CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,


If you happen to hear the raucous singing and yelling of a beer gulping, tank-top donning, rebel flag waving, red neckin' troupe of trailer trash echoing through the tranquil streets of Coral Gables, don't be alarmed. And don't be afraid to join in or at least check it out for yourself either.

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL is coming to Coral Gables in a riotous fashion this January at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. Called a mix between South Park and Desperate Housewives, this campy, sexy, bawdy, R-Rated musical fable is seasoned with murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco, the Ice Capades, and a stripper on the run who comes between a Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic housewife and her toll-booth collector husband. With a chorus of trailer park divas residing in Armadillo Acres, an exclusive Florida mobile home community, this escapist, fun musical ranges across the American Radio dial from country to blues to rock to disco to bump n' grind to R&B. With music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Bestey Kelso, THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL is a hysterically funny musical extravaganza that you won't want to miss.

Talkin' Broadway says "this wheel-spinning, mud splattering good time of a show is the equivalent of a bag of Doritos. You can't get enough." The New York Post calls it "undeniable fun...a delicious new musical."

Artistic Director David Arisco has compiled a slew of talented musical and comedic professionals to tow this mobile home musical rendition. Actors' Playhouse favorite and multiple Carbonell Award winner, Margot Moreland, who has been seen recently in Les Misérables, Bombshells and Mid Life: The Crisis Musical, will play the part of Jeannie Garstecki, the permed-out agoraphobic housewife. Her former high-school football star of a husband Norbert Garstecki will be played by Carbonell winner Stephen G. Anthony who has appeared off-Broadway in the critically acclaimed Hank Williams: Lost Highway and at Actors' in One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Kelly Atkins, who recently received rave reviews for playing the same role at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, will be making her Actors' Playhouse debut as Pippi, the stripper on the run. Christopher A. Kent who has been seen at Actors' on numerous occasions including Aida and Footloose will appear as Duke, her disastrous ex-boyfriend. Meghan Moroney, who was first seen at Actors' in Oliver and has since worked with likes of Jimmy Buffet and the Broadway company, Momma Mia, will play the self-proclaimed bad-ass and nosy leasing office-manager, Betty. Linoleum "Lin," whose husband resides at the state prison, will be played by Stacy Schwartz, another Actors' Playhouse veteran and Carbonell Award winner who also appeared in White Christmas, La Cage Aux Folles, and I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change. And finally, the hysterical pregnancy ridden newlywed "Pickles," will be portrayed by another Carbonell Award winner, Gwen Hollander who was on the Broadway Tour of Little Women and has appeared at Actors' in Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast, and as Epinone in Les Misérables.

Scenic Design will be handled by Sean McClelland, with Lighting Design by Patrick Tennant, Sound Design by Alexander Herrin, and Costume Design by Ellis Tillman.

"Hold onto the steering wheel of your monster truck," says Artistic Director David Arisco. "THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL has great songs, fantastic singers and a plot and dialogue from a Showtime or HBO series that will leave you shaking your head, clapping your hands and begging for more. You will have a riotous good time at the theatre with Trailer Park. Just remember this one's for mature audiences. Take the kids to see Jack and the Beanstalk, and then come out to the trailer park at night. You'll be glad you did."

Preview performances of THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 13th and 14th at 8 p.m. The show will open Friday, January 15th at 8 p.m. and play through February 7th. Performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. with an additional matinee Wednesday, January 20th at 2 p.m. THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL contains adult content and language and is recommended for mature audiences only.

Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $35. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $40, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $48. The theatre offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday.

Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at Holiday gift certificates are also available for purchase through the box office.

4 show subscription packages are now available to the remainder of the 2009-2010 season, which also includes: Boublil and Schönberg’s Miss Saigon (March 3 - April 4, 2010), the world premiere play Unreasonable Doubt by Michael Mckeever (May 12 - June 6, 2010) and Are We There Yet? by James Hindman, Ray Roderick and Cheryl Stern with music by John Glaudin (July 7 - August 15, 2010).

The best way to guarantee seats to this exciting new season is to become a valued Actors’ Playhouse subscriber. 4 show packages for the 2009-2010 Season are on sale now with prices ranging from $120 for preview performances, $156 for Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees, $180 for Friday and Saturday evenings, and $184 for VIP Flexible/Anytime tickets for premium seats in every performance. Opening Night Subscriptions, which include an invitation to a Gala party and Bacardi bar, are $362. Miracle Maker donor subscriptions, including two tickets to opening nights, donor acknowledgement, and two tickets to the 19th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction 2010 are $1250. 4 show subscriptions for children 25 years and younger with a full paid adult subscription, and college students, are $70 (restrictions apply). All prices include handling charges and fees. Actors’ Playhouse subscribers receive guaranteed best seating and pricing, lost ticket insurance, generous membership benefits to Coral Gables’ finest restaurants and discounts on single tickets, among other benefits. To become part of the Miracle as an Actors’ Playhouse subscriber, call 305.444.9293 or order online at

Actors’ Playhouse, the nonprofit resident theatre company and managing agent of the Miracle Theatre, has an agreement with Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors, New York. Under the leadership of Founding Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein and Artistic Director David Arisco, Actors’ Playhouse was named South Florida’s Theatre Company of the Year in 2008 for overall season excellence and community outreach by the Carbonell Committee and in 2009 Artistic Director David Arisco received the industry’s highest acknowledgement with the George Abbott Award for his 21-years of artistic excellence in South Florida. Actors’ Playhouse is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization, one of eight major Florida professional theatre companies, and one of twenty-one major cultural institutions in Miami Dade County. In addition to its Mainstage season, Actors’ Playhouse produces a year-round five-show season of Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, a National Children’s Theatre Festival, and a Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program.

This event is made possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, The Cultural Affairs Council, The Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and by following sponsors: Miami Herald, NBC 6, Hampton Inn, Comcast, the Spanish Broadcasting System, and with support from the Funding Arts Network.
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