POCATELLO — Old Town Actors Studio will present “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” on June 21, 22, 24, 28 and 29.
“Adultery, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades. Undeniable fun,” writes the New York Post of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” The delightfully indelicate musical, written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso, scrutinizes the relationships of the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park. The fast-paced production introduces us to Pippi, “the stripper on the run,” the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic Jeannie, her tollbooth-collector husband, Norbert, and a wide array of unique individuals.
The Village Voice stated that “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” “actually lives up to the hype of its title.” “Joyful and unashamedly vulgar, Betsy Kelso’s comic fable about women in a Florida trailer park and their no-account men is more fun than a chair-throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music,” stated The New Yorker. And Talkin’ Broadway wrote: “This wheel-spinning, mud-splattering good time of a show is the theatrical equivalent of a bag of Doritos. You can’t get enough. Who could expect a thrillingly trashy Greek chorus of trailer park matrons whose hysterical musical stylings all but redefine the girl-group-as-cultural-commentator craze? Or a number with enough show-stopping electricity to trump every musical that opened on Broadway?”
“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” was performed at the inaugural New York Music Theater Festival in 2004 and off-Broadway in 2005. The Old Town Actors Studio’s production features the talents of: Malia Kerr (Jeanne), Bart Nawotniak (Norbert), Rani Choudhury (Pippi), Elissa Jones (Lin), Brittany Hooper (Pickles), Porter Johnson (Duke), Tiffini Briscoe (Betty), Trina Bonman (Lynn) and Tracie Amend (Lou). Sherri Dienstfrey-Swanson is the director, and Jason Bartosic is the musical director, with Bailey Robison as assistant director, Bailey Brockett as stage manager, Nicole Bissell as props master and Bob Swanson as set designer.
Don’t miss the storm that is brewing in Starke, Florida, as it rolls into Old Town Actors Studio, 427 N. Main St., Suite G, in Pocatello, on June 21, 22, 24, 28 and and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Two Saturday matinees at 1 p.m. on June 22 and 29 are scheduled, as well. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Tickets are $12. Call 208-478-6886 for reservations and more information.