WAITING FOR GUFFMAN

Original stage adaptation of the Christopher Guest/Eugene Levy mockumentary film "WAITING FOR GUFFMAN". Blaine, Missouri is celebrating its 150th anniversary and putting on a musical based on the history of the town. It is an original piece written by its director Corky St. Clair. This show within a show tells of the founding of the town in which the settlers are convinced by their guide that they have reached California when, in fact, they have only reached Missouri. Subsequently, after a visit from the President who is given a stool made by a local boy, Blaine becomes the "Stool Capital of the World". Soon Blaine is visited by an alien from Mars. RED, WHITE AND BLAINE ends with a schmaltzy patriotic number. The cast believe that the show is destined for Broadway, and Corky uses some of his contacts in New York to invite a producer named Mort Guffman to review the play. The cast consists of a Dairy Queen employee, Libbie Mae Brown, a socially inept dentist, Dr. Allen Pearl, a pair of travel agents who have never traveled, Ron and Sheila Albertson, a retired taxidermist, Clifford Wooley, and Johnny Savage, a car mechanic. The show is well received by locals, and when Corky brings the man the cast believes to be Mort Guffman backstage to talk with the cast, they discover that he is a business man in town for the birth of his niece. All their dreams of glory smashed, the performers scatter to the wind. Libbie Mae Brown goes back to work at a Dairy Queen in Alabama. The Albertsons pursue their dream of becoming movie stars by working in Hollywood as extras. Dr. Pearl moves to Florida where he entertains retired Jews in nursing homes. Corky returns to New York where he runs a boutique selling movie memorabilia such as Brat Pack bobbleheads, Dinner with Andre action figures, and Remains Of The Day lunch boxes.

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WAITING FOR GUFFMAN full cast




Corky St. Clair

About the Costume
To match his personality, Corky dresses in bright colors and metallic fabrics. He is wearing a red shirt with bright colored patterns, a shiny metallic vest, and jeans.

About the Character
Flamboyant character. Moved to Blaine from New York City where he had been involved with Off Off Off Broadway productions. Came to town to be something manly like a high wireman stringing electrical cable. He accepted a job as the drama coach at the local high school. Corky also started the local community theater and wrote the Musical for the town's 150th Anniversary...RED, WHITE, AND BLAINE.

Pricing
Such outfits range in price from $25 - $50.

Options
There would be many different ways of dressing this character and he could/might have several changes of costume.





Ron Albertson

About the Costume
Ron is seen here wearing a collared shirt, light colored slacks, and a textured pattern sweater. He feels he is the fashion plate for the men of Blaine.

About the Character
Ron and his wife own Blaine's only travel agency and has never traveled anywhere. Thinks of himself as the greatest entertainer in town.

Pricing
Outfits of this type range in price from $35 - $55.

Options
Ron might have several changes of costume for the show, but all would be fully coordinated outfits with matching colors and contrasts.





Sheila Albertson

About the Costume
Sheila likes bright colors so her clothing mirrors that. Seen here, she is wearing a bright pink pullover blouse and a flamboyantly patterned jacket with jeans.

About the Character
Works with husband, Ron, as a travel agent. Takes all her cues in life from husband, Ron. Not a completely happy woman.

Pricing
Outfits of this type range in price from $35 - $50

Options
Sheila might have several changes of costume...each becoming more outlandish than the one before.





Libby Mae Brown

About the Costume
Libby Mae is dressed for work at the local Dairy Queen. She is wearing a striped shirt, jeans, DQ apron and hat.

About the Character
Libby Mae Brown is a young woman without much ambition. She works at the local Dairy Queen and does not see much past that. She lands the role of the young female lead in RED, WHITE, AND BLAINE upon which she quits her job at the DQ believing that she will now be a star actress.

Pricing
Shirt and pants of this type rent for $20 - $30.

Options
Libby Mae is no slave to fashion. She might have changes of costume, but these would all be fairly similar.





Clifford Wooley

About the Costume
Clifford is wearing his costume from the musical, RED, WHITE, AND BLAINE. He has a striped shirt, trousers, vest, and a straw fedora.

About the Character
Clifford is a retired taxidermist who is also the town's amateur historian and storyteller. Corky convinces him to act as the narrator for RED, WHITE, AND BLAINE.

Pricing
Costumes of this type rent for $30 - $50. Straw fedora rents for $10 - $15.

Options
Clifford would also have an outfit for Act I when Corky enlists him to be the narrator for RED, WHITE, AND BLAINE.





Johnny Savage

About the Costume
Johnny is wearing an industrial coverall suit as he works as a car mechanic.

About the Character
Johnny is a very handsome young man who does not have two brain cells to rub together. Corky puts him in the role of the young hero in RED WHITE AND BLAINE. Bullied by his father, he eventually is made to leave the show.

Pricing
These type of coveralls rent in the range of $20 - $35.

Options
Johnny would additionally require a costume for the "rehearsal" scenes.





Dr. Alan Pearl

About the Costume
Dr. Pearl, a dentist, is seen wearing his dental smock. Under it are a drab colored shirt and trousers.

About the Character
Dr. Pearl is a socially awkward man. He believes himself to be the "life of the party" with his jokes and patter. He joins the cast of RED, WHITE AND BLAINE to hone his entertainment style.

Pricing
Smocks and lab coats rent from $10 - $20. Shirts rent for $10 - $15. Trousers rent for $10 - $15.

Options
Dr. Pearl should have an outfit for the "rehearsal" scenes.





Gwen Fabin-Blunt

About the Costume
Gwen dresses like the business woman she believes herself to be. She is here wearing a bright colored business suit with jacket, skirt, and blouse.

About the Character
Gwen is the descendant of the guide who brought the original settlers to the area...convincing them that it was California and that the only reason they could not see the ocean was that it was low tide. She is proud of being a member of the founding families of Blaine.

Pricing
Costumes of this type rent in the $40 - $50 range.

Options
Gwen would probably have at least one change of costume.





Mrs. Pearl

About the Costume
Looks like she would be the town librarian. Clothes are very utilitarian...no real sense of style. In this picture, she is wearing ill fitting blouse, pants, and sweater.

About the Character
Straight laced wife of Dr. Alan Pearl. Very shy around other people.

Pricing
Costumes of this sort rent in the range of $30 - $50.

Options
Mrs. Pearl would have different costume for Act II.





Mort Guffman

About the Costume
This character is wearing a 3 piece business suit with shirt and tie.

About the Character
The cast and crew believe that this is Mort Guffman, a Broadway producer who has come to review their show and pronounce it ready for Broadway. As it turns out, he is a businessman named Roy Loomis in town for the birth of his niece which demoralizes the entire cast.

Pricing
Men's 3 piece suits range in price from $60 - $100 including jacket, pants, vest, shirt, tie.

Options
Options coming soon!





Mayor and City Council

About the Costume
These characters would be dressed for a town meeting.

About the Character
The Mayor and City Council members are hard at work trying to make the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Blaine a big success. They take the celebration far more seriously than is necessary. For instance, they spend most of a council meeting discussing where the Porto-Potties will be set up.

Pricing
various pricing depending on particular costumes/pieces used.

Options
Options coming soon!





Citizens of Blaine

About the Costume
Various outfits for men and women.

About the Character
These are the people who live and work in Blaine, Missouri.

Pricing
Prices depend upon particular costumes/pieces used.

Options
Options coming soon!





Volunteer Firemen

About the Costume
Authentic fireman coats and helmets.

About the Character
These are shown as a picture while Corky explains how he turned the movie BACKDRAFT into a "realistic" musical in which he burned down the theater.

Pricing
Fireman coats rent for $25. Helmets rent for $25.

Options
Options coming soon!





Covered Wagons

About the Costume
Prairie dresses (or skirt and blouse) with bonnets, aprons, and bloomers for the women. Men are in collarless shirts, heavy pants, vests, and hats. The guide is dressed in buckskin top, pants and a coonskin cap.

About the Character
These are the settlers who founded the town of Blaine when they were lead to Missouri instead of California. The song "COVERED WAGONS" tells their story.

Pricing
Buckskin outfits range from $35 - $75. Prairie dresses and skirt/blouse combinations rent for $25 - $40. Individual pieces like bonnets, aprons, bloomers rent for $5 - $15 each. Men's shirts rent for $10 - $15. Vests rent for $10 - $25. Pants rent for $10 - $20.

Options
Options coming soon!





A Penny For Your Thoughts

About the Costume
Corky is dressed as a WWI doughboy. Libby Mae Brown is wearing a period dropwaist dress.

About the Character
This song from RED, WHITE, AND BLAINE tells of the love between a young soldier going off to war and his lady love.

Pricing
Uniforms rent in the range of $55 - $100. Hats or Helmets rent for $10 - $20. period dresses rent for $35 - $45.

Options
Options coming soon!





Stool Boom

About the Costume
Simple outfits with work aprons.

About the Character
The song "STOOL BOOM" tells how Blaine became the Stool Capital of the World after politicians and royalty discover that the citizens make wonderful foot stools.

Pricing
Work aprons rent for $10 each.

Options
Options coming soon!





Nothing Ever Happens in Blaine

About the Costume
Various outfits for citizens of Blaine.

About the Character
This song tells of how boring the citizens of Blaine find their town since the "stool boom" ended.

Pricing
Prices vary depending on particular costumes.

Options
Options coming soon!





Nothing Ever Happens on Mars

About the Costume
Various costumes for characters. Space Alien costume with oversize head.

About the Character
Some of the citizens of Blaine see the arrival of a spacecraft and are invited aboard for a "potluck" dinner with the Alien who sings "NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON MARS".

Pricing
Alien costume rents for $50.

Options
Options coming soon!





Ron and Sheila Albertson

About the Costume
Dressed here in western gear.

About the Character
After the disastrous premiere of RED, WHITE, AND BLAINE, the Albertsons headed to Hollywood to pursue careers in the movie business where they ended up as extras.

Pricing
Western shirts rent for $10. Vests rent for $10 - $25. Hats rent for $10. Gunbelts rent for $10. Western boots rent for $10 pair.

Options
Options coming soon!





Dr. Alan Pearl

About the Costume
Hawaiian shirt and shorts.

About the Character
Bolstered by his performance in RED, WHITE, AND BLAINE, Dr. Pearl gives up his dental practice and moves to Florida to entertain retired folks in nursing homes.

Pricing
Hawaiian shirts rent for $10 - $15.

Options
Options coming soon!





Corky St Clair

About the Costume
Corky is dressed in a "Music Man" bandleader uniform to fit with the theme of his new business in New York City...a boutique selling odd movie memorabilia.

About the Character
Corky has returned to NYC to seek his fame and fortune selling movie memories.

Pricing
Band uniforms rent for $50 including jacket, pants, hat.

Options
Options coming soon!