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Pageant, The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest
To become a contestant, Lewisville Playhouse will hold open auditions!
Directed and choreographed by Eddie Floresca

Music Direction by Michael Swann

Preliminary auditions: Saturday, Dec 9, 2023, 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 10, 2023, 7-10 p.m.
Call backs (if needed and by invitation only): Monday, Dec 11, 2023, 7-10 p.m.
Location: Lewisville Playhouse | 160 W Main Street | Lewisville, TX 75057

SCHEDULE
Rehearsals: Monday, Jan 8, 2024 (initial meeting/music rehearsal), 7-10 p.m.
Mondays-Fridays, Jan 9-Feb 7, 2024, 7-10 p.m.
Some Saturdays and Sundays
(a 
detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at auditions)

Preview Night: Thursday, Feb 8, 8 p.m.
Opening Night: Friday, Feb 9, 8 p.m.
Performances: Feb 10-25, 2024, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
Compensation: $400

PLEASE NOTE: Production may be extended beyond the 3rd week. If so, additional compensations per show will be recompensed!

We celebrate the 40th anniversary of this off-Broadway production with book, music, and lyrics by Robert Longbottom. The show will be directed and choreographed by Eddie Floresca, music directed by Michael Swann, and produced by Lewisville Playhouse and Floresca Productions under the leadership of Artistic Director, Zach Cantrell. Stage managed by Anna Denney and set designed by Chris Robinson. 

ABOUT THE SHOW

Like every beauty pageant you've seen before, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. Complete with evening gowns, talent, swim-wear (yes, SWIM-WEAR!) and spokesmodeling...plus answering calls from the Glamouresse Beauty Crisis Hotline, six contestants compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse (a cosmetics company). The twist is that Pageant is a female beauty pageant performed by an all-male cast. So who will it be? Four judges selected from the audience will vote and determine nightly who the winner will be. The show takes its shots not by mocking the pageant from the outside, but by being one. The show is filled with excitement and suspense, but first and foremost, beauty!

 

AUDITION DETAILS

Please complete the AUDITION FORM and bring to auditions, then click on                             to schedule an audition! If you're unable to attend auditions, we will be accepting video submissions thru December 10.

We are seeking to cast 7 men for various leading roles. All roles are open and ethnic diversity is encouraged. All performers will need to act and sing well, have strong comedic skills, and dance in musical theatre style, unless otherwise noted. Actors seeking roles as contestant will need to be proficient in dancing in at least 2” heels and will be expected to dance in march, musical theatre, pageant style. The actors playing the contestants should look like female beauty pageant candidates. The idea is the present male actors of female characters...not over-the-top drag queens.

Prepare one up-tempo song in its entirety, preferably one that showcases a comic element of your abilities. Song should also showcase your range, vocal strength. Bring one head shot with your theatre resume attached to the back. Clearly indicate any other talents where you are extremely proficient (e.g.: juggling, roller skating, gymnastics/splits, twirling). You may wish to have alternative vocal selections prepared, but we expect to hear only one. We will also teach one dance combination and have readings from the script, provided on site. Please come to auditions prepared to provide your most transparent understanding of your rehearsal conflicts.

 

All actors seeking roles as contestants should also:

  • Wear appropriate shoes/clothes for the dance audition. Bring heels if available.

  • Be prepared to read from the script. Reading the script in advance is recommended.

  • Be prepared to demonstrate their Pageant “walk”.

  • Be prepared to be interviewed on why they should be the next Miss Glamouresse 2024!

 

***PLEASE NOTE: Immediate casting is feasible during callbacks. Actors will be given scripts and scores immediately and will have several weeks before first rehearsal. Cast is requested to preferably be off-book, but not necessarily in its entirety, by then.  

CHARACTERS

MISS BIBLE BELT, RUTH ANN RUTH - Believes that she, plus God, equals a majority in any situation. She sees even the cheesiest part of the Glamouresse Beauty Regimen as part of His Plan. This gives her a unshakably righteous attitude, but she also has the manic cheerfulness of the newly saved. Big belter voice. Perhaps strongest singer in the cast who performs the Act One Finale.

Talent Spot: Singing and playing handbells.

 

MISS DEEP SOUTH, LAURINDA SUMMERFORD - The Southerner in the show; even though others may have fabulous hair, only she knows how to work it. At the same time she is The Lady. She has a very narrow and ritualized sense of "femininity," which is frequently outraged by the other contestants' behavior and attitudes. She is exceedingly funny in her passive aggressive Southern attitude.

Talent spot: Singing and ventriloquism.

 

MISS GREAT PLAINS, BONNIE LOUISE CUTLETT - Utterly sincere in her belief in the values promoted by Glamouesse, though some of them seem quite exotic to her. She is honored to represent the great heartland of this nation and to show what honest country folk can do. In the present contest she is agape and aglow. Not necessarily the "prettiest" contestant.

Talent Spot: Dramatic Poetry Interpretation.

 

MISS INDUSTRIAL NORTHEAST, CONSUELA MANUELA RAFAELLA LOPEZ - Included among he regional winners mostly due to Glamouresse's belated sense that the times they are a-changin' and the Northeast's notable lack of interest in the contest. She is feisty, Her talent has been culled from watching the variety show "Sabado Gigante" on Spanish television.

Talent Spot: Roller skating while playing the accordion.

 

MISS TEXAS, KITTY-BOB AMES - The Professional of the group. With her father's money and a shrewd selection of contests, she has never lost a competition. Her skills may not be outstanding by themselves, but her attitude says "Winner" all the way.

Talent spot: A big musical theatre, tap, and comedy number. Proficient tap skills required.

 

MISS WEST COAST, KARMA QUINN - Like Miss Great Plains, is sweet-natured, but Karma is a lot less focused. She has tried to parlay her vagueness and I'll-try-anything-once attitude into a comprehensive mystical spirituality but it hasn't jelled. This pageant is the most structured event of her entire life. Actor should have dance skills.

Talent spot: Modern/Interpretive dance.

 

FRANKIE CAVALIER - Our genial host, is certainly that. Frankie is a third or fourth-tier celebrity who is known to the audience where the pageant is being performed, perhaps as a weekend weather-report reader or a spokesman for a used car dealership. Think Martin Short meets Bert Parks meets Regis Philbin, meets Rip Torn. Strong singer who moves well.

 

Perusal script is available. For questions or more information, contact eddie@lewisvilleplayhouse.org.

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