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Theatre Victoria's latest musical aimed to reach different audience

By JR Ortega
Feb. 11, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.


Coming up

If "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is not your style, don't worry; the Theatre Victoria has you covered. Though it has not yet announced its full lineup, here is what Crossroads playgoers have to look forward to.

•  "Mama Won't Fly"

This production is about a daughter trying to get her stubborn Alabama mother on a plane to be present at her son's wedding in California. The problem - Mama won't fly. The production follows the daughter and mother and her new daughter-in-law, who has chosen the wrong time to introduce herself as they make their way road-tripping to California.

Performance dates: 7:30 p.m. April 25-27 and May 1-3; 2 p.m. April 26 and 7 p.m. April 30.

•  "Beauty and the Beast"

Performance dates: Not official yet; will be last weekend of July.

IF YOU GO

•  WHAT: "The Great American Trailer Park Musical"

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15; 2 p.m. Feb. 16; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22

• WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

• COST: Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $19 for students, children and military.

• INFO: For more information or to purchase tickets, visit theatrevictoria.org or call the box office at 361-570-8587.

Theatre Victoria's "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is still looking for an audience - or, should we say, tenants.

Scott Mohon, the theater's executive director said when choosing this musical, the goal was to hit a different audience altogether.

"It's a different kind of avenue for us to go on," he said. "It's pure comedy."

Mohon calls the humor a marriage of "Married with Children" with "King of the Hill" with "The Simpsons" - well, if it isn't all my favorite shows?

There is still plenty of seats available, Mohon said, and that could be because the production is a bit more mature and intended for adult audiences.

"It's fun," he said. "But it's great entertainment."

The production is very different from what the theater does, Mohon said.

"It's definitely not 'Beauty and the Beast,'" he said. "It's not the 'Arsenic and Old Lace' and Neil Simon comedy."

The musical stars a new tenant at Armadillo Acres who is stirring up trouble. The production also features a stripper on the run, an agoraphobic woman and a toll-booth worker - all residents of this wonderfully, trashy trailer park, of course.

It definitely sounds like something to show up to, if you're into that kind of humor.

"We try and mix it up to all audiences," Mohon said.

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