The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present Paradise Park The Musical at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre during FestivALL's sixteenth year on June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8:00pm with matinees on June 14 and 28 at 3:00pm.
Paradise Park The Musical is based on the cult classic film of the same name by acclaimed West Virginia filmmaker and film director Daniel Boyd. The musical has been adapted for the stage by Boyd and Mountain Stage's own Larry Groce who has written a new and extensive score.
The story contains themes familiar to citizens of West Virginia: poverty, religion, hopes and dreams and centers on people caring for other people through hard times, through natural disasters and through everyday life. The musical tells the story of an elderly woman in a West Virginia trailer-park who dreams that God will come to their community and grant them all a wish.
Theatre West Virginia premiered the musical in 2018 at Grandview State Park's Cliffside Ampitheatre. They repeated it in 2019.
Singing/Reading (ADULTS): Thursday, April 2 at 7:00pm (prepare selection; bring copy for accompanist; scripts provided)
Singing/Reading (CHILDREN): Saturday, April 4 at 11:00am (prepare selection; bring copy for accompanist; scripts provided)
Dancing: Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00pm (ages 16-adult; dress to dance; combinations will be taught)
*All auditions held at the Guild Theatre*
Nina Denton Pasinetti
Bobby Hodges, Jr.
Marlon - late 20s-mid 30s; educated, but unpretentious; unofficial leader of the park; love interest to Libby and later Caroline; strong actor/singer (movement skills a benefit)
Casey - 16 year old high school dropout; jaded; the show's storyteller; can be male or female
Nada - elderly female; eccentric; has a heart of gold
Libby - late 20s; mother of Belle and Frankie; love interest of Marlon until the return of her estranged and ne'er-do well husband, Kendall; singer with movement or dance skills
Caroline - late 20s-mid 30s; African-American unexpected love of Marlon; singer who moves well
Clifford - mid 20s-late 30s; irreverent; gear monkey; love interest of Ramona; strong singer
Ramona - Clifford's live-in and equally wild mate, sexy; singer with movement skills
Skipper - aged 10-early teens; sweet, autistic boy; son of Evelyn
Evelyn - late 20s-30s; mother of Skipper; never over the abandonment of her husband, Harley; lives in self-exile behind her trailer park door
Man Will Work - ageless; single thread of pride broken man
Man Will Work Son - aged 10-early teens
Avis - African-American; uses his misguided faith to fuel his personal anger; strong singer
Belle - aged 5-7 years old (can be played by small 7-9 year old); youngest daughter of Libby; sings
Frankie - aged 6-8 years old (can be played by small 7-9 year old); oldest daughter of Libby; sings
Earl - older retired miner
Shorty - large out of work miner; best friend of Earl
Joyce - older lady resident; de facto leader of older gals in park; headlines one of the songs
Governor Harless - 50s-70s; country flamboyant politician
Governor Aide - 20s-30s; politico Governor's carny pitch man
Madame Alice C. Duverack - over-the-top, slick, but sensual huckster; Queen Latifah type with the looks and panache; strong show-stopping singer
Rawhide - Joyce's husband, recently out of jail; embittered; constantly cleans his rifle on trailer porch
Caroline's Ex Jerk Boyfriend - relevant age to Caroline
Kendall - late 20s-early 30s; Libby's ne'er-do well returned husband; irresponsible, misguided dreamer
Wesley - late 20s; Nada's grandson; believes that he is driven by concern for his elderly Grandmother, but he is really fueled by his guilt for betraying his past; doesn't live at the trailer park
Marsha - Wesley's wife
Wesley Jr. - young son of Wesley and his wife
Deputy Johnnie Morton - park antagonist; bad dude, but with reason for his "badness"
Alice C. Harley - Evelyn's abandoned husband; Skipper's father; road-worn
Paul - Lonely Hearts Bar proprietor/bartender
Additional cast - portray elitist snobs, deputy 2 and park residents; singers
Dancers - singing an asset; male and female dancers
*There will be some cast members who will play multiple roles*