BY DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA STAFF
READING >> “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” returns to Genesius Theatre for another full run this October. Genesius scored a major success with this hysterical, irreverent musical comedy back in 2008 and is hoping it strikes tacky “fools gold” once more when it gets revived on October 9. The musical features an excellent ensemble cast of seven and a live band. The book is by Betsy Kelso, music and lyrics by David Nehls and directed, locally, by L J Fecho.
Sparkling like aluminum siding, this campy, cheesy, caustic musical fable is ripe with adultery, hysterical pregnancies, a slutty stripper, psychotic ex-boyfriends who sniff markers, items from Costco and, of course, the Ice Capades. Complete with a trashy Greek chorus of trailer park divas, Armadillo Acres is Florida’s most exclusive mobile home community (a trailer park) where having your baby isn’t half as tragic a getting a bad perm at the Super Cuts. But when a hot young stripper on the run comes between an agoraphobic housewife and her tollbooth collector hubby, the south Floridian hurricane of laughter just rolls over the aisles.
The production is directed by Genesius Artistic Producer, L J Fecho. Mr. Fecho is also designing the set, lights and costumes for the production. “We are so excited to revive this funny, funny musical. The audiences who attended the 2008 Genesius production loved it and we just know that they are going to love it all over again. If you love to laugh, this is certainly the show for you!” said, Fecho.
The show is being music directed by Christopher Sperat and choreographed by Irving Gonzalez.
The cast consists of seven excellent comedic veteran actors: Christine Cieplinski as Betty (also in 2008 production), Cathy Miller as Lin (also in 2008 production), Mamie Covell as Pickles, Beth Linzer as Jeannie, Kevin Cooper as Norbert, Kara Snyder as Pippi and Joe Swaggerty as Duke.
For the production, hair, makeup and wigs are being handled by Carmen Painter of United Artists Salon and Spa in West Reading, scenic art by Marjory Ewald, lights by Spencer Fecho and set construction by John Bigos and Betty Gerstner. Drew Boardman is the stage manager.
Genesius’ production of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” opens Friday, Oct. 9 and runs evenings through Sunday, Oct. 18 (with the exception of Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12 and 13). Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. each night. Matinee performances are offered at 3 p.m. on two Sundays, October 11 and 18. Tickets range from $17.50 to $28.50 Fridays and Saturdays and $17.50 to $23.50 Wednesday/Thursday and Sunday and are available at www.genesiusdifference.org or by calling 610-373-9500. Card fees apply. Tickets are also available at the door. The play is rated G. (minor adult situations comedy)
Genesius Theatre is located at 153 North 10th S. in Reading. The theater is handicapped accessible and there is free parking (limited spaces available) next to the theater. For more information, call the theater at 610-371-8151.