Audition Notices

Audition Notices


Best Little Whore House In Texas

Audition Notice “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”

When: June 25, 7:00pm

Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 710 Sutter Street, Folsom CA 95630

Director: Alison Gilbreath

Please bring a prepared song (18 measures) with piano music or a CD. An accompanist will be provided.

Also bring a head shot and bio if you have them.

The musical runs August 19 – October 1.

Rehearsals will start July 10.

Synopsis: Although “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is a title to reckon with, the show is surprisingly inoffensive. Full of fun and gusto, it is a thigh-slapping, good natured little musical full of tuneful songs and bright, entertaining dances.

Based on a true story, “TBLWIT” tells of the demise of a brothel, down a little dirt road near Austin that put Texas in the news several years ago when Larry King wrote up the incident in a magazine. The place was called the Chicken Ranch because the good ol’ boys who couldn’t pay real money settled their accounts with chickens. When a cornball TV personality from Houston started barking at Miss Mona’s high heels, he caused such a ruckus that the local politicos, most of whom were regular customers, forced the Sheriff to close the place.


Miss Mona Stangley – this role is cast

Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (baritone, 35-55) – The sheriff who has had a long-standing relationship with the Chicken Ranch and Miss Mona. His compulsiveness leads to the ultimate downfall of Mona and the Ranch. A good ole boy who grows tired of the hypocrisy of others. 1 song.

Melvin P. Thorpe (baritone, 30-55) – The media “watchdog” who helps bring the trouble to the Chicken Ranch. A cross between Jerry Clower and Glenn Beck. 2 songs.

Jewel (mezzo, 30-55) – The housekeeper of the Chicken Ranch, she is Miss Mona’s right hand. 4 songs, including a featured number.

Governor (45-65) – The Texas governor who eventually orders the closure of the Chicken Ranch. 1 song.

Doatsy Mae (alto, 30-55) – A waitress in the town who has known about the Chicken Ranch for years, has no issue with it or Miss Mona. 1 solo song.

Angel (mezzo, 22-35) – A new arrival to the Chicken Ranch, she presents herself as a more experienced working girl. Eventually joins the rest of the working girls. 4 songs.

Shy (mezzo, 18?27) – A new arrival to the Chicken Ranch, she is young and inexperienced, she is running away from something. Eventually joins the rest of the working girls. 4 songs.

Narrator/Band Leader – Opens the show and the occasional-narrator of the story. Country and Western voice. Good speaking voice. Ability to play Guitar a plus! Age 18 +

The Girls who work at The Chicken Ranch:

Lou, Dawn, Ginger, Beatrice, Taddy Jo, Durla, Ruby Ray, Elosie: All different characters.

Singers/Dancers. Various ages 18 – 35

Mayor Rufus Poindexter – The local mayor and used-car salesman. 35 – 65

C .J. Scruggs – President of local committee and insurance salesman. Age 35 – 65

Edsel Mackey – Editor of local newspaper. Age 25 – 55

Senator Wingwoah – Local politician who takes the local football team, THE AGGIES, to The Chicken Ranch after a big win. Age 35 – 65

Imogene Charlene: Attractive cheerleader. Sings and Dances/ tapping. Age 18-25

Ensemble are also featured as:

The Dogettes Melvin’s singers Melvin P. Thorpe Singers Gospel type singers Angelettes Cheerleaders, some lines, dancing and some tapping required. The Aggies High testosterone football team. “Singing, dancing with some solo dancing and tapping”.

Some of the roles will double up and you may be cast into more than one role.


Treasure Island

May 13 – June 4, 2017

Join us for a rollicking adventure with Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins and a cast of pirates, townsfolk and ship’s crew in this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale.  “Thar will be treasure and evil deeds all done with a seasoning of humor and ultimately good winnin’ out over evil.”


The Unexpected Guest

By Agatha Christie
Directed by James Gilbreath

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.

“There is an ingenious display of suspects, as if lids were being taken off wells of depravity and hastily put back.” – Lawrence Kitchin, The Observer

“The impact is tremendous… Just when the murder seems solved … Miss Christie pulls her almighty knockout punch. I admit her complete victory.” – London Evening Standard

Basement: Improv Down Under

Next Show:

Saturday, July 22nd


Come and join us every fourth Saturday at 4:00pm for a great improv show featuring,The Basement: Improv Down Under, as they perform in the style of the popular TV show Who’s Line Is It Anyway.  Highly experienced improv talent Hannah Hurst, Brandon Hunter, Hannah Vaccaro, Erin Bell, Jenna Lunday and your host Allen Schmeltz will entertain you with unscripted skits and games.

Tickets are $10 at the door only. 

“The Hobbit” – A Folsom Telegraph Review

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Great Adventures and Scary Monsters in “The Hobbit” at Sutter Street Theatre

Review by Gerry Camp

Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit, a shy, stay-at-home creature dwelling in the land of Middle Earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” When Bilbo is told by the wizard Gandolf he must go on an adventure to slay the fearsome dragon Smaug and regain the treasure Smaug has stolen from the dwarf kingdom, Bilbo faints at the thought. When he comes to, he learns that he will be accompanied on this adventure by a dwarf, Thorin, who is almost as reluctant as Bilbo.

Sean Stewart, one of my favorite actors, is Bilbo in Sutter Street Theatre’s latest family series production. I have been fortunate to have acted with Sean in FreeFall Stage’s “Shadowland,” and I’ve seen him in several other plays. For an actor so young, twelve-year-old Sean, an Elly-nominated performer, is always convincing, whether as a Peanuts character, the son of a dying mother, or a schoolboy with his first love. His Bilbo has a wonderful British (or Hobbit?) accent and draws his audience easily into this fantasy world. When I learned Sean was playing Bilbo, I knew I had to see this show.

Ken Anderson is a compelling Gandolf. No one would disobey his instructions. Haydon Namgostar, a rather large dwarf, seems perpetually angry, but is always there when he is needed.

As this group makes its way to the Misty Mountains, where Smaug dwells, Bilbo at one point gets separated from the others in the dark Mirkwood. There he finds a magic ring, which makes him invisible when he puts it on. Having this ring saves his life when he is confronted by an evil magical creature, Gollum. Gollum is my favorite creature in the show, a life-size grotesque puppet created by theatre genius Michael Coleman and animated by Riley Anderson in a black costume that renders him virtually invisible as he brings the puppet to life. Riley is excellent in the monster parts of the show, later showing up as a life-size spider.

There are a total of eleven actors in “The Hobbit,” many playing several of the twenty plus characters, trolls, elves, guards, goblins, eagles, in fantastic costumes created by Sutter Street costumer Eileen Beaver and Felicia Slechta. Gavin Brossard stands out as a troll, the Great Goblin, Beorn, and finally as Smaug, the dragon himself, another puppet created by Mike Jimena. All the members of this ensemble do a super job, keeping the story moving from one unexpected threat to the next.

Director Allen Schmeltz has taken this much-condensed version of the story, adapted by Markland Taylor, and made it into a wonderful adventure, a perfect afternoon of theatre for children of all ages. It’s scary, but not too scary for the youngest in the audience who will especially enjoy the thrills.“The Hobbit” plays Saturdays and Sundays at 1 P.M. through April.