2. Love Boat Chicas

CHICO’S ANGELS 2:

LOVE BOAT CHICAS

Written By  Kurt Koehler & Oscar Quintero

Directed by Kurt Koehler

When one of Charo’s back-up dancers is shot mid-performance, Charo realizes she was the intended target.  She hires Chico’s Angels to find the wannabe-assassin and save her ocean-going career.

Kay goes undercover as Charo, (Fortunately, she is the spitting image of the Spanish classical guitarist) with Chita in tow, as her choreographer/manager (Chita has seen A Chorus Line 32 times…at the East LA Quienceanera Palace/cafetorium).  Frieda joins the crew as the new Cruise director (cruising is one of her off-duty specialties.)  Finally, Bossman provides back up, undercover as Isaac, your bartender (Bar… enough said.)

The Angels discover almost everyone onboard has a motive for killing Charo.  They also discover themselves being entranced by the Love Boat’s charm as Kay risks blowing her cover to be with her dance partner, Dickardo, while Frieda finds herself inexplicably drawn to retiree passenger, Ruth Bliss, and Chita tries resist the hypnotic effect of the combination of Bossman, a full moon and a bottle of tequila.

The Victim:   Bunny – She’ll never upstage Charo again.

The Client:    Charo – The singing Spanish sensation determined to coochie out of harm’s way.

The SuspectsCaptain Stubie – The ship’s Captain with a hair-trigger temper.

Julie McJoy – The obsolete Cruise Director who’s obsessed with more than just shuffle board.

Dickhardo – A hunk who may be more than just a dance partner to Charo.

Bambi – Bunny’s twin and an ambitious dancer with an eye on the big dressing room.

Harry – A dancer with an eye on Dickardo.

Ruth Bliss – A retiree who finds stirrings awakened by Frieda’s presence.

Hugh Johnson – A passenger in room 216.

 

April-May 2004 Cast:

Kay Sedia:                   Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol:                 Danny Casillas

Frieda Laye:                Eddie Alvarado

Bossman:                    Alex Patino

Charo:                         Cher Ferreyra

Captain Stubie:           Scott Scarboro

Julie McJoy:               Nora Miller

Dickhardo:                  Efrain Garibay

Bambi:                         Nora Miller

Harry:                         Scott Scarbora

Ruth Bliss:                  Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson:            Efrain Garibay

Bunny:                        Nora Miller

FUN FACTS:

  • Ray became unavailable and Oscar loved Alex as Bossman,
    so Danny Casillas stepped into the role of Chita Parol.

 

March – May 2005 Cast:

Kay Sedia:                   Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol:                 Ray

Frieda Laye:                Danny Casillas

Bossman:                    Alex Patino

Charo:                         Cher Ferreyra

Captain Stubie:           Terry Ray

Julie McJoy:               Nora Miller

Dickhardo:                  Efrain Garibay

Bambi:                         Nora Miller

Harry:                         Terry Ray

Ruth Bliss:                  Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson:            Efrain Garibay

Bunny:                             Nora Miller

FUN FACTS:

  • Ray returned to the show and Danny Casillas stepped
    into the role of Frieda Laye, which he has played ever since.
     At this point, Danny has played every main character,
    except for Kay Sedia.  Oscar should keep an eye on Danny.

 

November 2006 Cast:

Kay Sedia:                   Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol:                 Ray

Frieda Laye:                Danny Casillas

Bossman:                    Alex Patino

Charo:                         Cher Ferreyra

Captain Stubie:           Terry Ray

Julie McJoy:               Nora Miller

Dickhardo:                  Efrain Garibay/Ethan Wilde

Bambi:                         Nora Miller

Harry:                         Terry Ray

Ruth Bliss:                  Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson:            Efrain Garibay/Ethan Wilde

Bunny:                        Nora Miller

 

June 2009 Cast:

Kay Sedia:                   Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol:                 Ray

Frieda Laye:                Danny Casillas

Bossman:                    Alex Patino

Charo:                         Cher Ferreyra

Captain Stubie:          Scott Scarboro

Julie McJoy:               Lolly Allen/Nora Miller

Dickhardo:                  Efrain Garibay /Luis Alberto

Bambi:                         Nora Miller

Harry:                         Scott Scarboro

Ruth Bliss:                  Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson:            Efrain Garibay/ Luis Alberto

Bunny:                        Lolly Allen/Nora Miller

FUN FACTS:

  • Later in the Fall we took this production to Las Vegas and performed for Charo’s sister. That’s right Charo’s sister!
  • In Las Vegas, the Angels shared the stage of the Onyx Theatre with two other shows- it was a very tight schedule.
  • After a family emergency took away our original standby, Lolly Allen stepped in and learned the role in three rehearsals, just in time for opening night!
  • In April 2009,  Kim Gruenenfelder  set a scene from her novel “Misery Loves Cabernet”  at a performance of Chico’s Angels! (Chapter 29)

July 2010 Cast:

Kay Sedia:                   Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol:                 Ray

Frieda Laye:                Danny Casillas

Bossman:                    Alex Patino

Charo:                         Cher Ferreyra

Captain Stubie:          Scott Scarboro

Julie McJoy:               Nora Miller

Dickhardo:                  Luis Alberto

Bambi:                         Nora Miller

Harry:                         Scott Scarboro

Ruth Bliss:                  Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson:           Luis Alberto

Bunny:                        Nora Miller

FUN FACTS:

  • For the first time, a REAL Charlie’s Angel came to the show
    with a visit from Tanya Roberts (Julie Rogers).
  • After inviting Kay and Frieda to her show, THE DISH on the Style Network,
    Host Danielle Fishel came to watch the latina detectives in action.

 

July – August 2011 Cast:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Kay Sedia: Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol: Ray / Jai Rodriguez

Frieda Laye: Danny Casillas

Bossman: Alex Patino

Charo: Cher Ferreyra

Captain Stubie: Terry Ray

Julie McJoy: Nora Miller

Dickhardo: Luis Alberto

Bambi: Nora Miller

Harry: Terry Ray

Ruth Bliss: Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson: Luis Alberto

Bunny: Nora Miller

FUN FACTS:

  • The real CHARO came to see the show! The Spanish guitar diva enjoyed the show and had some kind words for the cast at the curtain call.
  • Ray had to leave the show to do another and Chita was played by Jai Rodriguez of
    T.V.’s QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY and Broadway’s RENT.
  • Director Kurt Koehler stepped into the roles of Bossman and Dickhardo on seperate nights when Alex and Luis Alberto had to miss a show.
  • Chico’s Angel favorite, Scotty Scarborough, suffered an injury and was forced to sit out this production, so
    the Angels welcomed back Terry Ray to the role he played in 2006.
  • Henry Watkins (Chico’s Angels 4) played the voice of Chico one night.

 

San Diego August 2011 Cast:

Kay Sedia: Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol: Jai Rodriguez

Frieda Laye: Danny Casillas

Bossman: Alex Patino

Charo: Cher Ferreyra

Captain Stubie: Terry Ray

Julie McJoy: Nora Miller

Dickhardo: Luis Alberto

Bambi: Nora Miller

Harry: Terry Ray

Ruth Bliss: Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson: Luis Alberto

Bunny: Nora Miller

FUN FACTS:

  • The Angels returned to the Diversionary Theatre in San Diego.
  • LOVE BOAT CHICAS recieved the “Roar of the Crowd Award” on Goldstar.com
  • The entire cast enjoyed a visit to Sea World.

 

January 2012 Cast:

Kay Sedia: Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol: Ray

Frieda Laye: Danny Casillas

Bossman: Alex Patino

Charo: Cher Ferreyra/Kurt Koehler/Jennifer Dohn Watkins

Captain Stubie: Terry Ray

Julie McJoy: Nora Miller

Dickhardo: Luis Alberto

Bambi: Nora Miller

Harry: Terry Ray

Ruth Bliss: Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson: Luis Alberto

Bunny: Nora Miller

FUN FACTS:

  • 13 performances were squeezed in to two weeks.
  • After an unfortunate incident forced Cher Ferreyra to leave the show, Director Kurt Koehler stepped into the roles of 
    Charo and Ruth Bliss for a few nights until Jennifer Dohn Watkins learned the roles (in 2 days) and took over.
    It was a hard deadline for Jennifer because Kurt had to fill in for Dickhardo one night.
  • Jennifer Dohn Watkins is married to Chico’s Angels 4 actor, Henry Watkins.
  • On their one night off, the Angels hosted the 2012 CYBERSOCKET AWARDS.

 

July-August 2013 Cast:

Kay Sedia: Oscar Quintero

Chita Parol: Ray

Frieda Laye: Danny Casillas

Bossman: Alex Patino

Charo: Cher Ferreyra

Captain Stubie: Kurt Koehler

Julie McJoy: Natalie Lander

Dickhardo: Duke Shoman

Bambi: Natalie Lander

Harry: Kurt Koehler

Ruth Bliss: Cher Ferreyra

Hugh Johnson: Duke Shoman

Bunny: Natalie Lander

FUN FACTS:

  • Nora Miller sat out this run to be a mommy to her newborn, Bodhi Leith Francis.
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