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The Great American Trailer Park Musical  ****** Las Vegas Little Theatre Music and Lyrics by David Nehls Book by Betsy Kelso        27 July 2012 If you are looking for a classy piece portraying the privileged lives of the elite then this musical is probably not for you. If you are not opposed, however, to a little Trailer Park Trash, then you might find this story about the residents of one the great American Budget Accommodation Providers (all right, who are we kidding with the fancy names, it is a Trailer Park) called Armadillo Acres in Florida quite appealing. The main characters are Jeannie, an agoraphobic housewife deeply traumatized after the disappearance of her baby and refusing to ever leave her trailer, her long suffering tollbooth collector husband Norbert, the stripper on-the move Pippi and to a lesser extent, Pippi’s rather disturbed, magic marker sniffing ex-boyfriend Duke. The glue that holds the whole show together are three local friends, Betty, Pickles and Lin, who serve as narrators, fill in the blanks, and amuse us with their “existential” wisdom and observations. This, granted, is not always (or ever) of the highest intellectual caliber, but what do you expect? We’re in a trailer park and not at a University Campus! I have to honestly admit that “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” definitely does not belong to my favorite musicals. I found the songs to be, for the most part, rather average. Three of them did stand out, however,  and saved the show, namely “Storm’s A-Brewin’”, presented in a glamorous 70-s disco style setting slightly gone wrong, “Road Kill”, a great and hilarious number describing the depths of  Duke’s dysfunction and, of course, the Finale. The script certainly contains some very humorous moments, but it does lack the dazzling originality and sparkle that the truly great shows are known and famous for. The LVLT Production must be praised, though, considering the material they worked with they did deliver an outstanding performance. All the actors proved to be talented singers, with strong voices and interesting interpretation. The three “female Stooges” portrayed by Jennifer King, Vicky Best, and Kim Glover make even the average jokes sound mirth inspiring, especially Kim Glover as Lin, the girlfriend of a death row inmate living in constant fear of his impending execution delivers some hysterically funny lines. Kelly Ward as Jeannie convinces with her beautiful voice and well played fragility, Scott Caster secures our sympathy as the poor rejected husband, Caitlin Shea as Pippi is both slutty and vulnerable at the same time and Eric Wilson as Duke, well I guess you would have to see it to quite describe it, but he is good! The set design looked exactly like I would imagine a respectable Trailer Park to appear, only cuter, with little Christmas lights twinkling and toilets serving as flower pots, obviously making it a dwelling on the more chic side of such communities. The lighting very much contributed to the overall effect, especially in the disco or game-show inspired numbers. The costumes, even though probably a tad exaggerated compared to what an average Armadillo Acres Resident would wear, nevertheless did serve to enhance the delicious trashiness of the place. Big congratulations to the Production Team (Troy Heard, Toby McEvoy, Erin Marie Sullivan, Cathy Ostertag, Ron Lindblom, David Sankuer, Ginny Adams and Jerry Alen), very impressive and solid work!

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The Great American Trailer Park Musical  ****** Las Vegas Little Theatre Music and Lyrics by David Nehls Book by Betsy Kelso        27 July 2012 If you are looking for a classy piece portraying the privileged lives of the elite then this musical is probably not for you. If you are not opposed, however, to a little Trailer Park Trash, then you might find this story about the residents of one the great American Budget Accommodation Providers (all right, who are we kidding with the fancy names, it is a Trailer Park) called Armadillo Acres in Florida quite appealing. The main characters are Jeannie, an agoraphobic housewife deeply traumatized after the disappearance of her baby and refusing to ever leave her trailer, her long suffering tollbooth collector husband Norbert, the stripper on-the move Pippi and to a lesser extent, Pippi’s rather disturbed, magic marker sniffing ex- boyfriend Duke. The glue that holds the whole show together are three local friends, Betty, Pickles and Lin, who serve as narrators, fill in the blanks, and amuse us with their “existential” wisdom and observations. This, granted, is not always (or ever) of the highest intellectual caliber, but what do you expect? We’re in a trailer park and not at a University Campus! I have to honestly admit that “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” definitely does not belong to my favorite musicals. I found the songs to be, for the most part, rather average. Three of them did stand out, however,  and saved the show, namely “Storm’s A-Brewin’”, presented in a glamorous 70-s disco style setting slightly gone wrong, “Road Kill”, a great and hilarious number describing the depths of  Duke’s dysfunction and, of course, the Finale. The script certainly contains some very humorous moments, but it does lack the dazzling originality and sparkle that the truly great shows are known and famous for. The LVLT Production must be praised, though, considering the material they worked with they did deliver an outstanding performance. All the actors proved to be talented singers, with strong voices and interesting interpretation. The three “female Stooges” portrayed by Jennifer King, Vicky Best, and Kim Glover make even the average jokes sound mirth inspiring, especially Kim Glover as Lin, the girlfriend of a death row inmate living in constant fear of his impending execution delivers some hysterically funny lines. Kelly Ward as Jeannie convinces with her beautiful voice and well played fragility, Scott Caster secures our sympathy as the poor rejected husband, Caitlin Shea as Pippi is both slutty and vulnerable at the same time and Eric Wilson as Duke, well I guess you would have to see it to quite describe it, but he is good! The set design looked exactly like I would imagine a respectable Trailer Park to appear, only cuter, with little Christmas lights twinkling and toilets serving as flower pots, obviously making it a dwelling on the more chic side of such communities. The lighting very much contributed to the overall effect, especially in the disco or game-show inspired numbers. The costumes, even though probably a tad exaggerated compared to what an average Armadillo Acres Resident would wear, nevertheless did serve to enhance the delicious trashiness of the place. Big congratulations to the Production Team (Troy Heard, Toby McEvoy, Erin Marie Sullivan, Cathy Ostertag, Ron Lindblom, David Sankuer, Ginny Adams and Jerry Alen), very impressive and solid work!
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