A New Direction in Theatre
The Great Big Door Step
Directed by Tom Bubrig
March 10 and 11 at 6:30 PM
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ALL ROLES AVAILABLE:
Evvie Crochet – Female (Appears 15) – A pretty young girl innocent of the facts of life and destined (according to her mother) for the convent. Evvie’s goal is to have a lover, in the limited way she understands the concept, to renounce before she enters the convent.
Commodore – Male (Early 50’s) – The patriarch. He wears a denim jumper, splattered with patches of various shapes and hues. His plump stomach and well-fed look are in direct contrast to the rest of the family. With his pie-in-the-sky outlook, he is full of wild bravado as he fluctuates between scheming, laboring, and malingering.
Mrs. Crochet – Female (Mid-Late 30’s) – The annoyed-but-loving Commodore’s wife, she reigns as the queen of retort - toughened by years of making do and doing without. She is the mother of six children. She is wiry and quick in her movements, with a curious mixture of practicality and poetry in her character. She is warm and vital… the real strength around which the whole family revolves.
Topal Crochet – Female (Appears 17) – She has an air of discontent and a lack of self-confidence. She’s restless, sour, and moody, after recently being dumped by her fiancé.
Elna Crochet – Female (Appears 10) – Twin (not necessarily identical) of Fleece. Elna is never far from her mother talking and helping with household chores as much as she can. While dressed in faded overalls and sneakers, the Crochet family prides themselves on being scrubbed and clean.
Fleece Crochet – Female (Appears 10) – Twin (not necessarily identical) of Elna. Fleece is never far from her mother talking and helping with household chores as much as she can. While dressed in faded overalls and sneakers, the Crochet family prides themselves on being scrubbed and clean.
Arthur Crochet – Male (Appears 16) - Attempts to strike out on his own while dodging the coddling of his mother and the fury of his father. At time dejected almost to the point of tears and at other times anxious about his reception, especially from his father.
Mr. Tobin – Male (Early 30’s) – He is a lank, unprepossessing Texan. He is shy and mild in his speech and dresses plainly, but neatly.
Mrs. Dupre’ – Female – She is a small, energetic woman with sharp eyes that see everything. She wears a hat, skirt, and always carries an umbrella.
Tayo Delacroix – Male – He is a sturdily-built Cajun, young, good looking, and insolent, a walking advertisement for his barber shop. He carries a small black bag.
Dewey Crochet – Male (Late 40’s) – The younger brother of the Commodore. Always well-dressed and in a pilot’s cap. He’s a riverboat pilot and quite well-off compared to the Commodore’s family.
Mrs. Beaumont Crochet – Female – She is a florist from New Orleans. Dressed in city clothes, but rumpled, hot, and sunburned and out of patience.
A Depression-era comic masterpiece, The Great Big Doorstep centers on the Crochets, a Cajun family who live in a ramshackle house between the levee and the Mississippi River. The Crochets dream of one day owning a stately plantation befitting the magnificent cypress doorstep they have salvaged from the river and proudly display outside their humble home. Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (writers of It's a Wonderful Life and Parenthood), and based on a book by Louisiana writer E. P. O'Donnell.
The memorable characters in this novel have their own concerns: the patriarch, Commodo, is full of wild bravado as he fluctuates between scheming, laboring, and malingering; his wife reigns as the queen of retort, though toughened by years of making do and doing without.