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Directed by Susan Hamel
Music Direction by Jeffrey Allen Mead

Award-winning songs and big Texas charm fill this classic musical about a small-town brothel that plays host to senators, mayors and football stars. Miss Mona runs the show at the Chicken Ranch, but trouble comes to town when the puritanical reporter Melvin P. Thorne descends on the bordello with his cameras, trying to shut down the fun. When the political heat gets to be too much, the governor has to step in, and life in Gilbert, Texas will

Auditions: Tuesday, October 27 & Wednesday, October 28, starting at 7pm

Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

Performances: January 22-23 & 29-30 at 7:30pm  January 24 & 31 at 2:00pm

Audition Process: Please plan to arrive by 7:00. We will do cold readings and teach choreography after vocal auditions. Dress to move! Auditions will be done in a group setting with everyone in the room together.

If you have questions, please contact Director: Susan Hamel :
susanehamel@hotmail.com (preferred)
319-430-9807 (leave a message)

Cast Breakdown:

Miss Mona Stangley  35+, Owner and operator of “The Chicken Ranch.” No nonsense, but also very warm, motherly, energetic and personable. Vocal range: Alto.  Songs: A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place, Girl You’re a Woman, No Lies, Bus From Amarillo.

Jewel Mosley  35+, Maid and cook at The Chicken Ranch for more than 25 years. She is a true golden girl – sassy, sexy and self assured. Vocal range: Alto/Soprano. Songs: Girl You’re a Woman, Twenty four Hours of Lovin, No Lies

Doatsey Mae Grimes  25+, Waitress at the Texas Twinkle Café. She’s a trusting, reliable ear, treated by the men of the town more like a man than a woman. Vocal Range: Sopranco. Songs: Doatsey Mae

Angel– aka, Nancy Jean Drury  20+ Former teen mom who left home after giving birth to her son Billy, now six years old, when her father beat her up. She’s tough, scrappy and street smart. Vocal Range Alto/Soprano. Songs: Girl You’re a Woman, Twenty Four Hours of’Lovin, No Lies, Hard Candy Christmas

Shy–aka, Annamerle Seltzer  16+ Country, farm girl; young, fresh faced, sheltered and gawky. Naïve and shy, but headstrong and capable. Vocal range: Soprano Songs: Girl You’re a Woman, Twenty Four Hours of Lovin, No Lies, Hard Candy Christmas

Miss Mona’s girls/townspeople  16+, Cover various roles including townspeople, small lines, dance -oles and small vocal solos, around 8-9 people

Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd  40+ Sheriff of La Grange, Texas. He’s a down home, cowboy type, lovingly curmudgeonly more than a little rough around the edges. He’s a live and let live type, though, surprisingly liberal in his thinking and his language. Vocal Range: Baritone. Songs: Good Old Girl

Melvin P. Thorpe  40+ Television personality and part time revivalist preacher – more huckster than holy. If Donald Trump and Sarah Palin created a child, it would be Melvin. He’s brash, bigger than life and a complete blowhard. Obsessed by sanctity and morality  in overcompensation for a rather effeminate manner. Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone Songs: Watch Dog Theme, Texas Has a Whorehouse In It, The Sidestep

Governor Briscoe  50+ A former rancher and businessman from Uvalde, TX; now a first term Governor in his first year in office. He’s the quintessential politician: Saying a lot of nothing. Amiable and full of charm, he’s dumb about everything but politics. Vocal Range: Baritone Songs: The Sidestep

Edsel Mackey  25+ A big city Houston boy who landed his first newspaper job out of high school with  the town paper: The Gilbert Gospel. He’s now Editor in Chief and is, without question, the smartest man in town. Witty, dry and shrewd. Think a young MSNBC talking head.

Mayor Rufus Poindexter  40+ Local automobile dealer and youngest son of the town’s richest and most well known family. Like George W. Bush, he was the son least expected to succeed –but  now he’s the only one in town, running the dealership and the town. He doesn’t like, and is overwhelmed by, his job and he’s not shy about everyone knowing it.

Aggie boys/Townspeople  16+  Cover various roles including townspeople, small lines, dance roles and small vocal solos, around 8-9 people

Volunteers Needed For INSODUS!

It’s time again to prepare the ICCT space for the 60th season.  Please come join in and help us move in our brand-new risers and chairs, hang curtains, roll out the carpet and start all over again with fabulous shows.

We depend on volunteers to be the life blood of ICCT, so come join in the fun this weekend Saturday, August 15th 9:00-4:00 and Sunday, August 16th 10:00-4:00.  Find us in building A of the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

LOCATION: Johnson County Fair Grounds building A

Let us know you’re coming by signing up here.  Otherwise please come help whenever you are able.

Announcing ICCT’s Landmark 60th Season

ICCT is so excited to announce the shows for our landmark, 60th Anniversary Season.  To celebrate these 60 years of ICCT, each show represents one of the six decades, from the 1950s-2000s.  We are so proud of our role in the artistic community.  Stay tuned for audition info and FlexPass information!

50s – DAMN YANKEES Directed by Katie Boothroyd

Opening Night 9/18-9/27
Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he’s left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series. This classic is a seven time Tony award winning show and a staple in every musical lover’s library. With Katie Boothroyd’s excitement for the genre and material, every audience member will leave sporting a huge grin.

60s – PSYCHO BEACH PARTY Directed by Louis Doerge
Opening Night 10/23-11/1
This marriage of the Alfred Hitchcock psycho drama and Beach party Giget film genre is perfect for Halloween! 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 them is a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind. Louis Doerge, a filmmaker who has worked with stars featured on shows such as Dexter, Friday Night Lights, and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has a vision for this rockin’ romp that promises an evening of surf rock zingers, thrills, and campy fun!
70s – THEOPHILUS NORTH Directed by Kehry Anson Lane
Opening Night 12/4-12/13
This off-Broadway, Helen Hayes award winning play by Matthew Burnett based on the novel by Thornton Wilder, focuses on the life Thornton’s twin would have been a part of, had he survived birth. Set in the resort town of Newport, RI, during the height of the Jazz Age in summer, 1926, Theophilus North follows the exploits of the title character as he searches for adventure and his place in the world. Quitting his teaching position in New Jersey, and stranded in Newport after his jalopy breaks down, thirty-year-old Theophilus takes odd jobs (tennis instructor, French tutor, private reader…) in houses of the wealthy, infiltrating himself into the lives and troubles of Newport’s residents, both upstairs and downstairs. But the greatest adventure in store is not at all what he has imagined… Kehry Anson Lane’s vision shows us the potential of the magic of theatre and the charm of every person’s life.

80s – BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE in TEXAS Directed by Susan Hamel
Opening Night 1/22-1/31
This Drama Desk, Olivier, and Tony award winning musical gives us a happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.

90s – LOST IN YONKERS Directed by Nate Sullivan
Opening Night 3/11-3/20
This Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play by Neil Simon is one of his best known contemporary comedic memory plays. Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne’r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers. Nate Sullivan’s love for this show is apparent in his handling of it. His vision for the show is rooted in honesty and all the comedy that comes with it.

2000s – AMERICAN IDIOT Directed by Jaret Morlan
Opening Night 4/22-5/1
Based on the Grammy award winning concept album of the same name by Green Day, this two time Tony award winning high concept Broadway hit has contemporary themes and an edginess that holds important social message for the masses. Johnny, Tunny and Will flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, but their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line. Jaret Morlan’s concept showcases the grit and beauty in the youth of what’s left in a post 9/11 America. His deep love for this band, this album, and the content explored within it will rattle and excite the minds of everyone viewing it. ICCT is excited to give this show to our theatre, and to the members of the community who will be in the audience to share in it.