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'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'

Just for the fun of it, Oregon Stage Works is bringing back "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." The popular show enjoyed a full run at the Ashland theater from March 20 through April 20 and an equally successful run this month at Cascade Theatre in Redding, Calif.

The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays May 16-June 9, at 191 A St., Ashland.

First presented at the 2004 New York Musical Theater Festival, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" enjoyed an off-Broadway run and began touring this year. With music and lyrics by David Nehls, and book by the comedy writer and performer Betsy Kelso, the show presents a heartfelt, humorous look at the lives and loves of the eccentric characters who make up the trailer park community of Armadillo Acres, Fla.

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is aimed at all who enjoy a rowdy good time and a little irreverence," said the show's director, Peter Alzado.

The cast includes Tamara Marston who has appeared frequently at the Oregon Cabaret Theater in such shows as "Cindy Rella," "Nunsense" and "Kathy and Mo." Her most recent OSW productions include "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well" and "Nickel and Dimed," and she directed OSW's "The Boy Who Talked to Whales."

Jennifer Miller-Brian worked professionally in San Francisco and New York City, appearing regularly as a featured extra on "Saturday Night Live." Miller-Brian was seen most recently in OSW's "Witness for the Prosecution" and in Camelot Theatre's "The Grapes of Wrath."

Mia Chiaromonte is a recent transplant from Los Angeles, where she worked primarily with Theatre 68 and The MET. She trained with the South Coast Repertory's young conservatory and received her bachelor's degree in theatre from UC San Diego. This is her first role at OSW.

J.R. Storment makes his OSW debut after appearing in productions of "The Music Man," "Company," "Romeo and Juliet" and "My Very Own Story," which was performed at the 1996 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Heather Harlan, currently studying theatre and music at Southern Oregon University, comes to OSW after productions at Cascades Theatrical Company and The Obsidean Opera Company in Bend.

Joe Caron returns to OSW after roles in "Holiday Memories" and "The Elephant Man."

Juliana Wheeler was most recently seen in Camelot Theatre's production of "Meet Me in St. Louis" and productions at Ashland High School of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Ah, Wilderness," "Mame" and "Anything Goes."

The production's stage manager is Rowdy Yates, with choreography by Wendy Spurgeon, set design by Doug Ham, light design by Phil Shaw and costume design by Sue Cowper. J.C. Cook is in charge of props, and set painting is by Charles Couraud. Aaron Blenkush is both pianist and musical director for the show. The music ranges from country to rock, blues, R&B and disco.

After its Ashland run, a local theater-goer wrote: "Can you pease tell me the dates of the return of 'Trailer Trash?' We thought it was thoroughly tasteless, silly, and crude — and can't wait to have our friends from out of town see it!"

"The Trip to Bountiful," originally scheduled to open May 23, will open July 11 and run until Aug. 11. "Tales of Fannie Keenan: Better Known as Dora Hand" will open Aug. 29 and run until Sept. 29.

Tickets are $21-$25, general and $12 for students 21 and under.

See www.oregonstageworks.org or call 482-2334.

Oregon Stage Works brings back its popular show, 'The Great American Trailer Park Musical.' - Photo by Susan Cowper