Trouble in Tumbleweed Auditions

Trouble in Tumbleweed

By Tim Kelly
 
Auditions June 10 & 11
Rehearsals Begin June 18 (Some conflicts ok)
Performances July 27 – Aug 5
 
SUGGESTED BY NIKOLAI GOGOL’S THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
 
Get set for a wild romp suggested by one of the greatest farces ever written. This cockeyed version takes us to Arizona Territory in the 1880s and the dusty town of Tumbleweed. The pompous Mayor Oates has been hired by a Boston businessman to build a town that one day will be the Territory’s capital. To fill the local positions — sheriff, schoolmarm, doctor — he hires his incompetent relatives (kickbacks included, of course!). The news that a Pinkerton detective is coming from Boston to inspect the town’s development throws the whole family into a panic. Since they’ve been pocketing the businessman’s money, the town hall is nothing but a hole in the ground and the schoolhouse has no roof. A Medicine Show huckster, Professor Burns, is stranded in town because his dancing bear has tangoed away. The relatives assume the professor is the detective and he is only too happy to take advantage of their mistake. Together with the glamorous cardsharp, Lily de Lilac, he has the relatives tripping over one another in hysterical attempts to bribe him. Just when you think the dust is settling, who should turn up but the real detective. The hilarious twists and turns in the plot will have you holding onto your hat (and your sides)!
 
                                CAST OF CHARACTERS
LAWYER MAXWELL                        seedy attorney
MIRANDA OATES                            mayor's wife, a culture vulture
GERT                                                stagecoach driver hired help
ELECTRA LILY DE LILAC                gambling lady                   
PROFESSOR TOM BURNS             Medicine Show huckster down on his luck
JULIE OATES                                   charming creature, in low with Luther
MAYOR OATES                                pompous charlatan
SHERIFF PLUNKETT                        local law, small-time chicken rancher
ALMIRA SESSIONS                          postmaster, likes to read people's mail
DOC SNIPES                                    actually a horse doctor
GILROY CAVENDER                        undertaker
HARRY DOBBS                                engineer, can look busy if he has to
VICTORIA DOBBS                            Harry's wife
OPAL CRABTREE                            schoolmarm, school has no roof
MRS. BAYWATER                            stage passenger
LUTHER                                            manly young prospector
OTTILLIE DOBBS                              young teenager, clumsy
ANTOINETTE                                    her equally clumsy sister
WIDDER HASKINS                           struggling merchant
 
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For more information, call director Bryan Bergeron @ 321-394-1956
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