Come on out and be a part of our next Vancouver Fringe Festival musical!  Cry Baby is like coolsville!

Awkward Stage is looking for all kinds of cool cats for this crazy, Tony-nominated show!

Auditions will take place:

  • Tuesday, March 28th, 6-10pm
  • Saturday April 1st,  12-4pm
  • Saturday April 1st, 5-9pm Callbacks (be prepared to dance in in the style of the era.  Most roles require strong movers)

To be considered for an audition, please send your resume and headshot to

Awkward Stage deeply considers inclusivity and intersectionality in all casting and staffing decisions. .   We encourage submissions from diverse artists of all ages, ethnicities and gender identities.


What to Prepare:

Please prepare both a rockabilly song from the ’50s and ’60s and a short monologue.  Stylistically, actors should consider works by female artists like Lorrie Collins, Sparkle Moore, Brenda Lee, and Janis Martin and male acts like Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Burnette and others.  There’s a whole world of music out there people.  Use the Google and find it.


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About the Production:

Rehearsals start August 1st, evenings and weekends throughout August.  Some afternoons may be required for some performers.
Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 7-17th

Directed by Barbara Tomasic

Choreography by Erika Babins

Assistant Direction by Sarah Harrison

Musical Direction by Andy Toth

From MTI:

“It’s 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He’s a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to become a “drape” (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby’s moll. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1954 America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It’s Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats.”

Character Breakdown

Wade ‘Cry Baby’ Walker
The leader of the gang known as the ‘Drapes’. A misunderstood teen who acts like a rebel, but has a sensitive side.
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Allison Vernon-Williams
A pretty, fun, and intelligent girl. She is a square, but wants to be a Drape.
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Mrs. Cordelia Vernon-Williams
Allison’s protective Grandmother. She keeps many secrets from the other characters. Comedic.
Age: 45 to 65
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: C3
Dupree W. Dupree
Wade ‘Cry Baby’ Walker’s best friend and a drape. He is always energetic and positive.
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Baldwin Blandish
Allison’s Boyfriend who is an enthusiastic square. He is the lead singer of a group called “The Whiffles” and has strong opinions on politics.
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3
Pepper Walker
Cry Baby’s tough sister. She is a drape and pregnant for the third time.
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Wanda Woodward
A Drape who just wants to be Jane Mansfield. There are many rumors circling about her, but she is really a sincere and ‘pure’ girl.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski
A Drape that many others fear. She always carries around a switchblade and is not to be messed with.
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Lenora Frigid
Desperately wants to be a Drape. She is in love with Cry Baby.
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: F#3
The Whiffles
Baldwin’s doo-wop group and best friends. They want to have a hit on the radio.
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: G2
Judge Stone, Father O’Brien, The Bailiff, Skippy Wagstaff, Radio DJ, Drape Ensemble, Square Ensemble