Dear Playhouse Patrons and Friends –
It seems only yesterday we were announcing the new 2012-2013 Season of plays and
musicals being offered here at 6th Street Playhouse, and here we are already past the opening of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the G. K. Hardt Theatre, and heading into technical and dress rehearsals for next week’s opening of The Great American Trailer Park Musical in the Studio Theatre! Time really does fly when we are having so much fun around the Playhouse. And, that is exactly what you will be having as well if you join us at the top of our season for either one of these great musicals.
I have been enamored with Seven Brides since I was nineteen years old, which was when I played one of the seven brothers in a summer stock production in 1993. It was the first time that I ever got paid for being an actor in a production, which any actor can tell you is a landmark event in their career! I went on to have an opportunity to direct Seven Brides for a high school in 2000, and now here I am again producing this great show in 2012 as our season opener. One of our missions here at 6th Street is to delight our audiences, and that is exactly what Seven Brides has to offer – it is absolutely delightful from top to bottom, embracing all of the splendor and romp of the raucous 1954 MGM movie classic. Director, Patrick Varner offers us a cast of twenty-eight colorful and larger-than-life characters, beautiful and jubilant dance choreography by Alexandra Cummins, and a fight scene or two – it is the perfect way to open the season!
Next up in the Studio Theatre is The Great American Trailer Park Musical, which boldly embraces every whacky and silly stereotype of the trailer park life in the good ole’ U.S. of A. Adorned with plastic pink flamingos, empty PBR cans, an assortment of “lawn furniture,” and three full-sized trailers – the stage in the Studio Theatre is set for some irreverent, trash-talkin’ fun for all. The story is set in and around Armadillo Acres – a “manufactured housing community” in Starke, Florida – where an on-the-run stripper, named Pippi, shows up to lay low from a maniacal boyfriend, and in the process wreaks hurricane-like-havoc on the trailer park and its residents! Featuring a cast of seven talented Playhouse favorites, the play is being served up in true trailer park style by Director Barry Martin, Choreographer Alise Girard, and Music Director Lucas Sherman and his four-piece rock band.
We hope that you will join us for both of these great shows, and celebrate the opening of our new season. Thank you for your patronage and support!
See you at the Playhouse!
Craig A. Miller, Artistic Director