“You Can’t Stop The Beat”! And you can’t stop Actors Technique NY’s stunning string of successes in their renowned Musical Theatre Program – now BACK in person – with it’s full-throttle, high energy production of HAIRSPRAY.
Broadway Producer Carl Anthony Tramon is bringing in professionals from around the NYC theatre circuit – as well as some of the original Hairspray cast members – to create a stunning and fresh version of this musical mega-hit, to be performed at NYC’s premiere theatre ART-NY.
Rehearsals will include all the elements of the Broadway process – non-pandering Direction at the highest level by Carl himself, inventive dance from NYC powerhouse Choreographer Robert Taylor Jr, award winning Musical Direction, and targeted theatre exercises, character analysis, and improvisations – which make this simply the most advanced and intensive Broadway-prep program ever.
After being the first in NYC to produce “Matilda” following its Broadway run, for which it garnered critical acclaim, ATNY then made history with the first ever online full productions of major musicals – “School of Rock”, “Newsies”, and “13” – all performed 100% live every night.
The opportunity to work with this team is unmatched, anywhere. Remember – this industry has a memory. Besides the Creative Team, many Producers and Casting Directors will be in attendance.
Audition Dates (Virtual):
August 14 or 15, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST, online. You need not stay the entire time. Once you audition, you may leave zoom. Audition may be extended to first week of September Virtually. We’ll let you the week after August 15th. So, please stay tuned. (pun).
Callback Dates (In-Studio):
August 21 or 22, In Person at Ripley-Grier studios in NYC. Times TBD.
Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons, Mid-September through December 2021, with the occasional Friday if necessary. All Holidays off.
January 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2022
- All roles open, Ages 7 to 18. (If 19 or over, please contact ATNY)
- Must provide headshot and resume.
- Prepare 32 bars of a standard musical theatre or 1950’s song. Pop ok, no legit.
- Track or a cappella ok.
- May be asked to stay and dance.
Registration Fee (if cast):
Although this is a FULL production on a major NYC stage, it is an educational program. If cast, the fee for the entire process from rehearsals to performances is $1,395 (just $1,255 w/ Youth Membership). ATNY provides friendly payment options for all, if necessary. This is why ATNY’s Hairspray is by AUDITION ONLY, as there are a limited number of cast members. – Actors should audition and accept roles if they can commit fully to the rehearsal and performance schedule. Understudies will be appointed and conflict sheets will be provided.
*Actors Technique NY actively includes, and strongly encourages, performers of ALL ethnicities, persuasions, orientations, and abilities in the audition and performance process.
Tracy Turnblad – A pleasantly plump teenager with a big heart who has dreams of being a star … as soon as she’s out of detention for her big hair. Tracy isn’t afraid to be herself and stand up for what she believes in. She must be friendly, relentless, and goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable personality and love to sing and dance. Tracy is on stage for a LOT of the show so she must have stamina and talent – she performs in 10+ numbers including “Good Morning Baltimore,” “I Can Hear The Bells,” and many more! Truly a BIG role! Mezzo-Belt.
Edna Turnblad – Tracy’s kind, plus-sized mother; runs a laundry business out of her home but hasn’t been out in a while. Played by Harvey Fierstein on Broadway, and John Travolta in the movie, this role may be played by a strong comic male or female performer! Performs in 5+ numbers including “You’re Timeless To Me.”
Wilbur Turnblad – Tracy’s goofy 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. Performs in 2+ numbers including “You’re Timeless To Me.” Baritone.
Corny Collins – The exciting, confident dancing and singing host of his own TV dance show (think American Bandstand at its inception). Corny is in favor of Tracy and racial integration. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “Hairspray.” Tenor.
Penny Pingleton – Tracy’s slightly dorky, but lovable best friend who is often by her side (when not grounded for life by her mother, Prudy). Falls head over heels for Seaweed. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now” and “Without Love.” Belt.
Amber von Tussle – Bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show. Her mother’s daughter through and through, she is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Council Member. Performs in 7+ numbers including “Cooties.” Belt.
Velma von Tussle – Amber’s slim and attractive but overbearing mother who pushes her daughter to seek stardom. Velma is the scheming producer of The Corny Collins Show who tries to steer it in the “thin & white” direction. Her sensitivities are offended at the very sight of Tracy. A great villainess role. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Miss Baltimore Crabs”. Belt.
Link Larkin – Teenage heartthrob, aspiring young Elvis, and male lead dancer on The Corny Collins Show. Falls in love with Tracy (Amber is soooo jealous!). Council Member. Performs in 7+ numbers including “It Takes Two.” Crooning Baritone.
Seaweed J. Stubbs – Motormouth Maybelle’s son and a talented dancer on The Corny Collins Show, but only allowed on “Negro Day.” Ends up in detention with Tracy. Falls in love with Penny. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.” Tenor.
Motormouth Maybelle – The sassy Corny Collins “Negro Day” DJ. Owner of a record store and mother to Seaweed and Little Inez. Plus-sized, she helps Edna find pride in herself. Performs in 3+ numbers including “Big, Blonde & Beautiful” and “I Know Where I’ve Been.” Soulful Alto.
Little Inez – Seaweed’s little sister and just as talented a dancer. Tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away by Velma because she is black. Performs in 3+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.” Belt.
The Dynamites – Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna – Talented vocal trio a la The Supremes. Featured in many numbers together and individually, in tight harmony as well as lots of individual solo vocals and scenes full of attitude.
The Council – Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann – Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show. Perform in 5+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Colorful characters and great opportunities to shine and steal the show. May also play other character roles as well.
The Students – Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad – Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop. Perform in 4+ numbers including “Welcome to the 60’s” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” High energy individual characters with attitude and power. These roles become what you make it! May also play other character roles as well.
Female Authority Figure – The roles of Prudy Pingleton (Penny’s uptight mother), the sadistic gym teacher, and the prison matron are often played by one cameo performer.
Male Authority Figure – The roles of Harriman F. Spritzer (President of Ultra Clutch cosmetics, Corny Collins show sponsor), the high-blood pressure principal, and Mr. Pinky (owner of a plus-sized dress shop) are often played by one cameo performer.
This is going to be a full length professional broadway experience for all. You’ll have stage management, lighting design and professional broadway instructors, with attending industry. It’s something to get excited about and will be a memory for the rest of your life, just ask those who have had the Broadway Experience before you at ATNY (Matilda, Newsies, 13: The Musical).
*Recommendation if Cast: TEENS consider the Fall 11am – 12:30pm Improvisation or Sketch Comedy Advanced Class preceding rehearsals each week. It’s a great way to warm up for the day and prepare for yet another final performance. KIDS may consider the 11am – 12:30pm TV/Film On-Camera Class to stay honed and well rounded for audition tapes! All info online!