THE BEULAVILLE BAPTIST BOOK CLUB PRESENTS: A BUR-LESS-Q NUTCRACKER! (non-Equity)
By Mark-Brian Sonna
Choreography by Mark-Brian Sonna & Jana Edele
About the show:
Winner of the National Goldstar Nutcracker Award with over 350 performances to date has become a cult classic with audience members calling out lines, dressing up like the characters on stage, and dancing in the aisles.
The Beulaville Baptist Book club is in dire straits financially so they hire the Beaumont Ballet to do the Nutcracker as a fundraiser. Unfortunately, they accidentally food poison the entire company and need a replacement cast. The Velvet Kittens burlesque troupe is on their way to New Orleans to do a show when their van breaks down in Beulaville. The women in the book club hire the dancers without knowing what burlesque is. The Nutcracker is performed to the original Tchaikovsky score but dance in the burlesque style! We have ruined the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy for thousands of people for the last 9 years. This show is winner of the National Godlstar Nutcracker Award (aka “The Nutty”) for being the most beloved Nutcrackers in the USA and been seen on Nightline. It has a massive cult following with audience members dressing up like the characters, calling out lines to the performers, and becoming part of the show by becoming the Beulaville Audience. Think of it as the Rocky Horror of the Christmas Season. The Burlesque dancing in the show is old fashioned meaning it is suggestive but there is no stripping, all the dancers stay covered up.
The show runs from December 1 through December 26, 2022. There are no rehearsals or performances, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Rehearsal begin November 2.
Most of the cast is reprising their roles from previous years. We have a few slots available.
Sylvia (F) 20 -50. White. She is the president of the Beulaville Baptist Book Club. She’s very sarcastic with a dry and wry sense of humor. Even though she’s a devout Christian woman she frequently makes verbal gaffes with loads of sexual innuendo to her ever growing distress. Very much a “Karen” at times. Her Bible thumping ways prove to be hypocritical when it is discovered that she was a former porn actress.
Ramona (F) 20-60. Black. She is the secretary for the book club. She is religious but very liberal. She’ll break into spirited gospel singing (not always good) at the drop of a hat to make a point as she educates the ladies on various issues such as BLM, the dangers of book banning, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Madge (F) 40- 70. Any race. She is the treasurer of the group with bad math skills. She thinks she is a great cook but is not and ends up food poisoning the ballet company but finds the Burlesque troupe to do the show not knowing what Burlesque is. She is sweet, charming, and well intentioned but very ditzy.
Jessica (F): 20 to 40. Any race. Dancer. She is a morally upstanding Catholic “nice girl” who prays with a rosary till the music starts, then she becomes vampy, sexy, and the trashiest of them all. This role requires dancing.
Jill (F): 20’ to 40. Any race. Dancer. Dumb, dumb dumb, dumb, and also sweet. She chews bubble gum while dancing. She also uses the f word in just about every sentence without even realizing she’s using it. She becomes Dickey’s love interest who is the token male member of the book club. This role requires dancing.
Auditions will be:
Saturday, October 29 between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Sunday, October 30 between 6:30 PM and 8 :30 PM
Studio Theatre, Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison TX 75001. Expect to be there for about a 1/2 hour.
Call backs if needed:
November 1, 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Call backs loation”
MBS Productions Rehearsal Space: 8625 King George Dr. #245A, Dallas, TX 75230.