Monday, April 11, 2011
To get to Hail Mary! you have to say goodbye to the Trailer Park
by Tom Quinn, Artistic Director
What a great time we had here with The Great American Trailer Park Musical. As a co-production with Philadelphia’s 11th Hour Theatre Company, we enjoyed a truly successful collaboration. Once the musical had closed on a Saturday night, props, costumes, wigs and assorted equipment were boxed up in preparation to move the show downtown. On Sunday, the set was taken down, almost as if it were an archeological dig, with each piece carefully marked and copious notes taken for the reconstruction of the set in June. All these essentials were loaded into a 17 foot U-Haul and packed into a storage unit to go into slumber mode while it awaits another escort, only this time to the Arden Theatre in Old City.
This was our second co-production with 11th Hour, the first with a mounting of Reefer Madness, the Musical two years ago. Both great experiences. Shared costs and resources is the immediate realized benefit. But the shared artistry is without question its greatest reward.