Characters:

Walter/Lola (20s - 30’s): 
Stuck in a mining town, Walter makes the best of his opportunities.  Works with Tom and Daisy at their once-thriving grocery store. He is looking to make an opportunity for others and himself. Walter has decided to show his true self to David, but can he find the courage to show others? Wears wig during portions of the show. 
 
David Watts (20 - 40): 
The son of the local union leader of the mines,  David felt as if he was destined to work in this small town forever. David’s small dreams take him to big places with the help of Lola. He has the talent but lacks confidence. Can he find what it takes to leave the town?

Tom (30 - 50’s): 
Co-owner of a grocery store with his wife Daisy. Tom worked at the town grocery store as a kid and then bought it himself.  As the fortunes of the town change, he tries to find a new start.

Daisy (30 - 50’s): 
Wife of Tom and co-owner of the grocery store.  Tom fell in love with Daisy when they were young. She is understanding, thoughtful and full of optimism.

Mr. Peters (40 - 50’s):
Union Boss of the mineworkers.  Rugged appearance and commanding nature.  His son, David, didn’t quite fit in at the mines and Mr. Peters has grown resentful at his abandonment and pursuit of other interests.  As the mining company fails, he finds the changes difficult to manage.

Mrs. Peters (40 - 50’s):
Wife of Mr. Peters and life-long resident of the mining town. A first-lady type air about her, she was once the belle of the ball. As the future of the town changes, her outlook and opinions radically change.

Mrs. Finch (40- 50’s)  
A lifelong friend of Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Jay.  Her family struggles, but she maintains a level of decency.  She is a bit younger than Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Jay. 

Synopsis

A small town is trying to regain its character.  The town has been a long time mining area with high-wage union workers and a stable population.  The mine is now closing and laying off workers. In its place, a new factory is opening which employs lower-wage employees and migrants.  The town is transitioning from older, long time residents to a younger, multi-cultural population.

Lola is told through the many working-class lyrics and compositions of The Kinks. The story is inspired by real-life events and the hit song - Lola.  The music spans from the mid- 60s through the mid-80s, including many recognizable songs from those years.

Staging/Props and Setup

  • All non-singing dialogue can be read in performance.
  • Songs must be memorized.
  • There is minimal staging, props, and costuming.

Mrs. Jay (40 - 50’s)  
A lifelong friend of Mrs. Finch and Mrs. Peters. Dedicated to her husband and family, she worries about how to keep them all together.    

Fareed (30 - 50’s)
Middle Eastern migrant who arrives in town.  This is a new start for him and his soon to arrive family. Fareed has escaped Syria, traveled through Europe and is starting work in the town.   

Mr. Finch (40 - 50’s)  
Lifelong, blue-collar union member and loyal to Mr. Peters.  Mr. Finch has watched his town go from a base of upper-middle class friends and neighbors to lower wage, manufacturing strangers.  His job is at stake and he is bitter.  

Mr. Jay (40 - 50’s)  
Lifelong union member and loyal to Mr. Peters. Mr. Jay met his high-school sweetheart and married her.  The Jays felt like big people in a small town and Mr. Jay was among the biggest. He is blue-collar, proud, and is in disbelief at what has happened to his town.

Fareed’s Wife
After coming from a long distance to start a new life, she feels relieved to be in a place of peace and quiet.  

Ensemble
Priest
People of town
Fareed’s family
Factory workers 

Please prepare up to one minute of a song from this list:
LOLA Audition Playlist


  • Lola - Tom/David/Daisy
  • David Watts - David/Lola
  • You Really Got Me - David
  • A Well Respected Man - Mr. Jay/Mr. Finch
  • All Day and All of the Night - David/Mr. Peters
  • Come Dancing - Mrs Finch/Mrs. Jay/Mrs. Peters
  • A Long Way from Home - Daisy/Tom
  • Little Bit of Emotion - Lola/Fareed/Daisy


You will be asked to read from a scene provided to you in your registration email response.

Lola is a new, staged musical performed in cabaret-style with dialog and song. It features music from The Kinks. 


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​All performances, auditions, and rehearsals take place at
The Theater at Drew United Methodist Church 28 Gleneida Ave., Carmel, NY 10512
unless otherwise noted.