The Trailer Park comes to Western

Guest Column Opinion

The Great American Trailer Park Musical had their opening night tonight in the Potter Theatre to a large audience and had a great opening night.

I will not spoil anything about the play, but the actors and actresses were very pleased with the opening night turnout and how the show went.

Cole Kurcz played Duke, the ex-boyfriend of the stripper Pippi, played by Bonnie Bouc, and was very happy with how opening night went overall.

“The crowd was big, and that made me happy, and the audience laughed at most places we hoped for and laughed at others we didn’t expect,” Kurcz said. “And for opening night, this went great.”

Bouc played a stripper who comes to the trailer park named Armadillo Acres and brings a lot of havoc and trouble with her.

Bouc’s been in productions at Missouri Western before, but she was very happy with how opening night went.

“This was an amazing opening night,” Bouc said. “The turnout was awesome, and I know personally, nothing went wrong, I’m very happy.”

With this being a musical there was obviously a lot of singing. On this night, the singing was grand. With a great band behind the cast and great sound managing, the entire musical sounded great.

Everyone got their own time to shine in the musical, with the strengths of the entire cast being shown.

New to the theater scene was Matthew Tenpenny. He played Norbert, one of the main characters in the musical.

Even with this being his first time acting at Western, he felt comfortable and confident.

“I got the jitters for a bit, but I think it went really,” Tenpenny said. “The turnout was awesome, and the crowd laughed at things I didn’t expect. Can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.”

The play itself was opened Off-Broadway at Bows at Dodger Stadium in 2005. The show closed less than two months later, but has reappeared a lot ever since then internationally.

The production done here at Missouri Western was very well. Having a large turnout really helped, and with a crowd ready to laugh, this was a recipe for success.

“I can’t wait for the rest of the shows and what the crowd will react to then,” Bouc said.

There will be five more chances for you to see The Great American Trailer Park Musical: Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m. and Oct. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.