WHAT: Auditions for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 19 at 6pm and Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00pm.
WHERE: Fountain Hills Theater 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ
Fountain Hills Theater is proud to announce auditions for the hilarious musical comedy, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Lyrics by Carol Hall, Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, based on a story by Larry L. King
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.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas auditions will be Sunday, Feb, 19 at 6:00pm and Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00pm. Callbacks (If required.) will be Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:00pm.
Auditioners should visit http://www.fhtaz.org/audition-form/ or call 480-837-9661 X 3 for an audition appointment time.
Auditioners are asked to please prepare 24-32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist is provided. Please no pre-recorded accompaniment. Dress to move for dance audition.
The theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will be directed by Peter J. Hill with musical direction by Jennifer Whiting and choreography by Noel Irick
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will play April 21 – March 8. (Possible extension through Mar. 14.) Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. All rehearsals will be held at the theater.
Bandleader: (Any age.) Congenial, down home Texas type with a wry sense of humor. Sings 20 Fans and narrates a portion of the show. Guitar playing an asset.
Miss Mona: (between ages of 30-50) The kind, no-nonsense owner of the chicken ranch. Open, honest and caring with a great voice and comedic talents.
Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (between the ages of 40-60.) He is tough and mean, but likeable. He has a soft spot for Miss Mona. This character sings one solo.
The eccentric TV broadcaster, Melvin P. Thorpe, sings two songs in which the Thorpe singers and the Dogettes join in on the chorus. He should be between 35 and 50 years of age. Light dance movement is required.
Jewel: Miss Mona’s second in command. It is preferred that she be played by a African-American between the ages of 35-65. She sings one solo, a wild, lively number. She should have a strong voice with a wide range.
Doatsy Mae, a waitress who “wasn’t born yesterday,” works at the Texas Twinkle Café. She should be between the ages of 30 and 50. She sings one song in a low to medium range.
The Governor of Texas is a sneaky politician between 40 and 70 years old. He oozes his way through a press conference with a song and soft-shoe routine aptly called “The Sidestep,” that’s a real show stopper.
Senator J. T. Wingwoah is the epitome of a small town Texas politician. This is a non-singing role for a male 30 years or older. He does a bit of side-stepping himself when pressured by reporters.
In addition to these roles, there are nine parts for Miss Mona’s girls and eight members of the Texas Aggie football team. These roles are very important to the production. People auditioning for these parts should be able to sing and move. Young men for the Aggie Football team should look like they could play college ball.
There are also parts for Mayor Rufus Poindexter, the Thorpe singers, the Dogettes, the Angelettes (cheerleaders) and their TV announcer, customers, reporters, cameramen, photographers, and townspeople. All of these should be able to sing in a group and perform. Actors should be 18 years of age or older or written permission from a parent or guardian.
For additional information not contained in this press release please call Fountain Hills Theater Artistic Director Peter J. Hill at (480) 837-9661.