Great American Trailer Park Musical brings belly laughs to Tybee

THIS weekend, Tybee Post Theater transforms into a familiar Southern scene with the rowdy and hilarious Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Several trailers stay on stage the whole time, part of “Armadillo Acres,” with quirky characters going back and forth between them in the old theatrical style of the “door-slammer” comedy.

“It’s like an English farce in a trailer park,” laughs director Tom Coleman, who helms this production by Savannah Community Theatre.

click to enlarge The 'Trailer Park Trio'
The 'Trailer Park Trio'

However, the humor is not very prim or proper, perhaps best described as a cross between South Park and Desperate Housewives.

Local theatre veteran Jeffery Hall is Norbert, unfaithful husband of Jeannie (Jenny Lobel), whose agoraphobia confines her to the porch.

Pippi, a “stripper on the run,” enters the scene, along with her druggie ex-boyfriend Duke, things get weird.

“This is a really funny show and I enjoy being back in a musical comedy again,” says Hall.

Coleman says the mostly veteran cast is throwing themselves into the silliness with abandon.

“You read the script and at first you think, this is really juvenile stuff,” he laughs. “But when you see it play out onstage it just gets funnier and funnier and you can’t help yourself.”

Sandra Nix, Maia Collins, and Hope Strickland are the gossipy “Trailer Park Trio” who comprise the equivalent of a classic Greek Chorus.

In the role of Duke, Coleman welcomes a friend and former student Chris Williams to the cast, down from New York just for this show.

Local music legend Chris Chandler serves as musical director.


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