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The Great American Trail Park Musical opens Feb. 21


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: PAUL FARDIG - Roger Welch as Norbert and Stephanie Heuston as Pippi in Stumptown Stages 'The Great American Trailer Park Musical.' The musical opens Feb. 21.Stumptown Stages’ final production of its eighth musical season is “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” with music and lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso and directed by Kirk Mouser.

The musical opens Feb. 21 and continues through March 10 with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Brunish Theater in Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland.

Tickets range in price from $15 to $30 and can be purchased by calling 503-946-7272, online at ticketswest.com or at the PCPA box office.

The story begins with a new tenant at Armadillo Acres — 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.

Kirk Mouser directs the musical. He is celebrating his eighth season with Stumptown Stages having directed “Urinetown,” “Rapture,” “Reefer Madness,” “Grease,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Wiz,” “Godspell,” “Rent,” The Last 5 Years,” “A Chorus Line” and “Ebenezer Ever After.” He previously served as the associate managing director of Luna Stage Company in Montclair, New Jersey. During his 20-year career in New York City, Kirk had the privilege of working with esteemed directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird (“Les Misérables”), and Hal Prince (“The Phantom of the Opera”). He currently chairs the Arts Action Foundation, Clackamas County Arts Alliance and serves on the ARTPAC board. Mouser studied at the LA City College Theater Academy and holds a BS from Warner Pacific College and MBA from Marylhurst University.

Beth Sobo Turk plays Donna “Pickles.” She was last seen as the nerdy street urchin Chiffon in “Little Shop of Horrors” (Broadway Rose). Other work includes “Gracie & the Atom” (Gracie), the national tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (with Ted Neeley), “The Secret Garden” (Mary Lennox), “Annie Get Your Gun” (Winnie Tate), “The Miracle Worker” (Annie Sullivan), and as featured singer on multiple international cruise lines.

Roger Welch plays Norbert Garstecki. Welch is an award winning director and artistic director for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. In 2010 he celebrated his 100th production for the theatre group, directing such shows as “Spamalot,” “A Little Night Music,” “Once on this Island,” “Dames at Sea,” “Annie,” “Chicago,” and “Blame it on the Movies,” “My Fair Lady,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Sound of Music,” “Showboat,” “HMS Pinafore,” and the award winning production of “Mame.” Welch has graced the stage with such parts as The Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of OZ,” Mitch in “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Thenadier in “Les Miserables,” The Baker in “Into the Woods,” and as Gus the Theatre Cat in “CATS.”

Stephanie Heuston plays Pippi. Her recent credits include “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Awesome 80’s Dance Prom,” “Sweet Charity,” “The King and I,” “Aladdin,” “Eating Raoul,” “Company,” “Prometheus,” “Pippin,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Singing in the Rain,” “1942 Christmas From Home,” “Oklahoma,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Other cast members are Debbie Hunter as Jeannie Garstecki, Laurie Campbell-Leslie as Linoleum Lin and Lisamarie Harrison as Betty.