San Diego REPertory Theatre Extends Performance Schedule of ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ Through Dec. 11, 2011

San Diego REPertory Theatre Extends Performance Schedule of ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ Through Dec. 11, 2011
November, 2011 Client News

SAN DIEGO – Nov. 18, 2011 – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) announces an extension its popular production of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” The production, which is a rousing musical comedy about take-no-prisoners women, their no-account men, and the Florida trailer park they call home, has been wildly popular with the public and will now run through Sun., Dec. 11, 2011.

san-diego-repertory-theatre-the-great-american-trailer-park-musical-tp-flushed-inlineThe production, originally scheduled to close on Dec. 4 will receive four additional performances at the Lyceum Theatre:

Thurs., Dec. 8 – 8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 9 – 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 10 – 8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 11 – 2 p.m.
“San Diegans really love this show,” says Sam Woodhouse, artistic director and co-founder, San Diego REPertory Theatre, who also directed the production. “It’s a great opportunity to step away from the hectic holiday season and enjoy some good laugh-out-loud fun with amazingly talented musical theatre performers.”
The Story
A toll collector named Norbert is married to his high-school sweetheart, Jeannie. They would love to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, but Jeannie hasn’t stepped outside their mobile home in “Armadillo Acres” since the terrible day her son was kidnapped and she got a really bad perm. A stripper, Pippi, blows into town on the run from her magic marker-sniffing, ex-boyfriend Duke. When Norbert falls for Pippi, Jeannie must overcome her fear and go get her man.
Guiding us through the battle for love and happiness is a Greek chorus of trailer-park temptresses, Betty, Pickles and Linoleum. In delicious three-part harmony, they raise the roof with a play list of American music full of blues, gospel, country, rock, R&B, and disco.
Music and lyrics are by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso. Choreography is by Javier Velasco and musical direction is by Anthony Smith.
Meet the Cast
Courtney Corey (Jeannie) makes her San Diego REP debut in “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” Corey was most recently seen at North Coast Repertory Theatre as Maggie in “Lend Me a Tenor.” Her other credits include the original Los Angeles and Chicago companies of “Wicked” (Elphaba) and the first and second national tours of “Rent” (Maureen). In San Diego, Corey has appeared at La Jolla Playhouse (“Limelight,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Wiz”), The Old Globe (“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”), North Coast Repertory Theatre (“Over the Tavern,” “Jacques Brel…”), and The Theatre in Old Town (“Shear Madness”). Also a director and teacher, Corey is proud to call San Diego home.
David Kirk Grant (Norbert) has appeared on television, most recently in NBC’s “The Office” and has starred in the national tours of “42nd Street” “The Music Man” and “Pirates of Penzance.” Local audiences may remember David from “Smoke on the Mountain” at Lamb’s Players Theatre.
Jill Van Velzer (Pippi) joins San Diego REP from Canada’s National Tour of “The King and I.” She is a Los Angeles Ovation and Backstage Garland Award winner. Van Velzer is making her San Diego REP debut.
David McBean (Duke) was last “seen” as the voice of Audrey II in Cygnet’s “Little Shop of Horrors”. McBean’s recent credits include “Or” at Moxie Theater and “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Fully Committed” (San Diego Critic’s Circle Award, Patte Award, San Diego Playbill Award) at Cygnet Theatre.
Melinda Gilb (Betty) was in the original Broadway Production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Local audiences know Gilb for her work as Mama Who in The Old Globe’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and for her award-winning performance as Mrs. Lovet in the Starlight Theatre Production of “Sweeney Todd.”
Leigh Scarrit (Linoleum) is a San Diego theatre institution as she has performed on almost every San Diego stage. Last seen at the REP in “Storyville,” she has also appeared in REP productions of “Hairspray,” “Threepenny Opera,” and “Working,” all directed by Sam Woodhouse. Scarrit is also a respected coach and mentor to San Diego’s finest up and coming new talent.
Kailey O’Donnell (Pickles) makes her San Diego REPertory Theatre debut. Her recent stage credits include “Sweeney Todd,” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Les Miserables.” O’Donnell was a semi-finalist at the 2011 Globe Honors Theatre Competition and was a soloist at the Rancho Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth Celebration as well as with the Poway Community Symphony Orchestra.  O’Donnell is a student at Rancho Bernardo High School.
San Diego REP will host Surround Events to enhance the performance experience for guests. These discussions, performances and interactive events related to the themes of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” will be held in the Lyceum Lobby before and after selected performances. Surround Events are free and open to the public. A complete list of events is posted on the San Diego REP website at
San Diego REP’s box office is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on non-performance days and noon until curtain on performance days. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate. Four hours of free parking at Horton Plaza is available for patrons who validate at the Lyceum Theatre. For more information, please visit
Subscriptions are priced from $108 to $303. Senior and military discounts are available. San Diego REP offers subscribers an extensive package of benefits, including discount prices, free ticket exchange privileges; discounts on individual tickets; and discounts at local restaurants. Premier seating guarantees seating in the best 100 sets in both theatres and includes free drink coupons.
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Music and Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by Sam Woodhouse