San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’

San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’
October, 2011 Client News

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” for the third production of the company’s 36th season. This rousing musical comedy about take-no-prisoners women, their no-account men, and the Florida trailer park they call home, will make you want to crack open a beer, grab a lawn chair and figure out which side of the tracks you came from. Music and lyrics are by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso. Sam Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic director, San Diego REP, directs. Choreography is by Javier Velasco and musical direction is by Anthony Smith. “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” will be performed on the Lyceum Stage. Previews begin Sat., Nov. 5. Opening night is Fri., Nov. 11 and the production runs through Sun., Dec. 4, 2011.

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.

“A bright new show! Every song is full of surprises.” – The New York Times

“A sparkling, sharp irreverence lights up this musical and makes it one of the most laugh-out loud shows in town.” –

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’Donnel (Pickle) 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’Donnel 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’Donnel 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
Choreography by Javier Velasco
Musical Direction by Anthony Smith
Nov. 5 – Dec. 4, 2011
Opening Night: Fri., Nov. 11
The Lyceum Stage

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except preview Sunday); performances also are scheduled on selected Saturdays at 2 p.m. and selected Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please visit for specific days and times.

The Lyceum Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144

Ticket Prices: $37 to $57 (Student Discount $18)
Discounts for groups, seniors and military also available.
Lyceum Box Office (619) 544-1000
Tickets available online at