Open Rehearsal for Hairspray the Musical

We are looking for new performers and existing members to take part in Chesterfield Operatic Society’s next exciting production. Hairspray will be performed in the Pomegranate Theatre from April 25th – 29th 2017. We are an adult amateur dramatics society however we do also have limited junior places available for this show.

The Open Rehearsal is on Monday 5th December from 7.30pm and will be held at our rehearsal space, 5A Abercrombie Street, Chesterfield. This is open to all, however please do let our secretary know if you are attending. It will be a light-hearted evening introducing everyone to the musical and meeting the director. After this rehearsal if you are interested in being in the show you can then enter the audition process.

Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film ‘Hairspray’. It is a fun upbeat show and there are a variety of principal roles:

Tracy Turnblad

The female lead of Hairspray. A "pleasantly plump" teenager, who dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show.

Edna Turnblad

Tracy's kind, plus-sized mother – a drag role. Edna runs a laundry business out of her home.

Velma Von Tussle

The villainess of Hairspray. Amber's scheming mother and producer of The Corny Collins Show, who pushes her daughter to seek the stardom that she never had.

Penny Pingleton

Tracy's slightly dorky, devoted and perky best friend.

Motormouth Maybelle

The sassy, strong-willed and friendly owner of a downtown record shop and the host of "Negro Day" on The Corny Collins Show, self-described as "big, blonde and beautiful".

Amber Von Tussle

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.

Link Larkin

A teenage heartthrob and one of The Corny Collins Show Council Members, who falls in love with Tracy.

Seaweed J. Stubbs

A hip and kind-hearted "Negro Day" dancer and the son of Motormouth Maybelle who falls in love with Penny.

Wilbur Turnblad

Tracy’s goofy, loving and encouraging father, who 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.

Corny Collins

The eccentric host of The Corny Collins Show.

Little Inez

Seaweed's younger sister, who tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is 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.

Male Authority Figure

Mr. Pinky, owner of Mr. Pinky's Hefty Hideaway who gives Tracy and Edna a makeover; Principal of Patterson Park High School; and Mr. Harriman F. Spritzer, the President of Ultra Clutch

Please email if you would like to attend


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