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Auditions for MVT's 50th Season Opener: the Hilarious Spoof 'Pageant'!

Auditions for MVT's 50th Season Opener: the Hilarious Spoof 'Pageant'!


A musical comedy
by Bill Russell, Frank Kelly and Albert Evans

Performance Run Commitment: August 30 – September 30, 2018

When:    Thursday, June 28, 7pm
              Saturday, June 30, 2pm

Where:   Manoa Valley Theatre

Guest Director/Choreographer 
Brad Powell

Guest Musical Director
Matthew Mazzella

About the show

Like every beauty pageant you've seen before, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. Complete with evening gowns, talent, swim-wear and spokesmodeling...plus answering calls from the Glamouresse Beauty Crisis Hotline..., six contestants compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse (a cosmetics company).  The twist is that Pageant is a female beauty pageant performed by an all-male cast. So who will it be? Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast or Miss Texas? Four judges selected from the audience will vote and determine nightly who the winner will be.  The show takes its shots not by mocking the pageant from the outside, but by being one. The show is filled with excitement and suspense, but first and foremost, beauty!

Auditionees are asked to sing, dance, walk and talk as follows:

  1. Prepare a selection of a song that shows vocal range and character.
  2. Provide sheet music in your own key with music properly marked. (An accompanist will be provided.)
  3. Wear appropriate shoes/clothes for the dance audition.
  4. Be prepared to read from the script. Reading the script in advance is recommended.
  5. Be prepared to demonstrate their Pageant “walk”.
  6. Be prepared to be interviewed on why they want to enter this Pageant.
  7. Plan on having a lot of fun at the auditions!

The minimum age to audition is 16.

The following are the roles in the show.  All roles are available:

MISS BIBLE BELT: RUTH ANN RUTH - Believes that she plus God equals a majority in any situation. She sees even the cheesiest part of the Glamouresse Beauty Regimen as part of His Plan. This gives her a righteous attitude which is unshakable, but she also has the manic cheerfulness of the newly saved. Big belter voice, strongest singer in the cast.


MISS DEEP SOUTH: LAURINDA SUMMERFORD - The Blonde in the show; even though others may have blonde hair, only she knows how to work it. At the same time she is The Lady. She has a very narrow and ritualized sense of "femininity" which is frequently outraged by the other contestants' behavior and attitudes. Her talent is ventriloquism, so some vocal dexterity is helpful.


MISS GREAT PLAINS: BONNIE LOUISE CUTLETT - Utterly sincere in her belief in the values promoted by Glamouesse, though some of them seem quite exotic to her. She is honored to represent the great heartland of this nation and to show what honest country folk can do. In the present contest she is agape and aglow. Not necessarily the "prettiest" contestant.


MISS INDUSTRIAL NORTHEAST: CONSUELA MANUELA RAFAELLA LOPEZ - Included among the regional winners mostly due to Glamouresse's belated sense that the times they are a-changin' and the Northeast's notable lack of interest in the contest. Her talent has been culled from watching the variety show "Sabado Gigante" on Spanish television. Actor must be able at least to stand on roller- or in-line-skates and (possibly) be able to create a different character for the reigning Miss Glamouresse.


MISS TEXAS: KITTY-BOB AMES - The Professional of the group. With her father's money and a shrewd selection of contests, she has never lost a competition. Her skills may not be outstanding by themselves, but her attitude says "Winner" all the way. Actor must tap dance to some rudimentary extent.


MISS WEST COAST: KARMA QUINN - Like Miss Great Plains, is sweet-natured, but Karma is a lot less focused. She has tried to parlay her vagueness and I'll-try-anything-once attitude into a comprehensive mystical spirituality but it hasn't jelled. This pageant is the most structured event of her entire life. Actor should have some dance skills and (possibly) be able to create a different character for the reigning Miss Glamouresse.

FRANKIE CAVALIER - Our genial host, is certainly that. Frankie is a third or fourth-tier celebrity who is known to the audience where the pageant is being performed, perhaps as a weekend weather-report reader or a spokesman for a used car dealership. Strong singer who moves well.


Production Schedule


July 9 – August 29, 2018

Performance run commitment:

August 30 - September 30 (maximum 24 performances)
curtain times: Thur, Fri & Sat - 7:30pm, Sun - 4pm
call time: 90 minutes prior to performances (or as otherwise set)

Performances will be held at Manoa Valley Theatre. Rehearsals will be held at `Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street.  The rehearsal schedule will be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. Cast members will uniformly receive an honorarium to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with volunteerism and participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.

Please note: participating in a Manoa Valley Theatre production is a serious commitment and rehearsal attendance is very important. As determined by the director, specific rehearsal schedules have some flexibility depending on cast conflicts, holidays, vacations, and work schedules. Actors will only be called to rehearsals when needed. Because of the ensemble nature of the show, however, we will need everyone at most rehearsals.

About The Directors

Brad Powell (Guest Director and Choreographer) is an accomplished director and choreographer whose work has been seen in Europe, the Orient, Australia, the mainland and Hawaii. Brad directed and choreographed MVT's productions of Happily Eva Afta,  Forbidden BroadwayForbidden Broadway Strikes BackForbidden Manoa, and received Po'okela Awards for his choreography on MVT's Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Working (2007), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (2014) and Lysistrata Jones (2016). He has also directed and/or choreographed for Army Community Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre and The Actors Group. He received Hawaii State Theatre Council’s PIERRE BOWMAN AWARD for Lifetime Achievement in 2011.

Matthew Mazzella (Guest Musical Director) graduated from Castle High School where he began his performing at the Ron Bright Theater. He's since worked as a company actor and music composer for HTY, and has music directed at both MVT and DHT. He's toured the United   States doing improv and children's theatre and has been recognized locally for his work in Equus (MVT, 2016) as well as his work on YouTube.

Script Perusal

Scripts are available for perusal on premises at the Manoa Valley Theatre business office, 2833 East Manoa Road, between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

More Information

For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or businessoffice@manoavalleytheatre.com.

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