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Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson

Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall

November 28 - December 20, 2003
Directed by Michael Jones

 

This rambunctious musical comedy is based on a bit of local off color - the 1973 closing of one of Texas' most famous pleasure palaces known euphemistically as Edna's Ranch Boarding House, which was also known for generations as the fabled Chicken Ranch of La Grange, Texas.

 (The Chicken Ranch moniker hails from the Depression days when the establishment accepted poultry as payment when needy customers didn't have the necessary cash.)

Ellen Webster and Company in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

In its early days, its founder set strict standards of decorum, and as the play begins, its current "landlady", Miss Mona, runs it as a kind of community service. Her ladies get group rates on Blue Cross, wear long dresses every evening, service the local college football team (thanks to a generous alumni gift), and seem to get along fine with the local sheriff, businessmen and politicians.

Ellen Webster and Steve Vann in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS   Terry Veal in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

However, the house is threatened when a crusading television personality, Melvin P. Thorpe, turns his "Watchdog Spotlight" on Miss Mona's operation. Intent on reform and a whole lot of self-serving publicity, Melvin's crusade doesn't stop until he pressures the Governor to have the local sheriff shut it down.

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The country and western tinged score includes such songs as "Hard Candy Christmas," "Twenty-Four Hours of Lovin', "The Bus From Amarillo," and "Good Old Girl". The band for the show includes local musicians Elyse Angelo, Sheryl Waters, Mike Stutzman, Darrell Raley, Bart Varner and Jason Hunt.

Tomeka Walker and Ellen Webster in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS   Brenda Williams and Steve Vann in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

Although "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" may best be remembered as a 1982 film starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, it was originally produced onstage by the famed Actors Studio in New York. Its Off Broadway production garnered three Drama Desk Awards before its successful run on Broadway. The idea came from a magazine article about the closing of the Chicken Ranch, written by Larry L. King, which caught the eye of actor/director Peter Masterson. The two Texans developed the story into a musical with the aid of fellow Texan Carol Hall who created the music. More recently, Ann-Margret starred as Miss Mona in a national tour that opened in 2001. Carpenter Square is staging the musical as part of its 20th Anniversary Season celebration.

The Melvin P. Thorpe Singers in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

"Carpenter Square first produced 'The Best Little Whorehouse' in 1988 as part of our 4th season, and audiences had a great time. It was a big hit for the theatre," explains Carpenter artistic director Rhonda Clark. "It's a show that we've been wanting to do again for so long, and our 20th anniversary seems like the perfect time."
 

 THE CAST    

 


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The WHOREHOUSE company

 

 

 

Tomeka Walker in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

 

 

 

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

Angel   Cindy Hanska
Shy   Amanda Starkey
Jewel   Tomeka Walker
Mona Stangley   Ellen Webster
Angel   Cindy Hanska
Linda Lou   Molly O'Connor
Dawn   Wendy Hart
Ginger   Emily Etherton
Beatrice   Siobhan Morava
Taddy Jo   Janna Rouse
Ruby Rae   Jennifer White
Eloise   Linzy Lawson
Durla   Katie Thompson
     
Melvin P. Thorpe   Terry Veal
Soundman   Shane Schnetzler
Cameraman   Jered Butz
Thorpe Singers   Emily Etherton
Siobhan Morava
Katie Thompson
Brenda Williams
Joe DiBello
Ryan Mobley
Charlie Monnot
Kyle Watson
Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd   Steve Vann
Scruggs   Corey Martin
Mayor Rufus Poindexter   Dennis Maley
Doatsey Mae   Brenda Williams
Townspeople   Emily Etherton
Siobhan Morava
Katie Thompson
TV Announcer   Paul James
Angelette Imogene Charlene   Janna Rouse
Senator Wingwoah   Charlie Dickerson
The Aggies   Jered Butz
Joe DiBello
C.K. Edwards
Ryan Mobley
Charlie Monnot
Kyle Watson
Aggie Waterboy   Shane Schnetzler
Photographers   Paul James
Corey Martin
Shane Schnetzler
Governor's Aide   Kyle Watson
Governor   Terry Zinn
Reporters   Paul James
Corey Martin
Dennis Maley
     

THE BAND

   
Piano   Sheryl Waters
Percussion   Elyse Angelo
Bass   Darrell Raley
Rhythm Guitar   Mike Stutzman
Lead Guitar   Jason Hunt
Fiddle   Bart Varner
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Michael Jones
Set Design   Rick Cheek
Costume Design   Corey Martin
Lighting Design   Tom Harrington
Stage Manager   JoLynne Lair
Assistant to the Director   Pat Tweed
Dance Captain   Jennifer White
Rehearsal Accompanist   Holly Moorad
Master Electrician   Steven Gillmore
Light Crew   Scott Andrews
Tori Stahl
Murphy LaVictoire
Bo Russsel
Erin Roberts
Set Construction   Rick Cheek
Kyle Watson
Ben Hall
Wendy Hart
Scott Andrews
Paul James
Steve Vann
Jered Butz
Dennis Maley
Scenic Painting   Rhonda Clark
Bob Bates
Melody Harrington
Light Operator   Michael Greene
Sound Operator   Taylor Elkins
Running Crew   Tom Gibson
Genger Gibson
Tori Stahl
Spotlight Operators   Lauren Brickman
Jarel Walker
Dresser   Ryanne Pemberton
Properties   Rhonda Clark
JoLynne Lair
Stage Center Technical Liaison   Joe Daleo
Poster Design   Philip Carlton
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Pollard Theatre - Dis Guy's Costumes - Jeffrey Meeks - Joe Long - Terry Hicks - Classen School of Advanced Studies Theatre Dept. - Oklahoma Children's Theatre - UCO College of Arts, Media & Design - Nick Backes - Jennifer White - Katie Thompson - Gregory Moore - Gregory's Sporting Goods, Del City

Opening Night Party Sponsors: WorkMed Benefits Services - Associated Underwriters Insurance


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