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A lot of fun at the trailer park.

Byline: Mark Baker The Register-Guard

` `The Honeymooners' meets `The Best Little Whorehouse in Urinetown.' '

That's how the New York Post The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily.[3] Since 1976, it has been owned by Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and is one of the 10  described "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" when it hit off-Broadway in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
 on Sept. 27, 2005.

Eugene's Maida Belove, when she first saw it performed in midtown Manhattan a year earlier, had this reaction: ``I thought it was hysterical. I thought, `I want to be in this.' ''

Well, at least she gets to direct it.

Actors Cabaret of Eugene is staging the show, and it is Belove's first time directing a full musical. The show opens Friday at ACE and is scheduled to run four straight weekends through Sept. 22.

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is a twisted trailer park tale of love gone wrong - way wrong.

When Actors Cabaret members went to the Big Apple in 2004 to perform "Pretty Faces" - a musical about "plus-sized women" - as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival Each year, during a three-week fall Festival, the New York Musical Theatre Festival presents more than thirty new musicals at venues in New York City's midtown theater district. More than half of these productions are chosen by leading theater artists and producers through an , they shared an off-Broadway theater on West 43rd Street with the original cast of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical."

The casts tripped over each other's sets backstage, says Belove, a Eugene real estate agent who has been involved in theater most of her life.

(Belove's big claim to fame, though, is probably that she is seen about 30 times as an extra in 1978's "Animal House," filmed in Eugene and Cottage Grove. She's the one who swiped the beanie bean·ie  
A small brimless cap.

[Probably from bean, head.]


Brit, Austral & NZ close-fitting woollen hat

 off of Flounder's head and disappeared with it the first time he entered the infamous Delta house.)

When the rights to the musical became available, it seemed like a no-brainer for Actors Cabaret to produce it, Belove says.

She has chosen three local actresses from the "Pretty Faces" cast to play the "girls trio" - the roles of Linn (Laura Holden), Pickles (Amanda Fackrell) and Betty (Michelle Sellers).

Picture the Supremes or the Andrews Sisters or the Pointer Sisters - but picture them stepping over roadkill road·kill  
1. An animal or animals killed by being struck by a motor vehicle.

2. Slang One that has failed or been defeated and is no longer worthy of consideration:
 on their way to Wal-Mart in hot pants and high heels, eating Pringles and Cheez Whiz along the way.

The setting is Starke, Fla., about 25 miles southwest of Jacksonville - and 11 miles east of Florida State Prison Florida State Prison (FSP), also known as Raiford Prison (because of its proximity to Raiford, Florida) or Starke Prison, formerly known as Union Correctional Institution,[1] is a correctional facility located in Starke, Florida in Bradford County.  (also known as Starke Prison), where Ted Bundy and other serial killers were executed in "Old Sparky Old Sparky A generic, ghoulishly facetious name for any electric chair used in capital punishment. See Capital punishment. Cf Hangman's fracture. ," the prison's electric chair.

"They like to execute people in this town," Belove says. "But it only works when the electricity is off in Starke."

More specifically, the setting within Starke is Armadillo armadillo (är'mədĭl`ō), New World armored mammal of the order Edentata, a group that also includes the sloth and the anteater, characterized by peglike teeth without roots or enamel.  Acres, Florida's most exclusive trailer park, if there can be such a thing. It's a land of double-wides, beer swilling, chemical sniffing, teenage pregnancy teenage pregnancy Adolescent pregnancy, teen pregnancy Social medicine Pregnancy by a ♀, age 13 to 19; TP is usually understood to occur in a ♀ who has not completed her core education–secondary school, has few or no marketable skills, is  and guns.

And there's a new tenant in this delightful environment, a stripper Stripper

Slang for an individual homeowner who strips the equity out of his or her home through mortgage refinancing. Proceeds are generally not re-invested, but spent on consumer goods.


Most people get rich by saving and investing wisely.
 on the run named Pippi (Rebecca Teran) who's wreaking havoc. When she comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic ag·o·ra·pho·bi·a  
An abnormal fear of open or public places.

[Greek agor
 Jeannie (Margaret Innocenti) and her toll-collector husband, Norbert, (Don Kelley), the result is a love triangle from hell.

Mark Van Beever, who provides the play's musical direction, also steps out on stage in the role of Duke.

Written by Betty Kelso, with music and lyrics by David Nehls, "Trailer Park" is "American blue collar soap opera set to music," according to a Denver Post critic.

With songs such as "This Side of the Tracks," "Road Kill" and "Flushed Down the Pipes," Belove says the music "is amazing; the story is very funny."

Audience members are even encouraged to dress up (or come as they are) in their favorite trailer park-trash outfits and vie for prizes.

"It's a hoot - I promise," Belove says.

Just leave the children at home.


The Great American Trailer Park Musical

What: Local version of the off-Broadway musical

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sept. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22

Where: Actors Cabaret, 996 Willamette St.

Tickets: $18 reserved, $15 general admission, $34.95 with dinner; call 683-4368
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Date:Aug 30, 2007
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