Psycho Beach Party – auditions

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West Coast Players will hold auditions for Psycho Beach Party, by Charles Busch, on Sunday and Monday, April 9th and 10th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Directed by Keven Renken.

Production dates are June 2 to 18, 2017 (3 weekends).

The award-winning author of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife gives “Gidget” beach party epics and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers a shotgun marriage! Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among these are: a check out girl, a radio talk show hostess, a male model, and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen with nothing less than world domination on her mind. 

Auditionees will read from the script .  They must also come prepared to tell a joke – a story joke that builds to the punch line rather than a simple question and answer joke (“What do you call a woman with one leg?”  “Eileen.” for instance, is a no-no).  The characters are as follows:

CHICKLET – a perky, irrepressibly cheerful teenager whose main goal in life is to become a surfer.  Under stress, however, she reverts to one of many different personalities (some of which are down-right frightening).  The person playing this role needs to be able to do lightning-fast vocal, physical and personality changes.  Works best if performed by a man in drag.

MRS. FORREST – Chicklet’s mother – it would be great if she were the spitting image of Joan Crawford, both in looks and personality.  This role also works best if done in drag.

BERDINE – Chicklet’s best friend.  She is a hopeless nerd, but a nerd with spunk.

MARVEL ANN – ostensibly a friend of Chicklet and Berdine’s, though she mainly tolerates them.  A gorgeous high school vamp, she is absolutely boy crazy.

BETTINA BARNES – an incredibly glamorous movie star(let) on the lam from her studio.  Marilyn Monroe would be a good place to start.  She may not seem very bright – unlike Monroe, it may not be an act.

STAR CAT – the “leading man” of the piece, a handsome and smart guy who is abandoning the college life for that of a surfer.

KANAKA – Star Cat’s “Bud,” the quintessential surfer dude who is both fascinated and repelled by one of Chicklet’s kinkier alter egos.

PROVOLONEY – a scrappy little surfer, the joker of the group.

YO-YO – his best friend, struggling with his attraction to Provoloney.

NICKY and DEE-DEE – handsome beach bum and sexy chick in a bikini (think Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, though she never wore a bikini – and if you don’t know who they are, shame on you!  Google them!).

Because of the adult nature of the piece, all performers should be at least 18 years of age.

West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL.  Directions to the theatre can be found here.

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