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Great American Trailer Park Musical Opens on Barton’s Kennedy Stage Opens on March 21

WILSON, N.C. — March 4, 2024 — “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” promises to be a rip-roarin’, good-timin’,  just-what-you-need musical comedy, featuring an all-star cast of Barton College students, guest artists, and musicians. The musical will be presented in the Kennedy Family Theatre at Barton College on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, March 21-23, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, March 24, at 3 p.m.

“Theatre at Barton invites guests to take a road trip to Starke, Fla., where some mighty interesting folks live at a most exclusive trailer park called Armadillo Acres,” shares Sherry Lee Allen, director and choreographer. “The audience is advised that Pickles (Alyssa Krasovich ’24), Bertie (Jordan Peartree ’24 on 3/21 & 3/22 and Maria Popowitch on 3/23 & 3/24) and Lin (Cindy Jones) won’t be caught repeating gossip…so listen close the first time!  And, don’t miss the newest tenant in town, Pippi (Linda Barrerra-Gil), a stripper with a heart of gold on the run from ex-boyfriend Duke (Chris Hodges ’26), as she tries to blend in with agoraphobic Jeannie (Monica Shaver ’25), her tollbooth collecting husband Norbert (Zachery Rayburn ’16), and the rest of the zany residents.”

This irreverent musical comedy is sure to entertain with a lively, toe-tappin’ score and lyrics written by David Nehls. Director and choreographer Sherry Lee Allen is joined by professional collaborators Justin Collis, music director; Angela Davis, accompanist; Michael Dornemann, technical director; Dorothy Austin-Harrell, costume and prop designer; Brianna Nicole Tenhet, stage manager; and Amy Hawke, assistant choreographer. Student apprentices include Allison Levijoki, lighting assistant and costume design assistant; Tamaira Hawkins, wardrobe; AnnaElise Manning, stitcher; and Kayla Cephus, sound operator. Running crew members include Hannah Cool, Jamaya Whitehead, and Aaron Wilson.

“This show is a cross between Saturday Night Live, a soap opera love story, and a sensationalized daytime talk show, but the talent and fun are never-ending,” notes Allen. “So, watch out, y’all . . .  a storm’s a brewin’!”

With strong adult language and situations, the suggested viewing age is 15+.

With limited seating capacity, advance ticket reservations are required at www.barton.edu/theatre

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 senior (60+) and military, $10 Barton Faculty/Staff, and Barton students are admitted free with I.D. and advance reservation.

For additional information, email theatre@barton.edu or call 252-399-6492.