“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 +
who work at The Chicken Ranch:
Lou, Dawn, Ginger, Beatrice, Taddy Jo, Durla, Ruby Ray, Elosie:
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