Patrice Parker (Patrice DeCrette in the book) is quirky, offbeat, some might say geeky, and ready to begin her life - away from where her life is. She thinks Appleton, Indiana is the lamest place in the world and dreams of planning an escape and moving to someplace more cultured and diverse. She is best friends with Archie and has a Giant crush on Evan.
Sensitive, playful, emotional, she’s smarter than most, celebrates what makes her different, and just wants to be understood by someone she understands. When she hurts, she hurts hard. She’s total chic-geek, dances to her own DJ, and has a lot of love to give. She never judges a book by its cover and sees people for who they are, rather than what she wants them to be. She's given another chance to every jerk in Appleton, but can't seem to fit in with the popular kids because she won't change to fit anyone's standards. Her best friend and fellow outsider is Archie.
Patrice knows where she stands and where she fits in. She doesn't let anything anyone says get to her too much, and faces every day with a smile, unless someone she thought was a friend rips up an invitition and humiliates her! (cough cough, EVAN, cough cough) She eventually forgives him after he realizes what's truly important and ends up kissing him--more than once! She shows up with Archie at Evan's Bar Mitzvah and remains a dependable friend.
Patrice's main songs are- The Lamest Place in the World, What It Means To Be A Friend, Tell Her, If That's What It Is and a little more homework. After The Bloodmaster, she loses her temper at Evan and sings Good Enough, a short song that was not recorded by the original Broadway cast. She also has a minor solo in Any Minute and Getting Ready.
Music- Patrice is a mezzo-soprano with some soprano notes. There is a high note in "The Lamest Place in the World" that can be reached by head voice if necessary. Otherwise, the rest of Patrice's notes can be sung by chest voice by a regular soprano. Patrice, she also sings with the company in other songs.
Dancing- Needs to be able to move.
Acting- Requires good movement. Patrice needs to express happiness when Evan arrives in her town, anger when Evan tears up her invitation, sadness when Evan ignores her at the movies, and suprised or shy when Evan kisses her. Patrice is a female lead and requires very strong acting skills.