'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'

Just for the fun of it, Oregon Stage Works is bringing back "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." The popular show enjoyed a full run at the Ashland theater from March 20 to April 20 and an equally successful run this month at Cascade Theatre in Redding. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, May 16 through June 9, at 191 A St.,

First presented at the 2004 New York Musical Theater Festival, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" enjoyed an off-Broadway run and began touring this year. With music and lyrics by David Nehls, and book by the comedy writer and performer Betsy Kelso, the show presents a heartfelt, humorous look at the lives and loves of the eccentric characters who make up the trailer park community of Armadillo Acres, Florida.

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is aimed at all who enjoy a rowdy good time and a little irreverence," director Peter Alzado said.

The cast includes Tamara Marston, who has appeared frequently at the Oregon Cabaret Theater and OSW.

Jennifer Miller-Brian was seen most recently in OSW's "Witness for the Prosecution" and in Camelot Theatre's "The Grapes of Wrath."

Mia Chiaromonte is a recent transplant from Los Angeles, where she worked primarily with Theatre 68 and The MET. This is her first role at OSW.

J. R. Storment makes his OSW debut after appearing in productions of "The Music Man," "Company," "Romeo and Juliet" and "My Very Own Story," which was performed at the 1996 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Heather Harlan, currently studying theatre and music at Southern Oregon University, comes to OSW after productions at Cascades Theatrical Company and The Obsidean Opera Company in Bend.

Joe Caron returns to OSW after roles in "Holiday Memories" and "The Elephant Man."

Juliana Wheeler was most recently seen in Camelot Theatre's production of "Meet Me in St. Louis" and productions at Ashland High School.

The production's stage manager is Rowdy Yates, with choreography by Wendy Spurgeon, set design by Doug Ham, light design by Phil Shaw and costume design by Sue Cowper. J. C. Cook is in charge of props, and set painting is by Charles Couraud. Aaron Blenkush is both pianist and musical director for the show. The music ranges from country to rock, blues, RB and disco.

"The Trip to Bountiful," originally scheduled to open May 23, will open July 11 and run until Aug. 11. "Tales of Fannie Keenan: Better Known as Dora Hand" will run Aug. 29 through Sept. 29. Tickets are $21-$25, general and $12 for students 21 and under. See or call 482-2334.

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