In April, the Wichita Theater where I work held auditions for one of the most anticipated shows of the season (if not the decade) "Hairspray".
The theater had lots of people turn out for auditions, and I am proud to say that I was one of the 56 people chosen to be in this show! I really wanted to be a dancer on the "Corny Collins Show" but I landed the role of "Mr. Pinky" the owner of the Hefty Hideaway, House of Fashion for the Ample Woman !
(Played in the original 1988 movie by Alen J, Wendl)
(Played on Broadway by Jim J. Bullock)
(Played by Jerry Stiller in the 2007 Movie Musical)
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At first I really didn't want to audition, I just wanted to be stricktly sets on this show... but the closer the auditon dates got the more I kept convincing myself "how could I not?!" This part only has about four speaking lines, and is a very quick cameo of the movies character, but seeing as how the sets are going to be a MASSIVE UNDERTAKING this suits me fine! We are planning to make a behind the scenes documentary video of the sets, and I'm just so very glad I get to be apart of it all! We have the makings of a fantastic cast and they have estimated we'll receive about 5,000-6,000 people to be seeing this show during its run! This means things around the Casablanca we'll be pretty quiet this July but I'm sure we'll make up for lost time before the years over!
I'm off to 'practice every step that's in my repertoire'...