Hairspray casting

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March 9, 2010
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When Hairspray is made available for high school production, will the role of Tracy's mother have to be cast cross gender?
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April 23, 2010
There are many ways to be classified as a professional organization. One is that they primarily work with the unions, and pay their actors and living wage. The theatres also typically have higher royalties. Many community theatre groups would like to consider themselves professional by the quality of their work, and probably rightly so, but it is a lot more involved then that.

April 2, 2010
I think to really capture the heart of the production you should cast a man. But probably not if you live in Texas. That might not fly.

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March 24, 2010
The majority of organizations listed on our website for upcoming productions of HAIRSPRAY are professional organizations. The amateur performance rights to HAIRSPRAY are not yet available and a release date has not been set. Please visit our website and sign up for FASTTRACK notification and you will be among the first to know when the rights become available. Here is a direct link:

March 24, 2010
What does make a Professional organization?

March 23, 2010
i saw that some theatres have already the rights to do hairspray, do you know how is possible since is restricted? And ps i think a man playing that role is awesome!

I know the part can be played by either a man or a woman but, traditionally, the role has been played by a man. I think it's a fantastic part for a larger sized guy to play. I'd love doing the part myself.

March 10, 2010
Nope--in general, a man or a woman can play Edna, since nothing in the script requires that a man play the role.