PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
Book, Lyrics, and Music by
John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann
This visionary tribute to life on the roadside received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical when it opened on Broadway in 1982 following a triumphant off-Broadway run. Set on rural Highway 57 in North Carolina, the story follows four hard-working fellas at a rest stop gas station and the waitresses with whom they have a special kinship. This rollicking musical, in which the actors double as the band (think The Buddy Holly Story), is an hilarious and ultimately uplifting celebration of the value of friendship and life’s simple pleasures. A rave in The New York Times opined, “[Pump Boys… is] both musically and theatrically a triumph of ensemble playing…totally terrific, it is so much fun.”
Thalian Hall Box Office
310 Chestnut St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 25 and 26 at 7PM at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. Please be prepared to sing a song in the contry/rock genre acapella.
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
The characters work at a rural gas station/diner and have all been friends for years. They are steeped
in the Southern tradition. All must be strong country/pop singers and the men must be accomplished
Jim: 25-45, story-teller, warm, congenial, easy going good ol’ boy; rhythm guitar.
Jackson: 20-40, lady’s man, a bit of a cad, referred to as “lover boy;” lead guitar.
Eddie: 25-40, strong, silent type, supposedly spent a week with a Hollywood actress but is back at the
pump; electric and stand up bass.
LM: 18-40, gas station accountant, shy, cautious of women; piano and accordian.
Prudie and Rhetta: 25-45, sisters and waitresses, both full of life and fun, good sense of rhythm;
auxiliary percussion (tambourines, spoons, pots and pans, etc).