UW-WC Plans Auditions for Trailer Park Musical

Spring play to be performed March 7, 8 and 9

Auditions for UW-Washington County’s spring play will be held on Thursday evening, January 31, beginning at 7pm in the campus theatre. The cast for The Great American Trailer Park Musical will require five women (ages 18 to 60) and two men (ages 18 to 50). Excellent singing voices are needed with energetic music in tight harmonies in a country folk, rockabilly style. The Great American Trailer Park Musical is a very fun and upbeat, fast-paced, “red-neck” musical comedy. Volunteers for technical and behind-the-scenes work are also needed. College credit can be earned for performing or doing technical work for the show. 

The Great American Trailer Park Musical was written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso and was first produced at the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Nehls wrote the script based on his experience as a young paperboy who found his neighbors in a nearby trailer park to be “the people who had the hot cocoa and cookies for me and would always engage me in conversation. They were the coolest people on the paper route; and they were so lovely,” he said. Nehls decided to portray these earthy folk on stage and collaborated with book writer, Kelso to write the musical. The New York Sun reviewed the show by saying, “The Trailer Park meets South Park in this big-hearted new musical comedy with a cheeky script and infectious score.”

The story revolves around regular guy Norbert and his agoraphobic wife, Jeannie, whose 20-year marriage is threatened when a runaway stripper names Pippi moves into “Armadillo Acres,” their exclusive North Florida trailer park. Other actors include: Lin (short for Linoleum), Pickles (sweet but not too bright) and Betty (den-mother type). Betty, Lin and Pickles (dubbed the “triplets of tackiness”)  tell the story of the trailer park which is “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll – but 100 percent trashy”. The other male character is Duke (Pippi’s “obsessive and possessive” boyfriend).  

Three performances are planned in early March. They include Friday and Saturday evening, March 7 and 8 at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee on March 9 at 2pm. All performances take place in the University theatre, located on the second floor of the campus at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Tickets are $12 adults and $9 for seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18).  Reservations are recommended and can be made by phoning the campus at 262-335-5208. 

For more information about the auditions or volunteering behind the scenes, contact Professor Ford at (262) 335-5222 or email: brad.ford@uwc.edu.  Scripts are available for perusal from the University library. Information, including music and video clips, can also be found on the website: www.trailerparkmusical.com


Sue Bausch