the

Baltimore woman wins 'Hairspray Live!' dance audition

DONNA: IN THE END, THEY PICKED A

YOUNG WOMAN FROM BALTIMORE WHO

HAS BEEN DANCING SINCE SHE WAS

4, AND 11 NEWS MEGAN PRINGLE GOT

TO DELIVER THE NEW

>> OPPORTUNITY DOESN'T ALWAYS

KNOCK.

SOMETIMES IT BROADCASTS.

AT LEAST, THAT'S HOW IT WENT FOR

UNISSA CRUSE-FERGUSON.

THIS WAS THE WAKE UP CALL SH

HAD BEEN HOPING FOR, SHE LANDE

A ROLE IN HAIRSPRAY LIVE

HOW DO YOU FEEL?

>> I KNOW, I IS STILL ASLEEP.

-- I DON'T KNOW, I AM STILL

ASLEEP.

>> AN OPEN AUDITION FOR

HAIRSPRAY LIVE BROUGHT HUNDREDS

TO THE HIPPODROME FOR A CHANCE

TO BE PART OF THE SHOW.

THREE FINALIST MADE IT.

EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE TOLD

THEY'D RECEIVE THE NEWS ON LI

TELEVISION.

UNISSA WAS IN DISBELIEF

UNTIL FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAW OUR

BROADCAST AND CALLED TO SAY

CONGRATULATIONS.

THE FIRST CALL WAS FROM MOM.

THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY TEXTS AND

VISIT FROM NEIGHBORS.

>> I'M SO PROUD OF YOU.

I SAW YOUR PICTURES DURING THE

AUDITIONS, BUT THIS RIGHT HERE

IS SPECTACULAR.

YOU'VE GOT TO BE PROUD OF

YOURSELF.

>> SHE IS, AND SO IS BALTIMORE.

THE MERCY HIGH GRAD LEARNED

ABOUT THE AUDITIONS WHILE SHE

WAS ON JURY DUTY.

SHE FIGURED SHE WOULD JUST TRY.

>> I DIDN'T EXPECT ANYTHING.

I JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A FUN

EXPERIENCE FOR THE FUTURE.

REPORTER: SHE WAS RIGHT.

UNISSA CAN SOON TRADE IN HER

SLIPPERS FOR SOME DANCING SHOES

SHE SAYS SHE'LL ENJOY EVERY

STEP OF THE WAY.