SULLIVAN — Spring is right around the corner.
Producers of Little Theatre on the Square’s next show, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical," chose the colorful, high-energy musical to bring in the season as well as get the audience ready for the upcoming theater season.
“It is like going to a really good backyard party,” said director Jesse Sharp.
Sullivan’s Little Theatre will present “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” March 2 through 11.
The play is a moment in the life of the Garstecki couple, Norbert and Jeannie. They are residents of the Armadillo Acres trailer park where misadventures occur in their lives. Their relationship has hit a snag when a new women enters Norbert’s life. “And insanity ensues,” Sharp said.
Other residents of the park have their own stories to tell, including Linoleum, Betty and Pickles. Most of the storytelling is presented through song and dance by the three ladies, who have their own interesting pasts.
The three ladies are on stage through most of the musical. “We are running around, playing multiple characters and singing everything in three-part harmonies,” actress Sarah Philabaum said. “And we are moving the set.”
Choreographer Corey John Hafner admits the musical isn’t known for its dancing. “But there are tons of bursts of choreography,” he said. “It is coming from the music.”
The directors describe the music for the “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” as high-energy. The music allows for interesting dance routines including disco and a strip-tease number. “The beautiful lyrics are clever and witty,” Hafner said. “Coming up with choreography that lends itself to the lyrics and helps tell the story has been challenging and a joy.”
Live music is part of the Little Theatre show. “It is a rock band. This is a very guitar-heavy show,” Sharp said.
The musical was written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso. It was performed for the first time off-Broadway in 2005. Sharp compares the sharp-witted comedy to Jeff Foxworthy meets Carol Burnett. “It is celebrating the characters; they are proud to live in the trailer park,” he said. “It is embracing that part of Americana.”
Philabaum said the show is relatable to her as well. “I’ve never lived in a trailer park or in Florida, but these people are down to earth,” she said.
The cast provides their own touches to the show through improv. Sharp allowed the characters to add gags and funny lines when needed. “It makes it closer to sketch comedy,” he said.
The regular season will begin June 6 with “Million Dollar Quartet.”