A Special Event
"The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical"
A musical comedy
Music and lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by Curt Arnold
Musical Direction by Jordan Cooper
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT CANAPI
Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative
It’s Christmas in August as Weathervane plays host to a special-event, one-night-only performance! The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is a sequel to The Great American Trailer Park Musical (which was the CANAPI benefit performance on our stage in 2009) — but you’ll enjoy this holiday romp whether you saw the original or not!
Betty, the manager of Armadillo Acres Trailer Park, is back, with her friends Lin and Pickles, and they’re getting ready for Christmas…but neighbor Darlene Seward wants no part of it! She and her greedy fiancé, restaurant mogul Jackson Boudreau, say “Bah, humbug!” to the Christmas celebrations, until Darlene is accidentally electrocuted by holiday lights and loses her memory — and her Scrooge-like attitude.
As visions of sugarplums dance in her head, Darlene finds herself spending time with Rufus, the redneck in the next trailer over…and Jackson finds himself confused by everything that’s going on. With three ghosts, a magic Christmas tree, a drunken drugstore Santa, and a lot of holiday tunes, Betty, Lin and Pickles help Darlene sort out her life, her relationships, and her feelings about Christmas — just in time for the holiday!
: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical
is NOT suitable for children! Not only does it contain adult situations and language, it also casts doubts on the existence of Santa Claus. The performance will be presented as a staged concert production; it will be performed in costume with some props and lighting effects but will not feature elaborate sets. The show is performed in two acts with one intermission.
THE CAST and CREATIVE TEAM
The cast features many favorites of Northeast Ohio theater fans!
KEVIN JOSEPH KELLY and EILEEN BURNS reprise their roles as Betty and Lin from the 2009 CANAPI benefit production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. (Kevin also appeared in the CANAPI benefits in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011; Eileen was featured in the 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 CANAPI benefit productions).
They are joined by CAITLIN ELIZABETH REILLY (a 2013 CANAPI benefit cast member) in the role of Pickles. Darlene Seward is played by AMIEE COLLIER (cast member of the CANAPI benefits in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013), with RACHEL SPENCE (2012 and 2013 CANAPI benefit cast member) in trousers as Jackson Boudreau. DAN FOLINO (CANAPI cast member in 2009, 2012 and 2013) will appear as Rufus, the redneck with a heart of gold. Newcomer PAT MILLER and veteran BRIAN BOWERS (CANAPI benefit cast member in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) team up to play a variety of supporting roles, male, female and vegetal.
Mr. Folino and Miss Reilly appear with special permission from Actors’ Equity Association.
The orchestra, led by JORDAN COOPER, features JESSE FISHMAN on guitar, TIM KEO on bass and GREGORY CROSS on drums.
The organizers of this year's CANAPI benefit would like to extend special thanks to artist CHUCK AYERS for donating his time and talent in the creation of the show's logo.