The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Music and Lyrics by David Nehls and Book by Besty Kelso


A country-rock and blues musical about agoraphobia, adultery, ’80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan, and disco, The Great American Trailer Park Musical centres around regular guy Norbert and his agoraphobic wife, Jeannie, whose marriage is threatened by Armadillo Acres’ newcomer, the hot young stripper Pippi. The trailer park also plays home to a Greek-chorus-like trio of women Linoleum, Betty and Pickles, each dysfunctional in her own right.

Show Dates:
Friday 20th of August
Saturday 21st of August
Wednesday 25th of August
Thursday 26th of August
Friday 27th of August
Saturday 28th of August

Doncaster Playhouse
679 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, VIC, 3108

Monday & Thursday nights 8pm-10pm
Sundays 12:00pm-5.00pm
Location: Boronia West Primary School, Tormore Rd, Boronia

First rehearsal – Monday 26th of April

Production Team:
Director: Justin Cleaver
Assistant Director: Verity Rose Brown
MD: Stuart Andrew
Choreographer: Natasha Harvey
Production Manager: Jennie Kellaway

Audition bookings will be taken online at


Boronia West Primary School, Tormore Rd, Boronia
Vocal Audition – Monday 19th April – 8pm-10.30pm
Call Backs –Wednesday 21st April – 8pm-10.30pm

Audition Requirements:
All auditionees should prepare two songs (not from the show); one that shows off vocal range and the other that demonstrates character in the style of the show. You may not be required to sing both songs but please be prepared if the production team requests.

Please bring sheet music (in the correct key) in a folder ready for the accompanist. Backing tracks cannot be used for this audition.

Please note it is unlikely you will complete songs so choose an appropriate part of the song which showcases your voice and range. Auditionees may be required to take part in a vocal range exercise.Bring a clear non-returnable head shot of yourself.

You may prepare a CV of your training and experience. Please provide details of singing, acting and dance training. If you don’t prepare a CV you will be asked to write these details on the audition form on the day of your audition.

Auditionees must be at least 18 years of age at the time of their audition.

The vocal audition should take approximately ten minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition (no earlier). Masks will be required to be worn in the waiting room but can be removed for your audition.

Character Information:

“The Love Triangle and The Villain”

Jeannie Garstecki, 40-45, 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, 40-45 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 of 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, 25-35 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 good 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, 25-30 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…

“The Girls”

Betty, 38-50 something. Betty attended high school with Norbert and Jeannie 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”, 30’s. 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-ass, she hints at a wild, rock-and-roll past and is the fieriest of “the girls.”

Donna “Pickles”, 18-25 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.