Director Jerry Zimmerman will hold auditions for “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” on Sunday, Jan. 7 and Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the theatre located at 118 S. Race St. in Van Wert, beginning at 7 p.m. both nights.

Come join the hilarity and be a resident of Armadillo Acres trailer park in Florida. There’s a new tenant, and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, the storms begin to brew. Show dates are March 8, 9, 10, 11*, 15, 16, 17, 18* (curtain at 8 p.m. with *2 p.m. matinees on Sundays).

Come with a short, prepared piece (16 measures at the most) that demonstrates your range and style of singing.

CHARACTERS

JEANNIE GARSTECKI, 35-45 ish years old. Jeannie has lived in a trailer at Armadillo Acres for 20 years with her husband and high-school sweetheart, Norbert. A faded beauty, she was 17 when she married, 18 when her son was born and 23 when he got kidnapped. That, coupled with a really bad perm, has turned her into an agoraphobic. She hasn’t left her trailer in all these years, and the man she loves is drifting further and further away, and she’s determined to get him back… that is if she could manage to get out of the trailer to do it.

NORBERT GARSTECKI, 35-45 ish years old. Jeannie’s husband Norbert collects tolls for a living and tries to be as good a husband as one can be to an agoraphobic. A former high-school football star, he has rugged good looks marred by fatigue and the stress of his difficult marriage. He is a simple man who desperately wishes his wife could get out of the trailer, but he’s not equipped with the emotional or intellectual tools to help her do it. He has never loved or slept with a woman other than Jeannie. That is until he meets Pippi.

PIPPI, 20 – 35 ish years old. Pippi is a striking beauty with a great body and a taste for clothing that shows it off. Up to this point, Pippi’s life has been about surviving. She is a professional stripper who has gotten by on her looks and talents for dancing and petty theft. She means no harm and is ready to stop making bad choices and start making changes, but first she has to get lost in a hick-town trailer park in North Florida so she won’t be found by her last bad choice… Duke.

DUKE, 20 – 30 ish years old. Duke is Pippi’s obsessive, possessive, and excessive Magic Marker-sniffing boyfriend; “ex”-boyfriend according to Pippi. Not so, according to Duke. Not the brightest guy south of the Mason-Dixon Line, Duke leaves a trail of disaster in his wake wherever he goes. His road trip to Starke is no exception and his arrival at the trailer park is full of surprises…even for a group of people who have had their share of excitement.

BETTY, 40-50-something. Betty attended high school with Norbert and Jeannie Garstecki and has lived at Armadillo Acres for just as long. She now runs the leasing office and makes it her business to know everything about everybody who passes through the trailer park. Though a self-proclaimed “bad-ass,” Betty is really a mother hen to the denizens of the trailer park. Of all “The Girls,” Betty is the most grounded, earthy and dry.

LINOLEUM “LIN,” 30s. So-named because her mother gave birth to her on the kitchen floor, Linoleum has a husband on death row at the Florida State Prison. His fate is an electric chair that doesn’t work properly unless most of the town’s electricity is turned off So Lin watches everyone’s lights and appliances very closely in the hopes that she can keep the chair on the fritz. Sometimes self- absorbed and sometimes just a smart-alec, she hints at a wild, rock-and-roll past and is the fieriest of “The Girls.”

DONNA “PICKLES,” 17 years old. A newlywed, Donna is called “Pickles’ because she is perpetually hysterically pregnant–that is, she’s so convinced she should be pregnant she’s exhibiting symptoms. Her husband is a lot fancier than she is, as he is from the big city of Jacksonville. His parents haven’t been very supportive of his marital choice, so Pickles is desperate to give her husband a family of his own even if she has to fake it. The dimmest of “The Girls,” Pickles is airy, sweet and blissfully ignorant.

Come join the fun as this show is cast and brought to the stage. No experience on stage? No problem. Everyone is welcome at VWCT auditions.

Our current production, “Death Trap” is well into rehearsal mode and promises to be a huge success with our audience members. The box office will begin accepting reservations for “Death Trap” on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Mark your calendar so you won’t miss “Death Trap” with show dates Jan. 18, 19, 20, 21* and 25, 26, 27, 28* Thursday through Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matiness at 2 p.m. All tickets for “Death Trap” are $13. Call the box office at 419-238-9689 between 2-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information visit our website at vwct.org or email jan@vwct.org.

Van Wert Civic Theatre is a local, non-profit community theatre run entirely by volunteers. It is a hidden gem right in the heart of Van Wert. Make plans to join us for “Death Trap” in January and “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” in March. You’ll be glad you did!