CF’s Great American Trailer Park Musical sees success with students and community members alike

Starting April 15 and running through April 17, the CF Musical Theatre put on their rendition of the dramatic comedy The Great American Trailer Park Musical. The musical was praised by audience members, and despite its place as the last performance of the Fall and Spring semesters it was seen by many as one of the most entertaining of the year.

“I thought it was really good. It was really well put together,” said audience member Kayla Gross. “I’ve seen a few student productions at schools, community colleges like this before, and this had to be one of the best.”

The musical’s run was very successful with each showing drawing a nearly full house, only a few stackable chairs in the back of the auditorium left open. The final Sunday afternoon performance selling out seats completely the day before the musical’s first showing even began.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical set in the fictional Armadillo Acres trailer park in nearby Starke, Florida managed to bring its audience much laughter and fun. Audience members praised its unique blend of lowbrow Florida comedy, and strong production values.

CF cast members of “Great American Trailer Park Musical" gather center stage to sing the finale piece.

CF cast members of “Great American Trailer Park Musical” gather center stage to sing the finale piece.

“People really seemed to really connect with this type of comedy,” remarked director Kim Wise.

The play’s bright sets and the performer’s talented renditions of the musical’s comedic and more dramatic songs were praised as exceptional by many members of the audience.

CF students Ken Huynh and Sierra Oliver were particularly pleased commenting on how each small production piece worked together wonderfully, from lighting, sound, to prop work and actor ability.

“I liked that it had a lot of adult content,” Huynh said. He explained that he hadn’t seen many plays display and joke about sexual topics before and enjoyed how open the play’s content was with its adult themes.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical was director Kim Wise’s first run in the role of director though she has previously choreographed for CF’s rendition of Cabaret.

Wise praised the student actors who worked under her for the Great American Trailer Park Musical.

“It went great, the kids did a great job it was wonderful,” Wise said. “This audience was great, we had a great opening night too.”

Maureen Degen, the student actress who played trailer park resident Linoleum (Lin) stated she had great time working on the musical

“It was a fun show every night, I had fun,” Degen said. “I really enjoyed it.”

Story by: Melissa Gomez

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