins’ Show.’ These roles require excellent singing and dancing skills, as they will need to create the high-energy routines seen on the TV show, as well as forming the ensemble for the production.
Vocal Ranges: Various
Stage Playing Ages: Approximately 16 - 19
Audition Song:
You Can’t Stop the Beat (section used during the Workshop Day)

CAMEO ROLES:
Other standout ensemble roles include: Gym Teacher, Cindy Watkins, Matron, School Principal, Beatnik Chick, Male Guard, Guard, Newscaster, and Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad - the youngsters we see in school detention, and mostly in Motormouth Maybelle's record shop.
Vocal Ranges: Various - ensemble singing
Stage Playing Ages: Various
Audition Song:
You Can’t Stop the Beat (section used during the Workshop Day)


The Council Members, other cameo role actors, plus a few others will form the Ensemble/Chorus for the show, The Ensemble/Chorus appears regularly throughout the show to bring the busy, vibrant world of 1960s Baltimore to life!


When you email to register your interest, the audition and character breakdown information listed below will be sent to you as PDFs for ease of reference.

Production performances run from 20 to 25 November 2018 at The Core Theatre, Solihull - please note that there is a matinée performance on SUNDAY 25 November. There will also be two orchestra rehearsals (dates to be confirmed, but likely to be Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 November), plus dress rehearsals on Sunday 18 and Monday 19 November.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Mill Lodge School in Shirley from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Further details about the production and cast involvement will be given at audition. If you are successful at audition and invited to join the company for this production, please note that you are accepting a commitment to regular Wednesday and Thursday evening rehearsals.

Hairspray - Synopsis
Act I

It's Baltimore in 1962 and Tracy Turnblad goes to school and is given a warning for "inappropriate hair height". After school, Tracy rushes home with her best friend, Penny, to catch the local teenage dance show, The Corny Collins Show (The Nicest Kids in Town). Edna, Tracy’s shy and overweight mother, is ironing and complains about the noise of the music coming from the television, while Penny’s mother, Prudy, complains about it being race music. After an announcement that auditions for a place on the show will be held due to the fact that Brenda (one of the Corny Collins Council Members) has taken a leave of absence from the show for '9 months', Tracy begs her mother for permission to audition. Edna, fearing that Tracy will be laughed at due to her weight, refuses. Penny and Amber (the main dancer on The Corny Collins Show) have similar arguments with their mothers (Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now).

After gaining permission and support from her father, Wilbur, Tracy auditions for the show and bumps into teenage heartthrob, Link Larkin, which leads into a dream sequence (
I Can Hear the Bells). Velma Von Tussle, the racist producer of The Corny Collins Show, rejects Tracy from the audition because of her size (The Legend of Miss Baltimore Crabs), as well as refusing a black girl, Little Inez. Back at school, Tracy is sent to detention for her "monumental hair-don't". There she meets black dancer Seaweed J. Stubbs (the son of the hostess of 'Negro Day' on The Corny Collins Show, Motormouth Maybelle), who teaches her several dance moves. She uses the new dance steps at the Sophomore Hop the following day to introduce herself to Corny Collins (The Madison). When Corny sees how well Tracy can dance, he gives her a place on the show (The Nicest Kids in Town (Reprise)). During the broadcast, Link, following Corny’s suggestion, sings It Takes Two to Tracy, much to Amber’s dismay. After the show, Mr. Spritzer, the show’s worrisome sponsor, appeals to Velma over Tracy’s appointment to the Council. Velma, threatening to fire Corny from the show, is eventually left distraught and determines to ruin Tracy (Velma’s Revenge).

At the Turnblad house, Edna is receiving calls from fans who saw Tracy on the show. A call comes in from Mr. Pinky, the owner of a plus-size dress shop, for an endorsement. Tracy pleads with her mother to come with her and to act as her agent although Edna has not left their apartment in years. Finally making it outside, Edna is given a huge makeover
(Welcome to the 60's) and Tracy becomes the spokes-girl for the shop. At school, signs of Tracy’s fame are evident in the schoolyard, with graffiti on the walls and Shelly, another Council Member sporting Tracy’s signature hairdo. During a game of dodge ball, a jealous Amber knocks Tracy out, and Link rushes to her side. Penny and Seaweed, who have developed a liking for each other, rush to fetch the school nurse, only to find her out sick. Seaweed, suggesting that some fun would make Tracy feel better, invites all of them to his mother’s record shop for a platter party (Run and Tell That). At the shop, Tracy rallies everyone to march against the station on the following day’s Mother-Daughter Day, as blacks are not allowed on the show except for the monthly Negro Day. Before they start, Motormouth Maybelle convinces the initially reluctant Edna and Wilbur to march as well. Link declined to participate for the sake of his contract with the show. During the protest, led by Motormouth, Velma calls the police and fights break out. When the police arrive on the scene, almost everyone is arrested (Big, Blonde and Beautiful).


Act II

After the march, most of the women are locked up in a women's penitentiary (The Big Dollhouse). Because of Velma’s dirty tactics, the governor pardons and releases both her and Amber. Wilbur bails out the remaining people, excluding Tracy who is forced to remain in jail through another one of Velma’s manipulations. Tracy is alone and wishes that Link could be with her (Good Morning Baltimore (Reprise)). Back at the Har-De-Har Hut (Wilbur's joke shop), Wilbur and Edna are left destitute because of the money it cost them to bail everyone out and with Tracy still in prison. Edna sympathizes with her daughter’s dream – she had dreamt of making her “own line of queen-sized dress patterns”. Edna and Wilbur reminisce about their past and how they can never be parted from each other (You’re Timeless to Me). During the night, Link sneaks into the jail where he finds Tracy in solitary confinement. As Link and Tracy reunite, Penny’s mother, Prudy, punishes Penny for “going to jail without her permission” and ties her up in her bedroom where Seaweed comes to her rescue. Both couples declare their love for one another (Without Love). After escaping from their respective prisons, the couples seek refuge at Motormouth Maybelle’s Record Shop. Tracy thinks that it is unfair that after all of their hard work, The Corny Collins Show is still segregated. They devise a plan to help integrate the show, and Motormouth remembers their long fight for equality (I Know Where I've Been).

On the day of the Miss Teenage Hairspray competition, Corny Collins starts the show with a song (
(It’s) Hairspray). Amber shows off her talents in a bid to get more votes from the viewers (Cooties). Just as the results are about to be announced, Tracy stuns Amber as she makes her entrance in a magenta dress without any petticoat underneath, taking over the stage, and is joined by Link, Penny, Seaweed, Edna, Wilbur, Little Inez, and Motormouth. Tracy is declared the winner of the competition. Amber and Velma protest the results, claiming that it is all wrong. Little Inez then tries to take the crown by force when Amber refuses to hand it over, but Tracy stops her, claiming that her heart is set on something more important, which is Link and her future. She then proclaims the Corny Collins show is "now and forevermore" racially integrated, to much applause. When all is announced, Mr. Spritzer runs onstage thrilled with the public’s response to the telecast and announces that the governor has pardoned Tracy and gave her a full college scholarship and he offers Link a recording contract and Velma the position of vice president of Ultra Glow – beauty products for women of colour, much to the latter's chagrin. Prudy arrives at the station and, seeing how happy Penny is with Seaweed, accepts her daughter for who she is. At the height of the moment, the company invites Amber and Velma to join the celebration. With the station in joyous celebration, Tracy and Link cement their love with a kiss (You Can't Stop the Beat).
Rehearsals
Rehearsals will get underway in April and are held at Mill Lodge School, Aqueduct Road, Shirley, B90 1BT. 

Rehearsals take place on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY evenings at 7.30pm at Mill Lodge School. 
Please note that if you have a role in this production, other than unavoidable work commitments, illness and holidays, you are expected as a priority to make yourself available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for rehearsals. 

If you cannot attend a rehearsal, contact Veronica Walsh on 0121 705 3914 initially and thereafter Stephen Powell or Liane Hughes (phone numbers are on your rehearsal schedule).  Please contact the production team directly and preferably in advance of a rehearsal, so that any disruption to a planned rehearsal can be avoided.  Do not send absence messages via another cast member or other third party!

There will also be two orchestra rehearsals - Sunday 11 November from 10.00am to 1.00pm and Sunday 18 November from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Venues to be confirmed.
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Hairspray - Flyer Front
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Hairspray - Flyer Back (Ticket Booking Form)
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