ARPEGE LACROIX a.k.a ARNOLD CROSS: Of indeterminate age. Arpege is Trudy Tromaine’s maid, and was born Arnold Cross. Arpege considers himself “as feminine as is required” (this requirement to be revealed in the script). Because Arpege is basically a slob, he* doesn’t go to great lengths to convince others of his chosen gender. A wig, a smear of lipstick, a dress and high heel shoes is representative of his best effort along these lines. (* Given that Arpege’s gender choice is one of expediency born of circumstance, and the character is not an
organic transgendered individual, he will be referred to throughout the script by use of male pronouns. Toward the end of the play, he will revert to Arnold, his remaining lines of dialogue assigned to ARNOLD, rather than to ARPEGE.)
TRUDY TROMAINE: 57-65, rich as all-get- out (as they say in the South) and eccentric with a capital E. Trudy is president and founder of “The Glitter Girls,” a woman’s social club and, sometimes, charitable organization. Trudy understands that she has a town reputation for color and flamboyance and wears that reputation with pride.
PATTY WESLEY: early twenties, the youngest Glitter Girl, but quite comfortable in the company of her older G.G. sisters. Patty is a work-in- progress, smart and analytical, feisty but only occasionally confrontational. Patty is pursuing her Masters Degree in social work at a local university.
CHARLIE SEABURN: early twenties, son and “representative” of the absent Barbara Seaburn. Charlie is studying to become a lawyer like his mother. He defaults to bashfulness and is not nearly as assertive as he would like to be, the result, some would say, of having lived most of his life under the thumb of a domineering, single parent. But he’s working hard to overcome his deficiencies.
VALERIE FAIRHOPE: 45-55, a former exotic dancer whose face, though hardened and furrowed with the years, still maintains a youthful beauty and vibrancy. As a Zumba fitness instructor, Val also boasts a shapely figure she’s not shy about showing off through the somewhat revealing clothing she wears. Val has been beaten up by life but has refused to stay down for the count.
FLOSSIE PRICE: 55-65, grew up in rural poverty but won her personal sweepstakes when she was swept off her feet and put into both a dental chair and a wedding dress by a local dentist, the unfortunately named Vincent Price. Flossie has come far, but maintains a hillbilly sensibility and manner of speaking.
MAYVONNE RAUSCH: 65-75, the oldest Glitter Girl, but by no means the archetypal “little old lady.” Mayvonne’s disposition is sweet and mothering, but she won’t be pushed around. Mayvonne was a junior high school teacher, long married but now widowed. It is very hard not to like this lovely, well groomed, well-disposed, and very smart (though occasionally marmish) woman.
MAMIE EWING: 60-70, the wife of a town councilman (and soon- to-be candidate for mayor), and owner of her own dress shop; a handsome, exquisitely-dressed woman, with a sophisticated air about her (or as close to sophistication as one gets in Hickman Hills). Mamie can’t help it that she’s abrasive and puts people off;it just comes naturally.
CORINNE CULVERT: 36-45, pretty, nice-figured, but going through one hell of a bad time right now, and it shows in her bedraggled expression and in the laggard, plodding way she carries herself about. Corinne’s husband is the bane of her existence, though she can’t help loving him. A familiar trope.
DOWD FOSTER: 55-60, a recent widower. His late wife Mary Katherine was a Glitter Girl and he has joined the others to honor her memory and to show respect for all of the women who had been her friends. Dowd is a good ol’ boy if there ever was one. He has been a good provider and a loving father to his son and daughter. Dowd owns a tire store.