The Life and (cruel) Times of Conchita Zaragoza, a Mambo Musical.
By Mark-Brian Sonna
Follow the life and misadventures of Conchita Zaragoza as she leaves her roots in rural Mexico to follow her dream of going to Hollywood! As a young woman Conchita watches a Carmen Miranda movie, and instantly decides that she will become the next Latin Superstar. She sews a Carmen Miranda dress (because that’s what she thinks how Americans dress) and heads north of the border, but mistakenly ends up in Marfa, Texas. The perennial optimist, she finds a job a at strip club. Undeterred, she uses her wiles and talents and turns it into the premiere supper club of West Texas and the Permian Basin! Determined to still make it to Hollywood, she hops on a bus, but because of her illiteracy she takes the wrong bus and ends up in Waxahachie, Texas. Once there, she finds herself working at the Renaissance Faire as the first Anne Boleyn to ever dance the Mambo! The question remains: Will she ever make it to Hollywood?
The show runs from July 13 – August 6, 2017 and will be presented at the Studio Theatre, Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison TX 75001.
Rehearsals are June 2 – July 12, 2017.
We are looking for a multi-ethnic cast. Though there are 25 speaking roles, 24 of them are to be played by 4 women and 4 men. Even though this primarily a dance musical some of the dance numbers are quite simple so not all the performers have to have extensive dance backgrounds. If you can walk in a rhythm or have extensive dance experience we are looking for you! The most important thing is to have fun while dancing. This said, we do need at least 4 of the 9 cast members with strong dance skills.
Conchita Zaragoza: 20’s. She has an indomitable spirit. Though most people would be crushed with the misfortunes she experiences, she’s a perpetual optimist, and is able to make light and humor of every dire situation she encounters. She is the protagonist and narrator. Must have dance experience.
4 Women ages 18 – 45. Some of the roles include: Maria Theresa who is Conchita’s ever suffering mom. Milagro, Conchita’s sister with a terrible lisp who likes to sing. Chrissy, a stripper who is clueless about the fact that what she does for a living might be considered controversial. Iris, an embittered exotic dancer who befriends Conchita. Samantha, a lesbian sheriff who takes a shine for Conchita. Martha Inez, a bus station attendant who’s perpetual southern hospitality is infuriating. Amy, a tough as nails casting director. Mrs. Leibowitz a casting director who champions for Conchita
4 Men ages 18- 45. Some of the roles include: Dr. Mata a doctor with kinky interests. Coyote, a smuggler that charmingly robs Conchita of all of her belongings. Joe, a two timing club owner that Conchita falls in love with. Luis, the new club owner that sees the potential in Conchita as an entertainer. Skip & Tom, two of the waiters at the strip club that get roped into doing a striptease with Conchita and discover they have mutual feelings for each other. Hippie, a hippie that sees the high side of life. Paul, a kindler gentler casting director. Mr. Williams, a hot shot Hollywood Producer.
Sunday, May 28 at 6:30 PM open call & 8 PM by appointment.
Monday, May 29 at 3:00 PM by appointment & 4:30 PM open call.
Saturday, June 3 at 3:00 PM. Call backs, if needed, will be done at 5:00 PM.
All auditions will be held at the Stone Cottage Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001.
Please bring a headshot and resume and come dressed to move. A couple of dance combinations will be given: One simple, and one more complex for the more seasoned dancers. Cold reads will be done after the dance portion, so allow enough time when you come to the auditions.