Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:34pm

Early auditions for JCC’s production of Hairspray will be held May 31 and June 1.

The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to JCC students, high school students, and community members. Those auditioning must prepare a song from Hairspray that demonstrates vocal range and acting ability and should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance portion of the audition.

Final auditions are scheduled August 30 and 31. Rehearsals begin in September and performances will be held November 3-5 and 9-12.

Hairspray, an award-winning Broadway musical, spotlights life in 1960s Baltimore and a dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad who auditions for a spot on the teenage dance show, “The Corny Collins Show,” and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun, and fashion, and a vocal supporter for racial integration on the television show.

Hairspray will be directed by Julie Costantini, the vocal music teacher and musical director at Maple Grove High School. A resident of Jamestown, Costantini earned a bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Costantini, winner of the second season of Chautauqua's Got Talent, performed the roles of Maria in Sound of Music and Grace in Annie and in ensemble roles in Chicago, Spamalot, Ring of Fire, and Forbidden Broadway at Lucille Ball Little Theatre. She also portrayed Cosette in JCC’s production of Les Miserables.

For more information about the audition process, contact theatre manager Steven Gustafson at 716.338.1166.

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