ABOUT THE SHOW
It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boy’s night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.
All ages are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting.
EDDIE BIRDLACE (Lead): Male, 18-25; a Marine private first class from Buffalo, NY. He is well respected and a natural leader amongst his comrades. Initially a hothead; a cocky smooth talker. He eventually sheds his brash exterior when he falls for Rose. Range: A2–A4.
ROSE FENNY (Lead): Female, 18-21; a diner waitress who dreams of life as a musician. She is a naturally shy girl, naive of the world around her. Becomes smitten with Birdlace and discovers a lot about her self-respect and confidence along the way. Ability to play acoustic guitar, a plus. Range: G3–E5.
BERNSTEIN (Supporting): Male, 18-25; a Marine private first class from Cleveland, OH, and Birdlace’s good friend. A bit nerdy and very inexperienced with the opposite sex. Range: B2–B4.
BOLAN (Supporting): Male, 18-25; a Marine private first class from the south and Birdlace’s closest friend. A poor Southern cad, he is the most vocal supporter of the dogfight and fairly crude in his behavior and language. Range: B2–B4.
MARCY (Supporting): Female, 25-35; Boland’s date for the dogfight. She is a nearly toothless and homely prostitute. Crass and brash, but sneaky and cunning. Strong belt a plus. Range: F#3–Eb5.
PETE / LOUNGE SINGER / SERGEANT / DRAG QUEEN (Supporting): Male, 40-50; smooth, clever and charming. The Lounge Singer has a crooner’s voice. Pete is a bus passenger and the Sergeant is the leader of the soldier’s platoon. Can also double as diner patron, waiter and Big Tony.
FECTOR/ENSEMBLE (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 18-25; U.S. Marine private, cocky. Not too terribly bright.
STEVENS/ENSEMBLE (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 18-25; a Marine private first class. Cocky and rude.
GIBBS / ENSEMBLE (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 18-25; a Marine private first class, Midwestern. Doubles as Steven's Party Date in drag.
MAMA / ENSEMBLE (Chorus / Ensemble): Female, 40-50; the owner of the local diner. She is not amused by the Marines’ antics and protective of her daughter, Rose. Speaking Role. Doubles as Fector's party date.
MALE ENSEMBLE (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 18-45; to play Big Tony, Waiter, bus passengers, atmosphere and others.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE (Chorus / Ensemble): Female, 18-35; to play Ruth Two Bears (Native American), Peggy, Chippy, restaurant guests, bus passengers, hippies, atmosphere and others.