While there will always be a special place for holiday classics like "A Christmas Story," "It's A Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and the ubiquitous "A Christmas Carol," Stow Players' Christmas offering is a little off the beaten path.
"The Great American Trailer Park Musical," with book by Betsy Kelso and music and lyrics by David Nehls, is a fantastic show for someone looking for a Christmas comedy. But you may want to consider leaving the kiddos at home for this one: the show, which opened Nov. 18, does have strong language and more than a few suggestive jokes. But for those with a bawdier side, the high-energy musical provides nearly non-stop laughs at the Nov. 19 performance.The musical is set in a Northern Florida trailer park. Most of the residents, including park manager Betty (Theresa Dean of Bedford) and her best friends Linoleum -- Lin for short -- (Shani Carlson Ferry of Stow) and Pickles (Jessica West of Kent), along with neighbor Rufus Jeter (Matt Rondini of Aurora), are decking their halls with strings of lights, small beer can trees, and toasting with Keg Nog. They want to win the cash award in the Mobile Homes and Gardens trailer park decorating contest. However, their neighbor Darlene Seward (Chanda Porter of Barberton, formerly of Cuyahoga Falls) has been taking lesson's from Scrooge's handbook (the pre-reformed Scrooge, that is), and ridicules their efforts.
Darlene changes her holiday tune after an electrical shock gives her amnesia. This gives Betty, Pickles and Lin some hope that the curse on the trailer park may be eliminated once and for all, and sparks ignite between Darlene and Rufus. This change in Darlene does not thrill her boyfriend Jackie Boudreaux (Chris Macchione of Hudson), a lecherous and greedy owner of a series of restaurant chains.
"The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" is directed by David Stebbins, who is also the musical director.
The musical runs through Dec. 10; Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. There is one Sunday matinee Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. All Stow Players shows are produced at The Heritage Barn in Stow's Silver Springs Park, at the Young Road entrance.
For reservations and information call 234-206-0128 (new number). Tickets at the door are cash or check only. Visit www.stowplayers.net for more information.
Stow Players will have a Cabaret fundraiser Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Barn. The evening will include food, wine, raffles and prizes, and will be emceed by Tom Stephan.
Stow Players' next show is "The Velveteen Rabbit," based on the book by Margery Williams, which can be seen Jan. 27 through Feb. 11. Auditions for this show are Dec. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m., and Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Heritage Barn.
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