A BIG-hearted musical comedy comes to life at Roleystone Theatre this July, featuring agoraphobia, adultery, ’80s nostalgia, kleptomania, strippers and a hysterical pregnancy.
Written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso and directed by Lorna Mackie, The Great American Trailer Park Musical is set in Armadillo Acres, Florida's most exclusive park for mobile homes.
A new tenant wreaks havoc – stripper-on-the-run Pippi comes between the Dr Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband and it’s up to their trailer park neighbours to save the marriage.
“This show is about love, friendship and the glorious drama that is life, set to some rocking country sounds,” Mackie said. “It’s been described as ‘South Park meets Desperate Housewives’.
“I’m a huge fan of modern musicals and The Great American Trailer Park Musical has been on my radar for quite a while.
“Despite surface stereotypes and slapstick comedy, the show actually deals with some extremely complex themes and has a range of subtle layers to convey how the characters deal with real issues.
“I particularly love the very witty and well-written score and book and was delighted to get the opportunity to direct the show.”
Acting since her teens in the UK, Mackie originally started as a soloist in a ladies’ jazz group before performing in Calamity Jane, The Little Mermaid and Africa.
After emigrating to Australia, she worked with Marloo, Garrick, Roleystone and Blak Yak Theatres, performing in The Geometry of Love, Meals Warmed Up and Intermission Theatre, designing costumes for Some Enchanted Evening, Get Smart and The Admirable Crichton and stage managing Trainspotting.
In 2010, Mackie made her directorial debut with the musical Reefer Madness, scoring several Finley Award nominations, following it up with the best musical production award for Funny Business in 2011 and more nominations for Avenue Q in 2012.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical continues her love of alternative musicals – and she admits the style of show is unique, treading a fine line between conviction and melodrama.
“There will always be a temptation to verge into slapstick and just play for laughs whereas the true beauty of the show is the relationships between the characters and the moments of truth, which are truly sparkling,” Mackie said.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical plays at 8pm July 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30, August 1, 2, 8 and 9 with a 2pm matinee also on July 26. All tickets are $25 – book on (08) 9397 5730 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.
Please note: this production contains adult themes and language and is recommended for mature audiences. It is not suitable for small children.
Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.
trailer1: Cassie Skinner, left, Cicely Binford and Therese Cruise are appearing as Lin, Betty and Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical this July. Picture: Zyg Woltersdorf
trailer2: The Great American Trailer Park – featuring Cassie Skinner, Mitch Lawrence, Cicely Binford, Tom Hutton and Therese Cruise – has been described as “South Park meets Desperate Housewives”. Picture: Zyg Woltersdorf
Roleystone Theatre in WA has a long tradition with its beginnings in the 1930s as a choral and amateur dramatic society. The theatre group you see today has been evolving since the 1970s when a collection of interested locals began putting on quality performances of plays and musicals.
The theatre currently produces, on average, five major shows every year and is well known for the quality of our performers, sets and technical work.
The building itself has undergone many alterations however the bulk of the auditorium is an art-deco original and is Heritage listed. The building has facilities for persons with a disability or limited mobility, including ramps into the foyer and auditorium as well as an allocated restroom. For your comfort air conditioning and comfortable, padded chairs are features of othe auditorium.
There is also a licensed bar and well-stocked kiosk to cater for your refreshment needs at all performances.
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