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The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Director: Jeff Corriveau

Music and Lyrics by David Nehls, Book by Betsy Kelso

Audition Dates: December 9 and 10, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Peninsula Community Theatre
Call Backs if necessary will be: December 12, 7pm

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Audition info:
Bring sheet music for our pianist, not to exceed one (1) minute.
Bring in the key you want to sing it.
No acapella
No CD or recorded music
Dress to move as there will be a movement portion of the auditions.
You do not need to be the ages listed below just be able to play those ages.
Cold readings from the script will be provided.
Come prepared to list all conflicts for the rehearsal period

Performance dates:
February 22, 2019 through March 10, 2019. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm , Sundays at 230pm

Jeannie Garstecki (age 35-45)
Norbert Garstecki (age 35-45)
Betty (age 38-50 something)
Linoleum “Lin” (age 30s)
Donna “Pickles” (17 – 20s early)
Pippi (age 20-35)
Duke (age 20-28)

THE STORY: There's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew.

"Adultery, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades. Undeniable fun." —NY Post. "A bright new show!" —NY Times. "A show that actually lives up to the hype of its title." —Village Voice. "A delicious new musical. The joint is jammed and jumping with raucous laughter. It's like The Honeymooners meets The Best Little Whorehouse in Urinetown." —NY Post. "South Park meets Desperate Housewives in this big-hearted new musical comedy with a cheeky script by Betsy Kelso, an infectious score by David Nehls and a richly talented cast.

Jeannie Garstecki: Jeannie has lived in the trailer park for 20 years with her husband and high school sweetheart, Norbert. A faded beauty, she was 17 when she got married, 18 when she had her son and 23 when he got kidnapped. That, coupled with a reality of a bad perm, has turned her into an agoraphobic. She hasn’t left her trailer in 20 years and the man she loves is drifting further and further away and she’s determined to get him back….that is if she could manage to get out of the trailer to do it.
Norbert Garstecki: Jeannie’s husband collects tolls for a living and tries to be as good a husband as on can to an agoraphobic. A former high school football star, he has rugged good looks marred by fatigue and the stress of his difficult marriage. He is a simple man who desperately wishes his wife could get out of the trailer, but he’s not equipped with the emotional or intellectual tools to help her do it. He has never loved or slept with a woman other than Jeannie. That is until he meets…
Betty: attended high school with Norbert and Jeannie and has lived in the trailer park for just as long. She now runs the leasing office and makes it her business to know everything about everybody who passes through the trailer park. Though a self-proclaimed “bad-ass”, she is really a mother hen to the denizens of the trailer park. Of all “the girls” Betty is the most grounded earthy and dry.
Linoleum “Lin”: So-named because her mother gave birth to her on the kitchen floor. Lin has a husband on death row at the Florida State Prison. His fate is an electric chair that doesn’t ‘work properly unless most of the town’s electricity is turned off. So Lin watches everyone’s lights and appliances very closely in the hopes that she can keep the chair on the fritz. Sometimes self-absorbed and sometimes just a smart-ass, she hints at a wild, rock-and-roll past and is a fieriest of “the girls”.
Donna: a newlywed, is called “Pickles” because she is perpetually hysterically pregnant – that is, she’s so convinced she should be pregnant she’s exhibiting symptoms. Her husband is a lot fancier than she is, as he is from the big town of Jacksonville. His parents haven’t been very supportive of his marital choice, so Donna is desperate to give her husband a family of his own – even if she has to fake it. The dimmest of “the girls”, she is airy, sweet and blissfully ignorant.
Pippi: is a striking beauty with a great body and a taste for clothing that shows it off. Up to this point, Pippi’s life has been about surviving. She is a professional stripper ho has gotten by on her looks and talents for dancing and petty theft. She means no harm and is ready to stop making bad choices and start making changes, but first she has to get lost in a hick-town trailer park in North Florida so she won’t be found by her last bad choice.
Duke: is Pippi’s obsessive, possessive and excessive Magic Marker sniffing boyfriend; ‘ex’-boyfriend according to Pippi. Not so, according to Duke. Not the brightest guy south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Duke leaves a trail of disaster in his wake of wherever he goes. His road trip to Starke is no exception and his arrival at the trailer park is full of surprises – even for a group of people who have had their share of excitement.

Production presented with permission from Dramatist Play Services Inc.

Questions may be directed to Jeff Corriveau . Please mention "Great American Trailer Park" in the subject line.

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General Info

Audtioning at Peninsula Community Theatre

Generally, Auditions are held for each show during the run of the previous show. They are held on stage at our Theatre at 10251 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, Virginia, usually on Sunday and Monday evening. You only need attend one of the two audition dates. Different shows will have different call-back requirements, usually completed in the week following the audition.
Audition forms will be available at the theatre, but you can print and fill-in the form ahead of time as well.

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