SONORA – It’s trailer park Christmas time and Sierra Repertory Theatre is going to unleash a massive dose of sheer seasonal silliness in its no-holds-barred production of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, running Nov. 22 through Dec. 22 at the East Sonora Theatre.
It is being staged Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. as well as Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. at the East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora.
Tickets are $32 to $47 and are available from Sierra Rep’s Box Office at (209) 532-3120 or online at www.SierraRep.org. Discounted tickets for seniors (60+), veterans (w/ID), children and students (18 and over with student ID) are available for all performances. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available.
Betty, Lin and Pickles (Merrill Peiffer, Ariel Daly and Réanna Morris) are back in full bling and with the help of new neighbor Rufus Jeter, a redneck with a heart of gold (Kyle Sanderson), they attempt to get Darlene Seward, the trailer park Scrooge (Ashley Garlick) to decorate her trailer so the park can win $10,000 in the Mobile Homes and Gardens trailer park decorating contest. Darlene hates Christmas but when she is accidentally electrocuted, her amnesia reveals a sweet, Christmas-loving personality. The cast races to win the decoration award before Darlene remembers her true persona, dancing and prancing through cat-fights and fist-fights, childhood memories, dreamy visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past (and Recent Past) and a whole lotta feudin’ brewed up by Jackson “Jackie” Boudreaux (Brian Watson), the boyfriend-bully-of-a-boss Darlene forgot about.
The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is written by Betsy Kelso, with music and lyrics by David Nehls and, as one would expect, is chock full of relentless campy humor and wild songs like “Christmas in My Mobile Home”, “12 Days of Amnesia”, “Baby I’ll Be Your Santa Claus”, “Christmas Leather Love”, and “Black and Blue On Christmas Eve”.
“I am so excited to spend the holidays down at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park,” said director Dyan McBride. “Trailer Park might be one of the funniest and weirdest holiday shows I’ve ever been a part of. And I’ve been a tap dancing reindeer, sung carols in countless malls and played every ghost in a children's theatre version of Christmas Carol, so that’s saying something. The most surprising part of ‘Trailer Park’ is its writing. The script is riotously funny, and at turns sentimental and filled with heart. The score is catchy and the lyrics are clever. It’s a contemporary, bananas, comic twist on Scrooge and I think Sierra Rep audiences will have a fantastic time at the theatre this holiday season. They are welcome to partake in the Keg-nog, and they shouldn’t hesitate to whoop it up, engage in a cat fight or throw a chair if the Trailer spirit moves them. I am also thrilled to spend the holidays with my friends on the artistic staff and my partner in all things theatrical, choreographer Staci Arriaga. This is our nineteenth show together and I am always inspired when making art with her.”
The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical closes out Sierra Rep’s 40th Anniversary season. The production sponsors are MicroTronics and Oak Valley Community Bank. The creative team for ‘Trailer Park’ includes Dyan McBride (director), Staci Arriaga (choreographer), Michael Kramer (scenic designer), Emily Wilson (costume designer), Joanna Hobbs (lighting designer), Henry Flores (properties designer) and Michael Kelly (production stage manager). This production is rated R and is not recommended for young children.