Thursday September 27, 2012

DORSET -- The Dorset Players open the first show of their 85th season, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," a two-act musical written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso that "explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida. Agoraphobia, adultery, spray cheese, road kill, kleptomania, flan and disco" -- Really! -- on Friday, Oct. 5.

The show, at the Dorset Playhouse, runs two weeks through Oct. 14.

In a unique audience availability, there will also be several tables on stage during each performance where audience members can sit and be a part of the on-stage action.

The play finds Norbert Garstecki with big plans to take his wife Jeannie out on the town for their 20th wedding anniversary. The problem is, she hasn't left their trailer in all that time. Frustrated with his failing marriage Norbert starts up a steamy affair with new tenant Pippi, a stripper who has just blown in from Oklahoma City. Hot on Pippi's trail is her crazy ex-boyfriend Duke who will do almost anything to get her back. It just rolls on from there.

Helping to tell the story are Betty (leasing manager of this fine housing community), Linoleum (so named after being born on the kitchen floor), and Pickles (so desperate to get pregnant that she's convinced herself that she is). Storms begin to brew when all these elements come together and "things are heatin' up on this side of the tracks."

Be aware that this show contains strong language and adult humor.


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The Dorset Playhouse is located on Cheney Road. Performances will be Oct. 5-7, 12-13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, $10 for age 18 and under. For tickets and information call 802-867-5777 starting Oct. 1. On-stage audience tables are $200 and seats four people; contact Sheila Conway at 802-867-5570 if interested in purchasing a table.