Honky Tonk Angels
Holiday Spectacular
by Ted Swindley
directed by Kim Mason


Sunday, September 9, @ 4:30 p.m.
Monday, September 10, @ 6:30 p.m.

Red Door Theatre
101 N. Prairie Street
Union Springs, AL 36089
(334) 738-8687

WHO: Kim Mason, Director

WHAT: Open auditions for the Red Door Theatre's 2018 holiday production, THE HONKY TONK ANGELS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. Auditions will include vocals and cold readings from the script.  Please come prepared with a song from the TRADITIONAL country genre with sheet music (preferred) for the accompanist or recorded music--CD, bluetooth from your phone, etc. No acapella. (Songs in the play are listed at the end of this announcement, and you are encouraged to use one of them.)

WHEN: Auditions will be held SUNDAY, September 9, 2018 @ 4:30 p.m., and MONDAY, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.

THE STORY: Three ladies, Angela, Sue Ellen and Darlene met on a greyhound bus a year earlier and had formed the singing group, The Honky Tonk Angels and performed together in Nashville.  The Angles were invited back to do a Holiday reunion show at the "Hillbilly Heaven Club," but Angela mysteriously cannot attend. Sue Ellen invites one of her employees, Charilee (Charity Leona) Chess to fill in for Angela. Angela does eventually return, very pregnant, and the four put on a fantastic show. Featuring many famous holiday tunes from every genre: Elvis to Motown, Country to Pop, and everything in between - this show is a musical feast with heart and lots of laughs!

ROLES TO BE CAST (4 female): 
  • Sue Ellen Smith Barney Fife - a citified country girl in her late 30's.  She is sexy, confident, and currently running her own nail salon and "beauty business" in Los Angeles. 
  • Charilee Chess - a larger-than-life African-American woman in her forties, originally from Detroit.  She works with Sue Ellen in her nail salon. She is fun and very earthy, with a big gospel voice.  She is also somewhat psychic. She is the widow of "Tubby Chess," a legendary soul singer.
  • Darlene Purvis - A young country singer in her late 20's, she is currently trying to "make it" in Nashville.  She is pretty and naive. She is originally from the hills of Appalachia, but grew up in the Mississippi Delta. 
  • Angela Bodine - A Texas housewife in her 30's. She is full of fun. She is VERY pregnant with twins - due any time.

Characters' ages may be adjusted to fit the actors as long as it does not affect the integrity of the script.

  • stand up bass
  • steel guitar
  • other country band musicians


  • Light designer/operator
  • Sound designer
  • Back stage manager
  • Props

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: TBA. The schedule will be adjusted to accommodate personal needs when at all possible.

Sunday, November 25 - Wednesday, November 28; no exceptions; details and times will be discussed during rehearsal process.
NOTE - Thanksgiving is the Thursday (11/22/18) before tech begins on Sunday, 11/25.

PRODUCTION DATES (5 performances): 
  • November 29 & 30 and December 1 & 2 (NOTE: there will be matinee and evening performances on December 1).
  • Performances Th/29th, Fr/30th, and Sat/1st begin at 7:30.
  • Performance Sat/1st and Su/2nd at 2:30 P.M.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact Kim Mason at 334-202-2053 or ktlmason@gmail OR the Tourism Council office
at 334-738-8687.


TITLE                                                                     ORIGINAL ARTIST     

  • Overture-Rock Candy Mountain                       Harry McClintock                               
  • Angels We Have Heard On High                      Carpenters                                       
  • It Wasn’t God Who Made                                Kitty Wells                                      
           Honky Tonk Angels
  • Rockin’ ‘Round The                                         Brenda Lee                                      
           Christmas Tree
  • Country Christmas                                          Loretta Lynn                                         
  • Christmas Times’s A Comin’                            Bill Monroe                                          
  • The Mississippi Squirrel                                   Ray Stevens                                        
  • White Christmas                                             Ronnettes                                             
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus                  Ronnettes                                             
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town                        Jackson 5                                              
  • Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag                           James Brown                                        
  • Peppermint Twist                                            Joey Dee                                               
  • Greatest Little Christmas Ever Was                  Ray Stevens                                         
  • Santa Bring My Baby Back Home                    Barbara Mandrell                                
  • My Favorite Things                                          Lorrie Morgan                                     
  • Coat of Many Colors                                       Dolly Parton                                         
  • Pretty Paper                                                  Willie Nelson                                       
  • Christmas Carol                                             Oak Ridge Boys                                  
  • Redneck 12 Days Of Christmas                       Jeff Foxworthy                                     
  • Kay Thompson’s Jingle Bells                           Michael W. Smith                              

  • Jingle Bell Rock                                              Brenda Lee                                           
  • Christmas in the City of Angels                        Johnny Mathis                                    
  • Christmastime in the Valley                             Freddy Fender                                     
  • Feliz Navidad                                                  Jose Feliciano                                      
  • Little Saint Nick                                              The Beach Boys                                  
  • Little Old Lady From Pasadena                        Jan and Dean                                     
  • Grandma Got Run Over By a                           Joe Diffie                                              
  • Mama’s Applesauce Cake                               John Wolmsley                                   
  • Hunka Burnin’ Love                                         Elvis Presley                                        
  • Blue Christmas                                               Elvis Presley                                   
  • Santa Claus is Back in Town                           Elvis Presley                                   
  • The Jet Set                                                    John Prine                                            
  • Silent Night                                                    Carpenters                                            
  • Merry Christmas Darlin’                                   Carpenters                                            
  • What A Wonderful World                                 Willie Nelson                                       
  • From A Distance                                             Bette Midler                                         
  • I Believe                                                         Leann Rimes                                        
  • Unclouded Day                                               Willie Nelson                               
  • Joy to the World                                             Three Dog Night                                 
  • Auld Ang Syne                                               Guy Lombardo