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Bingo….the Winning Musical

Best friends and bingo pals Vern, Honey, and Patsy brave a terrible storm in order to attend the yearly celebration of the Birth of Bingo and tribute to its founder, Edwin S. Lowe. Events of the evening remind them of the ominous night fifteen years ago that began the same way. Flashbacks help tell the story of the circumstances that lead to the splintering of lifelong relationships. A mystery guest at the present day bingo night helps to bring about healing within the group. Lively songs, audience engagement, silly superstitions, and lots of friendly jabs and jokes will make this a memorable, enjoyable show.

Female Roles – The 6 female roles can be played by women aged 40-70, with the exception of Allison who is a 20-30 something. All roles require energetic, confident singers who must be able to sing solos and sing in harmony.

Vern – 40+ The matriarch of the group of friends. Funny, robust, stubborn, and crusty, but with a good heart buried under a gruff exterior.

Patsy – 40+ Obsessively superstitious. Can be played as naïve, neurotic, mousey or any/all of the above. But underneath the anxiety lies a rock star who can let it rip!

Honey – 40+ Strong on looks, but a little weak on intellect. Plays a “past her prime sex kitten” who has not yet given up on true love.

Minnie – 40+ The friendly bingo hall manager, who is gifted at interacting and improvising with the audience (her “bingo patrons”), with a warm, engaging energy.

Bernice – 40+ Supermom; sweet, cheerful, peacemaker, pie baker of the group.

Allison – 20+ Daughter of Bernice; optimistic, passionate; determined to right a wrong from the past.

Male Role

Sam- 40+ Bingo caller with a past; very appealing either in looks, personality, or both. Takes his job as a caller very seriously and only gets flustered when Honey gets his attention (which happens a lot).

Also needed for this production are stage assistants to assist with props and on stage costume changes, sound and lighting technicians, and set development. The orchestra calls for 2 keyboards and 1 percussionist.

Auditions will be held August 19 and 20, 6:30-8:30 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1040 South Grade Rd. SW, Hutchinson, MN.

    • Actors will read from the script

    • Actors will be taught very simple segments (a line or a phrase) from the score and asked to sing it back

    • Please also prepare something to sing (an accompanist will be available if you wish to bring music; you are welcome to sing without accompaniment – no recorded accompaniment).

    • Be prepared to provide rehearsal conflict dates, assuming Monday-Thursday evening rehearsals starting September 2. The production dates are November 6-8 and 12-14.Bingo….the Winning Musical

You are welcome to contact Jenine Nordquist, 320-582-0711, with any questions.