Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Bring the magic of Broadway to your classroom and school theater with these student adaptations of classic Broadway musicals. Each of these treasured tales is teacher-tested, kid-friendly, and custom tailored for success.
The ShowKit includes all the resources you need for a successful production with easy suggestions for staging, costuming, and sets, making it a perfect opportunity for an all-school collaboration.
The vocal parts have been carefully adapted to be sung by unchanged or changed voices and the script and score have been custom-tailored to make the show appropriate for young performers through the ninth grade.
Upon placing your order, you will receive a Dramatic Performing Rights License from Hal Leonard Corporation which will allow your organization unlimited performing rights for one year.
Who is eligible to purchase this showkit?
All other organizations must order directly from Music Theater International (MTI).
Good morning, Baltimore! It's 1962, and spunky plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has one big dream -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her new-found power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outspoken mom, Edna, and guest DJ Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable.
HAIRSPRAY JR, based on the film and hit stage musical of the same name -- winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical -- has been adapted for young performers as part of the MTI Broadway Junior Collection. With a host of parts for a wide cross-section of students and an abundance of energetic production numbers, HAIRSPRAY JR is a show that will celebrate your students' diversity and bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor.
Cast of Characters:
TRACY TURNBLAD is a young lady with big hair and an even bigger personality! She is the hero of our story and she is sweet but also strong in her convictions. She is bigger in size than the other girls, but she isn’t shy about it – she can still dance with the best of them! Make sure to cast an excellent singer, dancer and actor, but most importantly, cast a young lady who has wonderful stage presence and can easily capture the audience’s hearts
CORNY COLLINS, the host of ”The Corny Collins Show,” is a Baltimore celebrity. Foremost, Corny is a charmer, so be sure to cast a young performer with great energy and who is unafraid of being in the center spotlight. Corny should be both an experienced singer and actor.
EDNA TURNBLAD is Tracy’s loving mother who doesn’t spend much time outside the house. She works days and nights as a laundress in her home, and her lack of social interaction has made her a bundle of nerves. This is a fantastic role for a young lady with great acting chops who can transform into an older character. Edna should be a proficient singer and be willing to sell it with strong character choices.
WILBUR TURNBLAD is Edna’s loving husband and Tracy’s supportive father who just wants the best for his girls. This is a good role for a new performer. Make sure the actor playing Wilbur complements Edna.
PENNY PINGLETON is Tracy’s fun and sheltered sidekick. She is a young lady caught between her mother’s very strict rules and her own wants and desires to be just another teenage girl. This is a good role for an actress with a sweet voice and great comedic instincts.
PRUDY PINGLETON is a fun role for a performer who can really jump headfirst into a character role. She is Penny’s eccentric but loving mother, who wants the best for her daughter but is extreme in her means. Prudy should be a good actress, capable of capturing the conflict of being a caring mother who can’t help but be overprotective.
AMBER VONTUSSLE is a prom queen nightmare! She is definitely “The Corny Collins Show” favorite, but she is competitive and has a bad attitude. Amber is a great performer, so cast a young lady who can do it all.
VELMA VONTUSSLE Is the mother of the mean girl, Amber and was a producer of The Corny Collins Show. Velma is very prejudice, especially towards people of a different race, and people who are overweight. She considers herself and her daughter Amber to be the best.
LINK LARKIN is Baltimore’s biggest heartthrob, and Tracy’s dream guy. Link is considered the best performer in town, so cast a young man who is a triple threat – a great actor, singer and dancer. Think of any teenage idol who is able to reduce girls to tears – there’s your guy!
SEAWEED J. STUBBS is the object of Penny’s affections, and together, they are determined to defy the segregation laws of the 1960s. Seaweed can do it all!
LITTLE INEZ STUBBS is Seaweed’s little sister and a great breakout role. Little Inez gets her moment in the spotlight, so be sure to cast a young lady who is a great singer and dancer. Cast an actress with a quiet exterior who can and will be bold when the opportunity comes.
MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE is a soulful part for a performer who can play an older age. In this story, she is the face of the Civil Rights Movement and sings the beautiful anthem, “I Know Where I’ve Been.” Cast a performer with a great voice and more importantly, someone who has strong stage presence.
THE DYNAMITES (JUDINE, KAMILAH & SHAYNA) are a dynamic musical trio, iconic of the Motown era and the 1960s. Think the Supremes. Cast three young women who are advanced singers and dancers who complement each other.
MR. PINKY owns a ladies’ clothing shop and is a salesperson inside and out – he is always the first to give a compliment. This is a perfect character role for a young person who may be new to the stage but has wonderful energy and acting potential.
BRAD, TAMMY, FENDER, SKETCH, SHELLEY, IQ, BRENDA and LOU ANN are the famed teenage performers on “The Corny Collins Show.” This is a great opportunity to feature your best singers and dancers, as they’ll have to emulate some of the most famous dance moves from the 1960s.
Other standout ensemble roles include: GYM TEACHER, CINDY WATKINS, MATRON, PRINCIPAL, LORRAINE, GILBERT, THAD, DUANE, STOOIE, BEATNIK CHICK, MALE GUARD, GUARD, NEWSCASTER and COUNCIL MEMBERS. These roles give more texture to the lively world of 1960s Baltimore. This is truly a story about communities intersecting, so be sure to remind all of your actors that each role matters.
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