Say Gay Cast Page
The tentative title is “Say Gay: Telling Our Stories with Music from LGBTQ+ Artists, Allies, and Icons” and it’s a series of (mostly) monologues touching on everything from coming out to bullying to AIDS to violence to trans issues and more. Each monologue is accompanied by a song, most of which will be solos plus a couple of full group choral numbers and sing-alongs.
A portion of the proceeds from the show will go to the First City Pride Center (more on that in the Budget and Donations section below).
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
|Mon 6/13 through Fri 6/17||See Detail||
1-2 hours; solo and monologue rehearsals scheduled with Rick in person or via Zoom as schedule allows
|Wed 6/15||7pm||Group number music rehearsal focusing on True Colors and You Will Be Found||All|
|Sun 6/19||5-9pm||Blocking of group numbers, full run through on book, choral rehearsal||All|
|Mon 6/20||7-10pm||Scenes and songs; choral rehearsal||All||Trey until 8:30pm|
|Tue 6/21||7-10pm||Full on book run through||All|
|Wed 6/22||7-10pm||Full off book run through, tech||All|
|Fri 6/24||5-10pm||Call time 5:30pm; sound check 6:30pm; doors 7pm; show 7:30pm||All|
|Sun 6/26||5-10pm||Call time 5:30pm; sound check 6:30pm; doors 7pm; show 7:30pm||All|
REVISED FULL SCRIPT
The script is available for download here. It may change as we start to work through the monologues and look at flow, length, and other factors. Please DO NOT SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE without my permission.
YOU WILL BE FOUND REHEARSAL RECORDINGS
OVERVIEW AND MUSIC
The scenes are written gender neutral unless otherwise indicated. Each song features a link to YouTube to watch/listen to the original (where available) and an MP3 of the karaoke version with a guide vocal (where available) or sheet music.
Act 1 Scene 1: Kai (Magnolia Minxxx and Ensemble)
A lighthearted scene about a person trying to come up with the right way to come out to their parents, which leads into “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross supported by the entire ensemble.
Act 1 Scene 2: Agatha (Treyla Trash)
A lighthearted scene that becomes more serious toward the end about life as a drag queen, which leads into “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles.
Act 1 Scene 3: Hayden (Justin P. Kent)
A scene about an older gay man (can be played by any age) trying to navigate gay life, which leads into “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by Elton John.
Act 1 Scene 4: Jessie (Hannah Dodson)
A serious scene about a person who has had a relationship that involved domestic abuse, which leads into “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore.
Act 1 Scene 5: Harper (Travis Coles)
A serious scene about an unhoused LGBTQ person and how they got there, which leads into “No Matter What” by Calum Scott.
Act 1 Scene 6: Parker (Cami Nicole Hall)
A tongue-in-cheek scene about a person “graduating” from a gay conversion therapy camp, which leads into the piano version of “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.
Act 1 Scene 7: Max (Gwen Leahy)
A lighthearted scene about a southern man or woman who had an experience involving a trans student and a bathroom, which leads into “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.
Act 1 Scene 8: Lee (Taylor Mercier)
A serious scene about a person who was the victim of a gay bashing incident, which leads into “Rise Up” by Andra Day.
Act 1 Scene 9: True Colors (Travis Cheek and Ensemble)
A series of infographics about AIDS will lead into a choral rendition of “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.
Act 2 Scene 1: Bailey (Travis Cheek and Ensemble)
A person with body issues talks about body shaming and life in the gay community, which leads into “Good as Hell” by Lizzo supported by the entire ensemble.
Act 2 Scene 2: Mason (Trey Norris)
A romantic scene about a person reciting their wedding vows to their partner, which leads into “Do You Wanna Dance” by Bette Midler.
Act 1 Scene 3: Riley (Hannah Dodson)
A scene about a teacher at a school board meeting talking about Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, which leads into “Roar” by Katy Perry.
Act 2 Scene 4: Ellis (Gwen Leahy)
A metered, spoken word piece about gender identity and pronouns, which leads into “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl.
Act 2 Scene 5: Aubrey (Cami Nicole Hall)
A dramatic scene about a person who finds out they didn’t get a job because they were gay, which leads into “I’m the Only One” by Melissa Etheridge.
Act 2 Scene 6: Drew (Magnolia Minxxx)
A comedic scene (with serious undertones) about a person in a nightclub insisting that there is no such thing as monogamy, which leads into “If That’s Your Boyfriend” by Meshell Ndegeocello.
Act 2 Scene 7: Lane (Rick Garman with Travis Coles)
A serious scene about a person remembering friends they have lost, which leads into “For Forever” from Dear Evan Hansen.
Act 2 Scene 8: Avery (Justin P. Kent with Hannah Dodson and Gwen Leahy)
A funny scene about a preacher who might be protesting against the evils of homosexuality just a little too much, which leads into “Love Shack” by The B-52s. Note that this will be a trio.
Act 2 Scene 9: Noah (Taylor Mercier)
A scene about a person who has been bullied, which leads into “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman.
Act 2 Scene 10: You Will Be Found/We Are Family (Ensemble)
An ensemble scene about the importance of community, which leads into a choral version of “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen and a sing-along of “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge.
The script features a series of “We Are” statements that ties into a marketing campaign I’m planning on pitching to the Center. It will feature real people holding up signs that state things like “We are doctors” or “We are mothers” or “We are your neighbors.” As the LGBTQIA+ community becomes increasingly demonized, this campaign attempts to make connections on personal and deeply human levels to those who may not have been thinking about us in the proper light. I’ll have more info on this soon.
BUDGET & DONATIONS
The budget is TBD but will be in the same neighborhood as our last few shows – about $2,000 give or take, most of which will go to advertising and promotion.
Just like past shows, the profits from the door (minus taxes and fees for the club) will be split between performers, however this time it will work a little differently.
- I will be taking a full 100% reimbursement for my expenses (in the past I have only take a portion and then written the rest off as a business expense).
- I will then be donating that entire amount to the First City Pride Center
- The remaining will get split between the performers and each of you will get decide how much or how little of your share of the profits will be donated and whether you want to donate them yourself or add it to the total donated by the Bay Street Cabaret.
- Any of your profits that you contribute to the BSC donation will get matched by me dollar for dollar.
- So, for instance, if the show grosses $3,500 and we spend $1,800, I will take an $1,800 reimbursement and donate that to the Center. The remaining $1,700 will get split between the performers equally. Let’s there are 10 performers so that’s $170 per person. If you decide to contribute $50 of that to the BSC donation, it will become $100 with my match.
If you want to keep all your profits and/or make your own donation separately, that is totally fine as well. I am the only person who will ever know how much you did or didn’t give and I don’t judge. Well, I do, but not about stuff like this because I understand that not everyone has the means to redirect pay toward anything other than getting through their daily life.