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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.

Casting:

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.

Other parts include: COWBOYS; A FARMER; A SHY KID; MISS WILLA JEAN; A TRAVELLING SALESMAN; A SLICK DUDE; CHOIR; LEROY SLINEY; SOUNDMAN; STAGE MANAGER; TOWNSPEOPLE; TV ANNOUNCER; PHOTOGRAPHERS; REPORTERS

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens – 2017

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens – 2017

saucy-jack-logo-2-minJanuary 6 – January 28, 2017
(No Performance Jan. 21)

Musical-300x101 min

Directed by Alison Gilbreath & Dennis Curry

Synopsis: As the audience settle back for an evening of cosmic cabaret, all is not well at Saucy Jack’s… The evil shadow of a serial killer looms over the bar; cabaret acts are being killed off one by one, found stabbed by the heel of a sequined slingback shoe. The staff at the bar are terrified but their boss, Saucy Jack himself, doesn’t seem that bothered by the threat of murder or the tragic loss of his cabaret acts – he’s more concerned it’ll be bad for business. We meet and hear the dreams and fears of some of the characters in the bar: down-trodden waitress Booby Shevalle, talented young saxophonist Sammy Sax, willing barman Mitch Maypole and eccentric regular at the bar, Dr. Willhelm von Whackoff. saucy-jack-minThere is much excitement at the explosive arrival of Chesty Prospects, a plastic smuggling outlaw: there’s an eco-war going on in this part of the galaxy and fashionable fabrics like bubble-wrap have been made illegal. Chesty charms the bar, talks business with Jack and heralds the arrival of The Space Vixens who hit the ground singing their dance anthem ‘Glitter Boots Saved My Life’. These super fashion crime fighters from a groovier galaxy are part celebrity, part super-hero: strong, sexy, liberated…and all woman! saucy-jack-2-minTheir mission is to fight crime and liberate the universe harnessing the Power of Disco. The audience join these sassy space cops as they arrive on Frottage III to uncover the Slingback Killer and watch as they are drawn into a cosmic underworld where their unique powers promise justice, hope and unadulterated funk!

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Love Letters

February 10 – February 14, 2017

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Arsenic & Old Lace

February 18 – March 26, 2017

Arsenic And Old Lace - Sutter Street TheatreBy Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Mike Jimena

In Arsenic And Old Lace we meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the activities of the other brother – these require no further description or amplification.

This famous comedy success proceed a smash hit in New York and on the road.

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Oliver

April 1 – April 30, 2017

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike. 

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece!

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Unexpected Guest

May 6 – June 4, 2017

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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

 

Harvey

July 22 – August 13, 2017

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Harvey

By Mary Chase

Directed by Janelle Kauffman

 

Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey — a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, which ends with Elwood appearing, voluntarily, at the sanitarium. In the end, however, Veta realizes that she loves her brother and his invisible best friend just as they are and doesn’t want either of them to change.

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

“Parental Discretion Advised Due to Language”

August 19 – October 1, 2017

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Winner of the 1978 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lyrics
Winner of the 1978 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Music
Nominee for the 1979 Tony Award, Best Musical
Nominee for the 1979 Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical
Nominee for the 1981 Olivier Award, Best New Musical

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a rollicking hootenanny of a musical, is based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel, which operated from the 1840s to 1973. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by politicians, football teams, and others, the “Chicken Ranch” thrived in the small town of Gilbert, Texas. Girls came from all over to work at the ranch and make a little extra cash. However, a crusading do-gooder Houston television personality and his conservative audience expose the Chicken Ranch, forcing it to shut its doors forever.  

  • EVIL DEAD, The Musical at Sutter Street Theatre

Evil Dead The Musical – 2017

EVIL DEAD, The Musical at Sutter Street Theatre

October 7 – October 31, 2017

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Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

For mature audiences only.

You Can’t Take It With You

November 4 – November 26, 2017

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Grandpa Vanderhof and his wacky family, the Sycamores, have been happily living their zany lives in his house by Columbia University in New York for many years. This family (and their friends) are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy. Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them!

But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws. Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family in all of its crazy glory. The evening ends with everyone in the house getting arrested, and Alice ending the engagement. It isn’t until Grandpa’s wise speech to Mr. Kirby about the importance of living life to the fullest that the two families find a way to accept each other, and love conquers all. You Can’t Take It With You is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.

  • Holiday In The Hills at Sutter Street Theatre

Holiday In The Hills – 2017

Holiday In The Hills at Sutter Street Theatre

December 1 – December 23, 2017

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The story takes place in the late 1880’s right here on Sutter Street where the residents of the town and surrounding areas have gotten together to celebrate the Holidays. A lot of research went into the people and places that were here in the late 1800’s, give or take a year or two, and everyone you see was an actual resident or visitor to Folsom at that time of year. Come see a show guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. One of the most enjoyable shows of the year with dynamic characters and fun, current music!