Great Amer­i­can Trailer Park Mu­si­cal On SRT Sonora Stage

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SONORA — In present-day North Florida, in a town called Starke, in a trailer park called “Ar­madillo Acres” (though there are few ar­madil­los and even fewer acres), there’s a new ten­ant – and she’s wreak­ing havoc all over Florida’s most ex­clu­sive trailer park. New res­i­dent, Pippi, the strip­per, is on the run, in her fiveinch heels no less! Her ar­rival shakes up the oth­er­wise hum­drum, daily ex­is­tence of the trailer park res­i­dents. When Pippi comes be­tween the Dr. Phil-lov­ing ago­ra­pho­bic Jean­nie and her toll­booth-col­lec­tor hus­band Nor­bert – Con­flict shakes the dys­func­tional bliss of the trailer park!

The trailer park’s col­or­ful and quirky denizens in­clude a Greek-cho­rus-like trio of women: Linoleum, (Lin), Betty and Pick­les, each with their own prob­lems, who serve as nar­ra­tors and lawn chair philoso­phers, pon­tif­i­cat­ing on life in their trailer park world.

The Great Amer­i­can Trailer Park Mu­si­cal, with mu­sic and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso is a rau­cous and ribald mu­si­cal fea­tur­ing a coun­try-rock/blues score in­clud­ing such hits as “This Side of the Tracks,” “It Doesn’t Take a Ge­nius,” and “Road Kill.” It has been de­scribed as “South Park” meets “Des­per­ate House­wives.”

Sierra Rep wel­comes Trey Comp­ton as guest di­rec­tor/ chore­og­ra­pher for his first time with SRT. His most re­cent suc­cess was his nom­i­na­tion for a Drama Desk Award for Best Mu­si­cal and Best Di­rec­tor for the off-Broad­way pro­duc­tion of the mu­si­cal Yank! at the York Theater Com­pany, NY, New York. His nu­mer­ous cred­its in­clude White’s Lies, which ran at New World Stages with Betty Buck­ley, as well as his ex­pe­ri­ence with clas­sics like; South Pa­cific, Twelve An­gry Men, The Mu­sic Man, Evita, The Pro­duc­ers, and West Side Story, as As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor.

Trey grew up in Pitts­burgh, PA and has been mak­ing his liv­ing as a di­rec­tor, chore­og­ra­pher and fight di­rec­tor in New York City for the past ten years. He at­tended Pace Univer­sity in NYC. When asked to share his thoughts and vi­sions for the SRT pro­duc­tion of Trailer Park, he said, “I have loved Trailer Park since I first saw it in New York. Trailer Park knows ex­actly what it is from mo­ment one. Within the first 20 sec­onds the au­di­ence knows im­me­di­ately that they are about to go on a bumpy, hys­ter­i­cal, col­or­ful, cheese-whiz filled ride. It has a won­der­ful bal­ance of both low­brow and high­brow hu­mor that is de­liv­ered at un­ex­pected in­ter­vals, keep­ing the au­di­ence in con­stant sur­prise. Ul­ti­mately, it be­comes a heart­warm­ing story about in­di­vid­u­als who are challenged to change.”

Three of our ac­tors mak­ing their SRT de­but are An­drew Ber­lin, El­lie Wyman and Kait­lyn Sage: Ac­tor An­drew Ber­lin in his SRT de­but as Nor­bert, comes to us from his re­cent Na­tional Tour of A Christ­mas Story: The Mu­si­cal. His re­cent in­ter­na­tional tour was Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. So­prano El­lie Wyman joins her first show with Sierra Repertory Theatre. She is a multi-tal­ented ac­tor, singer, dancer, and ed­u­ca­tor. We are thrilled to have her ap­pear on SRT’s stage in the role of Pippi, along with Kait­lyn Sage who will be play­ing Pick­les. She too is mak­ing her Sierra Repertory Theatre de­but. Other tal­ented and sea­soned cast mem­bers are Cody Ger­szewski as Duke, Au­dra Qual­ley, as Linoleum, Erica Han­ra­han-Ball as Betty, and Cather­ine Yates as Jean­nie.

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