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STOOGE! - A CAUCUS CAROL

book, music & lyrics by Robert John Ford

ABOUT THE SHOW

On the eve of the 2024 Iowa GOP Caucuses, a skeptical disenfranchised Iowa voter is visited by three apparitions who - with the help of some well-known historical political figures - teach him about the evolution of the Republican party and the importance of participating in the democratic process, no matter how aggravating it may be.  Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol," "Stooge!" is the sixth - and most absurd! - installment of Robert John Ford's musicals about the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses.  

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION!

Iowa Stage Theatre Company

Stoner Theater, Des Moines Iowa

16 performances - December 29, 2023 through January 15, 2024

Director - Emily Davis; Assistant Director - Rachel Meyer; Music Director - TBA

SCRIPT

A script will be available for viewing on this website beginning one week prior to auditions.

AUDITIONS

For the Iowa Stage Theatre Company production, auditions will be held in October 2023.  Please check the ISTC website for audition dates and how to sign up. 

ROLES

The musical requires ten actors, nine of which play multiple roles. Unless specifically noted, actors should be cast without regard to gender identity, race, ethnicity, or age.  As the musical is still in development, the roles shown below - in order of appearance and in the scenes which they appear - are subject to change or being reassigned to other actors for staging purposes.

ACTOR 1

  • NARRATOR (All scenes)

  • OFFICER DICK (1)

  • PAT ROBERTSON (3)

  • GHOST OF CAUCUS PAST / ABRAHAM LINCOLN (4)

  • GHOST OF CAUCUS PRESENT / QANON SHAMAN (5)

  • GHOST OF CAUCUS FUTURE / HANDMAID (6)

 

ACTOR 2

  • FATHER (1)

  • FORTY-FIVE/TRUMP (4, 5, 6, 7)

 

ACTOR 3 

  • MOTHER (1)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PAST or IOWAN (4)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PRESENT (5)

  • ENSEMBLE (6, 7)

 

ACTOR 4

  • SON (1)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PAST or IOWAN (4)

  • TINY D CRATCHIT (5, 7)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PRESENT (5)

  • ENSEMBLE (6)

 

ACTOR 5

  • DAUGHTER (1)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PAST or IOWAN (4)

  • GRETA CRATCHIT (5, 7)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PRESENT (5)

  • ENSEMBLE (6)

 

ACTOR 6

  • CAROLER 1 (1, 2)

  • JERRY FALWELL (3)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PAST or IOWAN (4)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PRESENT (5)

  • ENSEMBLE (6, 7)

 

ACTOR 7

  • CAROLER 2 (1, 2)

  • JIMMY SWAGGART (3)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PAST or IOWAN (4)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PRESENT (5)

  • ENSEMBLE (6, 7)

 

ACTOR 8

  • DEMOCRAT 1 (1)

  • FREDEUREKA (2, 7)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PAST or IOWAN (4)

  • SUE/STU CRATCHIT (5)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PRESENT (5)

  • ENSEMBLE (6)

 

ACTOR 9

  • DEMOCRAT 2 (1)

  • BARB CRATCHIT (2, 5, 7)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PAST or IOWAN (4)

  • GOP LEADER OF THE PRESENT (5)

  • ENSEMBLE (6)

 

ACTOR 10

  • STOOGE (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsals for the ISTC production will begin in early November.  Rehearsals will generally be scheduled for weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons/evenings.  There will be no rehearsals on December 23, 24, 25 & 26, but actors should be available for all other dates throughout December and during the holiday season.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Invited Dress Rehearsal - December 28, evening

Performance 1 (Opening) - December 29, evening

Performance 2 - December 30, matinee

Performance 3 - December 30, evening

Performance 4 - December 31, matinee

Performance 5 - January 3, evening

Performance 6 - January 4, evening

Performance 7 - January 5, evening

Performance 8 - January 6, matinee

Performance 9 - January 6, evening

Performance 10 - January 7, matinee

Performance 11 - January 10, evening

Performance 12 - January 11, evening

Performance 13 - January 12, evening

Performance 14 - January 13, matinee

Performance 15 - January 13, evening

Performance 16 (Closing) - January 14, matinee

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