Mom Cole’s. A Stage Read Through

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10/16/2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
First Christian Church
Address: 1201-1671 E Glendale Blvd, Valparaiso, IN 46383, USA

“Mom Cole’s” is a full length comedy about a truck stop based on the true Mom Cole’s in Valparaiso, Indiana. Set in the late 60’s, this is an original play by Colleen M. Zana and is full of physical and verbal comedy. Come and help us put a shine on this production to be produced in June 2018.

Character Descriptions
Speaking Roles:
Mom Cole: Matriarch of the family. A self made business woman, owner of Mom Cole’s and a proud hard working mother of 11 children and many grandchildren.
Gail: Young woman off the street in need of a job. Has a slightly dark and sad secret.
Elaine: Daughter of Mom Cole One of the “aines” Works as head waitress and one of the few Mom trusts to get things done the way she likes it done. Mother to Jimmy, Ronda.
Florence: Daughter-in-law of Mom Cole, Married to Duane (The oldest of the “aines” Mother to Doug, Keith, Bret and Colleen
Colleen: Young looks like 6 to 9, precocious, smart and knows it, likes being a girl. She wears her hair in pig tails and banana curls. She wears pretty frilly dresses and lace bobby socks with black paten leather shoes. Likes her sweets and loves money. Granddaughter of Mom Cole, Daughter of Florence.
Ronda: A daughter of Elaine, about 15
Missy: A daughter of Loraine, about 16.
Jeanne: A daughter of Loraine, about 19.
Loretta: A female country singer off a broken down tour bus who has come in from a snow storm with her touring group.
Bowling lady: A frumpish gal not too pretty, missing a front tooth, in a Mom Cole’s bowling shirt at the counter
Flip (Laine): Son of Mom Cole (one of the “aines” a very big man. Works cooking in the kitchen with Mom.
Earl: Gail’s abusive husband.
Peter: Gail’s new boyfriend.
Lyal Cole: Patriarch of the family. Gruff, hard worker, loves playing poker with his friends and the local law enforcement upstairs in “The Billy Club”.
Bret: A son of Duane, little (in size) boy, looks about 5-6 tough and likes to watch and play poker.
Bank Man: Smug, tax collector, who has a bad stutter when nervous, and who tries to intimidate Mom Cole for back taxes.
Orville: A manure manufacturer, a regular at Mom’s and who is trying to develop a hybrid gourmet popcorn.
Conway: A male country singer off a broken down tour bus who has come in from a snow storm with the touring group.
Kelly and Randy: Local off duty Cops who play poker with
Lyal as long as they are winning.
Allen’s Bakery Delivery Guy: Delivers sweets to the front counter.
Man at “aine’s” booth: a regular
Ol’ Uncle Len: (Voice recording only) local DJ from the country radio station in town, to sound live on the air.
Non Speaking Roles:
Wait and bussing staff:
Annette A daughter of Loraine about 15.
Doug A son of Duane, about 18.
Keith A son of Duane, about 16.
Jimmy A son of Elaine, about 18.
Produce Delivery Guy Delivers a hand cart. Can be double cast as Bus driver.
Diners Locals, Truckers.
Bus driver and 3 Country touring group people from the bus.
**** Parts can be creatively doubled/tripled.
June 15, 16, 17 & 22, 23, 24 & 29, 30 and 1st. 2018
Auditions April 9th and 10th. 2018
Performed at First Christian Church (Valpo)

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