Teen auditions for Hairspray at Timber Lake Feb. 14

Staff Report

Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the professional summer theater in Mount Carroll will hold open auditions for teenagers and young adults who look like high school students for ensemble roles in their summer production of Hairspray. The company is seeking to cast up to 10 strong dancers who can sing.

Auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 14, at the West Carroll Middle School in Mount Carroll. The school is at 633 S. East St.

Performers should arrive at 10:30 a.m. to sign in. The audition will begin with a dance call at 10:45 a.m. Based on the dance call, people may be asked to stay and sing. All auditions will end by 2 p.m.

Anyone attending should bring proper footwear, a current photo, and sheet music for a song in the style of the musical. An accompanist will be provided. Singing to a recording is discouraged. Bring a list of potential rehearsal conflicts.

Rehearsals for the production will begin May 22. Rehearsals are every day through June 3. The production runs June 4-14. TLP will try to work around class schedules for rehearsals. No performance conflicts are allowed. Visit the website for more information.

Hairspray will be directed by Lili-Anne Brown, artistic director of Bailiwick Chicago and recipient of the 2014 Jeff Award for best direction of a musical for her company’s production of Dessa Rose. Choreography will be by Zachary L. Gray, who recently served as associate director/choreographer of Shrek The Musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and was a resident performer and choreographer at TLP in 2008.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. 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 ’do.

Visit www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, call the box office at (815) 244-2035 or visit the company at 8216 Black Oak Road in Mount Carroll, Illinois.

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