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"Little Mary Sunshine" Auditions Sept. 7, 8 at West Palm Beach's Actor's Repertory Co.
Little Mary Sunshine is one of those shows that speaks to the playful, loving, carefree side of humanity. Creator Rick Besoyan has brought us an entertainment which is hilarious to rehearse and - when understood as a parody - is adored by audiences.
By Rick Besoyan
(Non-Equity / Payment)
Synopsis The musical theatre has created its own beloved and unlikely world, not intended to stand cold, logical analysis. The handsome hero is brave, and the comic lead a coward. The top soprano, though adored by all, is unassailably virtuous, and has a scatter-brained servant girl for the comic lead to marry. The villains must, in the end, relent or face utter defeat. By collecting every known cliché from musicals of the Rose Marie-Desert Song era and lumping them joyously into one delightfully far-fetched story, Rick Besoyan has created an entertainment which is hilarious to rehearse and - provided it is made clear that the production is not intended to be taken seriously - is adored by audiences. Be warned: if your patrons report “very pleasant, but rather old-fashioned,”
When: Friday, September 7, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 8, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Bring: A one minute comedic monologue, an up-tempo song (from a Broadway show), CD background preferred to a capella. Hair secured off the face, clothes and shoes that work for movement. Bring headshot and resume, if current.
Call Backs: Saturday, September 15. Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Performance Dates: Previews Thursday, December 6. Opens December 7 with an open ended run.
Rehearsals Start: October 9.
Directed by: Bob Carter
Casting: All roles are open, male and female actors, dancers and singers, ages 15 to 70.
• Chief Brown Bear, chief of the Kadota Indians
• Corporal "Billy" Jester, a Forest Ranger: tenor or high baritone
"Little Mary Sunshine" (Mary Potts), proprietress of the Colorado Inn: soprano
[called "Little Merry Sunshine"
• Madame Ernestine von Liebedich, an opera singer: contralto
• Nancy Twinkle, Little Mary's maid: soubrette
• Fleet Foot, an Indian guide
• Yellow Feather, Chief Brown Bear's son
• General Oscar Fairfax, Ret., a Washington diplomat
• Young ladies from the Eastchester Finishing School: Cora, Henrietta
Gwendolyn, Blanche, Maud, and Mabel (Millicent added in the vocal score)
• Young gentlemen of the United States Forest Rangers: Pete, Slim, Tex,
Buster, Hank, and Tom(Chuck added in the vocal score)
For the Chorus Little Mary Sunshine owns an inn which, considering it is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, does a surprisingly brisk trade with Forest Rangers, young ladies of Eastchester Finishing School, assorted characters, and a handful of marauding Red Indians. The London production used only a small chorus, but numbers are expandable. The score offers straightforward, tuneful chorus singing, and a little dancing is required.
Story The show takes place high in the Rocky Mountains at the Colorado Inn, owned by Little Mary Sunshine (Mary Potts), in the early 20th century. Chief Brown Bear, Mary’s foster father, has decided to take her advice and sue the U.S. government in order to regain his tribal land. Meanwhile the U.S. Forest Rangers are on the hunt for a group of marauding Indians, led by Yellow Feather. After Mary is captured and tied to a tree by Yellow Feather, Captain Jim saves her and the two fall in love. Further, the United States government rules in Brown Bear's favor and he gets his land back.
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For additional information, contact the director, Bob Carter, at email@example.com, or