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Members of the cast. Members of the cast.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical" runs from April 24 through May 3.
By SDSU News Team

San Diego State University's School of Theatre, Television, and Film presents "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," with music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso. 

This is not your Mother’s musical! The Broadway musical romp takes the audience to Florida’s most exclusive down-home trailer park, Armadillo Acres. Packed with quirky characters, big hair and road kill, this delightfully trashy, double-wide comedy will leave viewers doubled over with laughter.

An ensemble of wacky neighbors

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is directed and choreographed by master of fine arts in musical theatre candidates Kikau Alvaro and Jacob Brent who have added an ensemble to the show, which is usually performed without one.

“We’re inviting more people to the party and populating Armadillo Acres with more characters,” Alvaro explained. “As the show has only been performed off-Broadway in New York, it’s fun to think of what the Broadway version would look and feel like. There is certainly a lot more choreography in our version. The audience will be on board with us from the first moment.  This show is pure fun.” 
“The ensemble gives this piece more of a sense of community,” Brent said. “Being from the south, I have several family members who could be in this show. There are a lot of laughs, and there is also a lot of heart.  It’s kind of like that guilty pleasure TV show that we all have but don’t want anyone to know we watch.” 

Value in teamwork

For Alvaro and Brent, directing this show has fulfilled a bucket list dream, and the journey has developed a partnership they hope to continue.

"It’s just a good show with a lot of laughs,” Brent said, “For me, it’s been an opportunity to refine and develop a true collaboration and with Kikau.  We have been studying great theatrical teams in our history class.  Maybe one day they will be studying us, and it all started here at SDSU.”

More information

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical" runs April 24 through May 3. Shows on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for students and are available through the online box office

This production contains mature themes: parental guidance is recommended.