CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 6 Pop Singers who move well, 4 - 6 Dancers,1 Live DJ
This disco ballet features 3 female and 3 male pop singers who move very well and portray characters in the disco ~~ bartender, waitress, club singers, club kid and boy next door patron. 4-6 strong female dancers are also needed. A live DJ provides narration and spins records between sets/acts.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 6 Men and 4 Women: Strong Singers who Move Well
- DJ: The desk clerk. Shy and unassuming. Strong mover. Baritone who sings "Heartbreak Hotel" and "It's Now Or Never." Handsome, DJ transforms to a matinee idol to win Marie.
- Marie: The mol. Sexy, mysterious, and commanding. Marie is on the lamb with Spider. A strong mover/dancer. Marie sings "Treat Me Nice" and "Trouble."
- Spider: A convict and con artist. Strong mover with a soulful voice. Charismatic, Spider sings, "Jailhouse Rock," and "In the Ghetto." A strong mover.
- Smith: The bellhop with a tender heart. Tenor. Smith sings "Are You Lonesome Tonight."
- Ginger: Single gal, traveling alone, Ginger falls for Parker who she learns is a priest. Pretty and mysterious, she is a power belter who sings "My Way," and "One Night of Sin."
- Parker: A priest. Leading man type. Tormented and conflicted. Baritone who sings "Don't" and "Crying in the Chapel."
- Gladys: Suspecting wife. Gladys is angry and sassy. A strong mover. Raspy and full of emotion, Gladys sings "Hound Dog," and "A Fool Such as I."
- Vernon: Cheating husband. BariTenor. Soulful and a ballad singer. Vernon sings "The Wonder of You," and "Suspicious Minds."
- Linda: The sexy bride. Pretty, energetic, and playful. Strong mover. Linda sings "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Hunk of Love."
- Jesse: The groom. Boy next door. High energy and a strong mover. BariTenor who sings "A Little Less Conversation," and "That's Alright Mama."
10 Singer/Actor/Movers playing 13 Characters
- Alex: The bartender. Sexy, smart, witty, seasoned, experienced, but not too brittle: a skeptic, but not a cynic. Alex has a past and has secret; despite her skepticism, she is romantically involved with Grant, a married pilot. Although her own storyline is prevalent, Alex also acts as the narrator as all the action revolves around her and her well-tended bar. A belter with command. Strong actress and good mover.
- Grant: The pilot. Suave, sometimes distant, but always charming, Grant enjoys his transient lifestyle as his marriage has more downs than ups. It is clear that his attraction to Alex is strong, if his commitment to her is not. Although a “leaver” in the end, Grant is likeable albeit incapable of a lasting relationship with Alex. A strong actor and baritone.
- Amy: A regional sales rep, Amy is sexy, put-together and playful and loves what she perceives as the glamour of the job. Unapproachable to some, she is genuine and down to earth with her friend, Alex. Amy is not willing to settle, but will toy with men, such as Frank to relieve her travel boredom. Amy knows how to walk, how to move, and how to stir her drink.
- Samantha: A flight attendant. Attractive, gay, serious, but sweet, Samantha is very good at her job and tends to do it with an attitude she brings from her small-town upbringing. Finally in a committed, satisfying and grounded relationship, Samantha is in love and eager to plan a wedding and set up house. This relationship is what she has been waiting for all her life, so why wait? She and her other half, Kate are traveling to scope out a destination wedding venue. A strong singer and a dancer/mover.
- Kate: An artsy writer. Kate is engaged to Samantha and is a frequent flyer with Samantha’s miles. She is pretty, funny and seems better whenever she’s near Samantha. In love with her fiancé, she is excited about the direction her life is taking, but her cautious side surfaces. Along for the ride and a free flight, Kate is checking out wedding venues, but not as sure as her counterpart about the timing. Why rock the plane? A strong ballad singer and mover.
- Austin/Chip: Austin is a young business traveler. Cute, energetic, and afraid of flying, he drinks to calm his nerves before he flies. Austin could be a gay or straight character and is married and a father of a young son. Since Austin travels almost all the time, the recent pressures of juggling the job and the kid have had a negative effect on his marriage. Austin is frequently at Alex’s bar. Chip is a secondary character played by the same actor and is a flight attendant who, along with Shelby gives flight announcements from the plane and gate. He is sarcastic, biting and quick with the pun.
- Frank: A bankrupcy lawyer. Frank puts himself on billboards in certain markets and considers himself a celebrity in the cities he travels to. Frank is married, but keeps his wedding ring in his carry-on luggage when traveling. He is bold in his approach and full of confidence (among other things) when it comes to his work and women, which are both to be “won.” A baritone and strong comedic actor.
- Angela/Shelby and Tommy: Angela and Tommy are a young couple in love: innocent, naive, and afraid. Angela is part of the National Guard and has been stationed in the Middle East; they are saying goodbye at the airport. Tommy will be lost without Angela. He is an out of work musician or artist, rough around the edges and not sure where he’ll go or what he’ll do once she gets on her flight. Angela is pretty, earthy, and sweet. An ingénue in camouflage. They are the modern couple next door. Singers who can handle harmonies and who move well. Shelby is a secondary character played by the same actress. A flight attendant, Shelby is funny, charming and full of sex appeal as she, along with Chip, deliver a series of gate and flight announcements.
- Fern/Harold: Fern and Harold are a married couple. These roles are played by the same male actor. The two have been married for 30 plus years and have never spent a night apart. Fern and Harold are inexperienced in the ways of the modern world, and, of course are always searching for the other, since they are never on stage at the same time. A strong, versatile actor to play both sexes. Singing range must be broad with a convincing falsetto. A mover.
Produce a proven smash hit show for your venue. Worcel Shepard Productions creates book shows and musical revues available for licensing. These five shows (three in collaboration with Red Boat Productions and composer Lynn Lupold) have enjoyed sold out runs, critical acclaim and successful remounts at multiple theatres:
- “465 SEX DRIVE works really, really well. Don’t believe me? Maybe you’ll believe the packed house…on a Tuesday night. Yes, a full house on a Tuesday at 9 p.m. And that crowd was laughing hysterically, applauding and cheering throughout the performance from Red Boat Productions.”
~~ Elizabeth J. Musgrave, BroadwayWorld.com
- “The pacing is deft and the dancing (choreographed by Kenny Shepard) is fresh and fun to watch. The graceful movement of the women’s beautiful legs atop their designer ‘come f*ck me’ shoes is mesmerizing. How in the world do they do that?”
~~Hope Baugh via Indy Theatre Habit
- “The choreography was crisp and illustrative, and the often sassy projection of the characters’ obsessions tended to wipe away much concern for their recovery… it was pretty clear we were to enjoy whatever fellowship they managed to achieve, both in the carpool and in the sessions themselves.”
~~Jay Harvey via IndyStar.com
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 6 Singer/Actor/Movers
- Ali: Sexy, sarcastic, commanding. Strong betler, actor and mover. Ali is a temptress who needs to be needed and leaves an increasing trail of one night stands behind her. Ali holds down a respectable job by day, but by nightfall she is on the prowl and has attracting her prey down to a skillful science.
- Lance: Young and trendy. Baritone/Tenor, strong actor and mover. Lance was arrested for having sex in a public park and has been ordered to attend therapy for sex addiction. Lance is gay and his iPhone is like another appendage as he scours Facebook, Grinder and Twitter to find his next hook up. Lance says he wants to settle down but can’t remain faithful to anyone, including himself.
- JoAnne: Sultry voice. Strong mover. Commanding presence. Brassy, charming and definitely not afraid to speak her mind, JoAnne is the funny, lesbian version of George Clooney’s character in UP IN THE AIR: racking up frequent flyer miles and lovers. An executive, JoAnne answers to no one and enjoys her adventurous life traveling for her job. Although she has little success with real life relationships, JoAnne can talk her way into anyone’s heart: at least for a night or two.
- Jordan: Baritone. Strong comic actor. Smooth with the one liners, Jordan wears the badge of “player” with honor. Technically a physician, Jordan is proud of this accomplishment and uses it to his advantage whenever possible. Jordan enjoys the bar scene and picks up women whenever and wherever: therapy, the carpool, and even his own podiatry office.
- Veronica: Sexy, put-together cougar. Strong mover and belter. Veronica is the talk of her neighborhood. Desperate to rid herself of mini vans and PTA, she is a drama queen, both as a wannabe performer and also with her cul de sac antics. Her community theatre scene partners spend a lot of time at Veronica’s house.
- Rex: Commanding and charming actor. Baritone and a mover. Rex is a sex addiction therapist and was at one time an addict himself. Now, he uses his past experiences to support the others in the group. A man of mystery, Rex shifts each discussion to the other members of the group until the show's finale. Rex knows the individual buttons to push and probing questions to ask to get everyone talking.
- "LASHES OFF, a wonderful production, makes an entire show based on the willingness of the cast members to share their real selves. It is so sexy. Love and life cross age, orientation, and time to create a unique gem."
~~ Kathy Gehlhausen-Slaughter, FringeTalk
- "LASHES OFF was a huge sellout... they could've sold it out two times over."
DISCO NIGHTS enjoyed record breaking crowds, rave reviews and a command performance at American Cabaret Theatre/The Theatre at The Athenaeum in the heart of the Mass Ave arts district in downtown Indianapolis.Worcel Shepard Productions conceived, directed and choreographed the show weaving 70's mega hits into a disco storyline that brought audiences to their feet.
Meet the club kids in a disco, boogie wonderland that takes audiences behind the velvet ropes. The story may be typical boy meets girl, but the presentation is anything but, including an ultra glam club wedding finale. Between acts, audience members can shake their groove things as a live DJ spins everyone's favorite disco hits.
Room by room, the guests and staff of the HEARTBREAK HOTEL spin a web of heartache, passion, betrayal and love with renditions of some of the best rock and roll ever recorded. The retro rooms of this musical hotel are rockin' with a cheating husband, an escaped convict, honeymooners, and a bellhop in love.
- ".... a sensuously fast-paced, tinsel-twirl into '70's culture and chaos, replete with emulated characters and real resolutions. The story hinges on two teens wandering into the sub-culture of a club, ultimately finding their way into matrimony. Conceived and directed by Carol Worcel and Kenny Shepard, it's a definite "go see, go experience" cabaret performance with a lot of heart. You'll experience visualizations of three dozen songs that ear-marked a decade historians refer to as "a nervous breakdown." DISCO NIGHTS subtly captures the era and surprises with a flourish. Make the trip and groove a little..."it"
~~ Rita Kohn, NUVO
- "From "I Love the Nightlife" to "Last Dance," the pulsating songs, the groovin’ moves, the sensuous moments and the glitter and glam transport show-goers to a happy place...There's too much to praise... the sleazy to glitzy costumes, along with the wigs, glorious wigs evoke the era. A white wedding scene is straight out of Vegas."
~~ Bonnie Britton,
The Indianapolis, Star
- "This is not your usual Elvis impersonation, show... HEARTBREAK HOTEL weaves a story involving 10 characters with no dialogue, just the songs of Elvis Presley... Clever and very professional... Whether you're an Elvis fan or not, don't miss HEARTBREAK HOTEL..."
~~ Tom Berg, The Track, 107.9
465 SEX DRIVE and LASHES OFF courtesy of IndyFringe
DISCO NIGHTS, HEARTBREAK HOTEL, photographed by Julie Curry Photography, ENTER LOVE photographed by Zach Rosing
465: SEX DRIVE... A MUSICAL
was the top selling show in the history of the Indianapolis Fringe Festival and enjoyed a sold out run at the Spotlight Theatre, Indianapolis. The show can be reworked in any city using unique locales and local humor. With original music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold and book by Kenny Shepard, Ty Stover and Sharla Steiman, this show is available for licensing through Red Boat Productions.
Ride with our six captivating sex addicts as they carpool to their weekly sex addiction therapy session. Hear their funny and bittersweet accounts as they share both songs and their sex lives, explaining how they ended up as comrades and sexy confidants.
LASHES OFF begins as a fairly traditional cabaret set, but immediately takes a left turn where guards are dropped as each performer begins to reveal rarely seen glimpses of the real, complex person behind the character usually seen on stage. Produced by Red Boat Productions, the original music and lyrics are by Lynn Lupold with direction and choreography by Kenny Shepard and Carol Worcel. A sell out run at IndyFringe, these women were named "the best talent at Fringe."
Get to know the women behind the lashes as they dare to expose their offstage personas and bare it all in a provocative, interactive, personal way. Based on their real life stories, no topic is off limits: love, sex, religion, orientation, jealousy, gay marriage, divorce and even an account of a brief career as an exotic dancer. Funny, poignant and sexy, their steamy secrets are out as layers are stripped away revealing the woman behind the persona.
ENTER LOVE... THE AIRPORT MUSICAL
began as an unscripted musical revue at Indianapolis’ Connoisseur Room starring Shannon Forsell. A book was added which resulted in two smash runs at Chicago's Quest Theatre and The Historic Monon/Civic Theatre of Lafayette. ENTER LOVE is produced by Red Boat Productions with original music by Lynn Lupold and Jeff Bowen, book by Kenny Shepard, Don Seybold and Ty Stover.
A musical about the fast paced nature of love in the 21st century, ENTER LOVE is uniquely set in a bustling airport. The show centers around a series of encounters with characters flirting, dreaming, sharing, lying, longing, confessing and finding… love. A metaphor for love’s arrivals, departures, delays, and cancellations, this airport musical is full of symbolic rough landings and some baggage along our travelers’ journeys to romance.
HEARTBREAK HOTEL features all of Elvis' #1 hits in a musical theatre setting. Conceived, written and produced by Worcel Shepard Productions, this fresh approach to familiar songs draws theatre and Elvis fans alike. Without impersonation or references to his life, the show pays tribute to The King through his music and the characters named after those closest to The King.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 4 Women with strong cabaret skills
The original cast of LASHES OFF features four women representing four decades and diverse experiences and life stages. Each well known in the arts community as cabaret artists, musical theatre performers, a TV celebrity and a concert headliner, the original cast includes Erin Cohenour, Amanda Lawson, Deb Mullins, and Carol Worcel. Although originally written for this specific ensemble, LASHES OFF can be re-formatted for other casts in other cities.
- "ENTER LOVE succeeded at conveying a funny, contemporary story that is universal. In light of recent developments regarding marriage equality, it was especially gratifying that the playwrights included same-sex relationships that were presented as nothing out of the ordinary and portrayed what many believe represents the new norm. Four Stars."
~~ Tom Alvarez, The Examiner
- "Laughs, some tears and some reality checks brings this story into the "truth be told" category. The characters share their more vulnerable side to the audience and each other. Bottom Line ENTER LOVE... THE AIRPORT MUSICAL shares life, laughter and love in personal relationships of all types."
~~ Elizabeth Musgrave, Gotta Go
- "Ah, that was fun. And prob'ly the most ROMANTIC show I've been to in a while."
~~ Hope Baugh @IndyTheatre