The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Grab your britches and tell your kin because Trustus Theatre is announcing the upcoming holiday hit, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso and directed by Robin Gottlieb with music direction by Randy Moore running from December 2 – December 17.

The finest trailer park in all of North Florida, Armadillo Acres, is gearing up for the Christmas season and the tenants couldn’t be more giddy- that is, everyone but newcomer Darlene. When a freak bout of amnesia strikes Darlene, the trailer park Scrooge, due to some improperly wired decorations, neighborly love is put to the test. Between an unexpected love affair and one-too-many glasses of Keg Nog, the outrageousness that Betty, Lin, Pickles and the rest of the cast will bring to the Thigpen Mainstage will be a hootin’ and hollerin’ time for mature audiences only!

Chad Henderson, artistic director, excitedly says, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical was such a sold-out success when we first ran it in 2011 that we opened our next season with a revival of it in 2012. Audiences loved these slapdash characters that were comedic and outlandish, but were ultimately relatable. You don’t need to have seen the first musical to appreciate this story, and this is the perfect show for patrons wanting to get into the spirit – but prefer a more adult-alternative approach. If audiences truly love comedies (as I’m often led to believe), then this will be the hottest ticket in the Midlands this holiday season.”

“I play Betty, the leasing manager of North Florida’s most exclusive manufactured housing community,” says actress Vicky Henderson. “Along with two other very colorful women, Lin (a death row widow) and Pickles (a spunky yet naive, new mom who’s also newly single), they serve as the modern-day Greek chorus of sorts, helping the audience get to know the residents and relevant happenings of Armadillo Acres. We do a lot of bonding with the audience, making sure you feel like more like family and less like a visitor before the night is through. Whether or not you saw the first show, you will recognize these lovable characters as they without a doubt appear in your own life. This is a perfect show to decompress with friends from the busyness of the holidays.”

Opening night for The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is Friday, December 2 at 8:00 pm. Other shows are Saturday, December 3 at 8:00pm, Sunday, December 4 at 3:00pm, Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30pm, Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30pm, Thursday, December 8 at 7:30pm, Friday, December 9 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 10 at 8:00pm, Sunday, December 11 at 3:00pm, Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30pm, Thursday, December 15 at 7:30pm, Friday, December 16 at 8:00pm and Saturday, December 17 at 8:00pm.Tickets are available at the Trustus box office or online at Box office hours are Wednesday-Friday from 2-6 pm.

Making Noise in Columbia!

American Idiot is making a lot of noise here in Columbia – literally. We’ve had a wild season of auditions, rehearsals, opening night and continued performances that have continuously rocked the main stage. In addition to the easily recognizable Green Day musical hits, American Idiot draws a lot of power from telling a human story. We’d love for you to join us as we find connection and belonging in a culture that seems to become more disconnected and out of touch with humanity. Read it for yourself in the most recent reviews that are buzzing around the Columbia streets:

“Indeed, while Green Day and American Idiot’s name recognition should certainly help bring the crowds, Ibrahim’s confidence comes as much from her company’s willingness to take risks — and the artists’ commitment to making sure that those reaches are consistently worthwhile”. – More from Free Times here:
“With over 20 screens, a projector, four video feeds, LED light strips and a confetti feature, audiences can expect a new experience on the Trustus stage.” via The State Newspaper here:
American Idiot musical shakes up traditional theatre.” See more from  The Daily Gamecock here:
“In those moments, I was often surprised by how well most of the songs translated so deftly to the stage, even for folks who aren’t necessarily fans of the band and familiar with the album, thanks to how electrifying it is to see them brought to life.” More from Jasper Magazine – The Word on Columbia Arts here:
“[American Idiot] undeniably rocks out at full throttle… It would be hard to find a better way to spend an hour and 40 minutes as part of a fun night out in the Vista.” – see more here:


You have a limited chance to see what Columbia critics are raving about. We can’t wait to see you in the audience as we rock the stage and create topics you’ll be discussing long after you leave our theatre. Without our audience, we wouldn’t be able to bring this two time Tony Award-winning production to town. For more information on American Idiotvisit or call 803.254.9732.