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‘Great American Trailer Park Musical’ cast announced

The Tyrone Community Players invite everyone to visit “Armadillos Acres”, south Florida\’s most exclusive manufactured housing community!
The local production of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” is scheduled to be presented November 1, 2 and 3 at the Tyrone American Legion. Tickets for the show can be reserved by calling the Artsline at 684-ART2.
According to a press release provided by TCP, the musical comedy closed in 2005, following a successful off-Broadway run. The New York Sun newspaper reviewed the show by saying, “The Trailer Park meets South Park in this big-hearted new musical comedy with a cheeky script and infectious score.”
TCP’s show director Cindy Bennett has a powerful cast.
“When you’re dealing with a show whose characters are named Pickles, Pippi and Linn (short for linoleum), you have to have some formidable females to make the show believable,” Bennett said. “I think – no, I know – our audience won’t be disappointed with our sassy ladies, all of whom are from Tyrone.”
Betty, Linn and Pickles tell the story of the trailer park which is “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll – but 100 percent trashy”.
TCP would like to note that this show is of an adult nature and would not be appropriate for children.
The “trashy trio” of storytellers begins with Alice Mulhollan as Betty. Alice is a Players veteran and is the director of the TCP Cabaret Series.
Linn is Lynn Dirkse who was seen in The Taffetas Reunion, “Music, Magi, and Memories” and other Tyrone musicals.
Rounding out the “triplets of tackiness” is another TCP veteran, Nancy Sloss, perhaps best remembered for her portrayal of Gertrude McFuzz in “Seussical the Musical”.
Megan Wagner will play Pippi, the hot young stripper. Megan first performed with TCP in the 2006 production of “A Christmas Carol”.
Darcy Wilson brings the agoraphobic housewife Jeannie Garstecki to life. Darcy has been seen in many Tyrone shows, including “Seussical, the Musical”, “My Fair Lady”, “Gypsy” and “Steel Magnolias.”
According to TCP, the men of the cast are just as different as the women are alike! Tyrone’s Gib Lucas plays a regular guy, Norbert, married to the agoraphobic Jeannie. Gib has been involved with TCP for more than 15 years. When not appearing on stage, Gib serves as the group’s sound technician.
A new face to Tyrone audiences will be Jake Baskin of Altoona. He plays Duke, the boyfriend of Pippi the stripper, who comes to Florida from Oklahoma to find his love. Baskin was in Altoona High’s productions of “Footloose”, “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Jake also performed with Altoona Community Theatre previously.
Paula Pheasant is the musical director for the two-act musical comedy.
“The music is certainly different than our last show (“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”), but I am certain people will love it,” Pheasant said. “The music is upbeat, energetic and fun. Combine the lively music with the powerful voices of our cast and you have an entertaining evening!\”