If you are up for outrageously campy and trashy comedy, check out “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” just opened at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, in the smaller Studio Theater. Make sure to get tickets in advance, as the first two performances were sold out, with good reason. What a well-tuned production this is, with music and lyrics by David Nehls. The singers belt out their songs, and the acting, trailer park set, and costumes are over-the-top. The wigs alone are worth the price of admission! The audience was on its feet laughing and cheering with enjoyment. Some told me they want to come back and see it again; they were laughing so hard they missed the next funny bit.
Powerhouse singers abound, include local favorite voluptuous Daniela Innocenti Beem, whose sultry siren of a voice hits the rafters. Beguiling Taylor Bartolucci DeGuillio has a rock-the-house voice as the thigh-booted vixen. Bathrobe-clad Julianne Lorenzen plays her role magnificently with an anxious, wind-swept look and a voice that harbors every emotion. Trailer-park resident wise-cracker Shannon Rider has a great voice that’s spot-on-key to perfect her role as a wife of a death-row inmate. Does it get any funnier than this? Alise Girard and Natalie Herman alternate as their ditzy friend who believes she’s pregnant, all the while rounding out the vocal trios.
The man of the house, err, trailer, is Craig A. Miller, 6th Street Playhouse’s Artistic Director and the Sound Designer for this show. Miller knows his chops, and clearly enjoys his role as the frustrated husband who falls for a pole-dancing flirt. Mark Bradbury shines as the marker-sniffing boyfriend who comes gunning for his gal in his road-kill machine. What a crack-up!
Director Barry Martin delivers pure entertainment of the lowest kind…holy ham sandwiches! With all the hanky-panky and messin’ around in this show, it’s adults only for sure. Don’t miss it! Playing Thursday – Saturday at 8, Sundays at 2, with some Saturday matinees through September. Tickets ($15 to $25) are at (707) 523-4185 ext. 101 or go to www.6thstreetplayhouse.com. Such an enjoyable way to close this hot summer!