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THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL - Lake Worth Playhouse Non Equity Auditions

Posted: June 10, 2021
Audition Location: Lake Worth, FL

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THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL

(Limited Engagement)

 

Book by Betsy Kelso, Music & Lyrics by David Nehls

 

Director: Daniel Eilola

Music Director: Michelle Presley

Choreographer: Lara Palmer 

 

Audition Dates: July 5th & 6th, 2021 at 7pm

Performance Dates: September 3rd – 12th, 2021 (6 Performances)

 

ABOUT

 

There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres – and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. The story has, at its center, a love triangle between an agoraphobe, a highway toll collector and an exotic dancer with an unhinged ex-boyfriend. A Greek-chorus-eque trio of trailer park women helps guide the narrative, playing any character or gender they choose while breaking the fourth wall at whim to air their own dirty laundry. The result is a sense of informality and community – the lifeblood of neighborhoods everywhere.

 

More than a decade after its New York premiere, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" continues to connect with audiences and sold-out crowds. Beyond the broad comedy and Jerry Springer-worthy confrontations, the show is about rising above our impulses, our mistakes and our surroundings to make a future we can believe in despite the past.

 

“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. TRAILER PARK sparkles with treasure.” —NY Sun.

 

ROLES

 

JEANNIE GARSTECKI - 35–45 Years old

Jeannie has lived in a trailer at Armadillo Acres for 20 years with her husband and high-school sweetheart, Norbert. A faded beauty, she was 17 when she married, 18 when her son was born and 23 when he got kidnapped. That, coupled with a really bad perm, has turned her into an agoraphobic. She hasn’t left her trailer in all these 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 - 35–45 Years old

Jeannie’s husband Norbert collects tolls for a living and tries to be as good a husband as one can be 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 ...

 

PIPPI - 28–35 Years old

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 who 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 - 24–28 Years old

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 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 ...

 

BETTY - 38–50-Something

Betty attended high school with Norbert and Jeannie Garstecki and has lived at Armadillo Acres 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,” Betty 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” - 30s

So-named because her mother gave birth to her on the kitchen floor, Linoleum 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 the fieriest of “The Girls.”

 

DONNA “PICKLES” – 20’’s

A newlywed, Donna 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 city of Jacksonville. His parents haven’t been very supportive of his marital choice, so Pickles is desperate to give her husband a family of his own — even if she has to fake it. The dimmest of “The Girls,” Pickles is airy, sweet and blissfully ignorant.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided for you – please provide sheet music. In addition, smartphones and digital devices with an accompaniment track are accepted provided it is cued correctly prior to your audition.  

 

For questions, contact Artistic Director Daniel Eilola at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org

Lake Worth Playhouse | 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

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