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Column: Take a go to to ‘The Nice American Trailer Park’

Musicals have taken place in every kind of magical and far-flung areas and nonetheless managed to seize elemental human truths. However as “The Nice American Trailer Park Musical,” Miners Alley Playhouse’s newest manufacturing, hilariously demonstrates, you possibly can entry those self same truths in locations just a little nearer to dwelling.

“What’s so particular concerning the present is it offers such an awesome snapshot of humanity in all of its completely imperfect mess,” mentioned Piper Arpan, the manufacturing’s director and choreographer. “The characters are very open and unapologetic about who they’re and what they’ve skilled. This lets you see the ability of actual, genuine human connection.”

“The Nice American Trailer Park Musical,” that includes music and lyrics by David Nehls and e-book by Betsy Kelso, is taking part in at Miners Alley1224 Washington Ave. in Golden, from Friday, Jan. 27 by means of Sunday, March 5. Performances are 7:30 pm Thursday by means of Saturday and a pair of pm on Sunday.

Nehls and Kelso started writing the present in 1997 and ultimately premiered it off-Broadway in 2005. Within the ensuing years productions have been carried out all around the nation, however Nehls was nonetheless delighted when Len Matheo, Miners Alley’s inventive/govt director, pitched the concept of ​​doing the present.

“I used to be the musical director right here for ‘As soon as’ and ‘Hair,’ so I used to be thrilled,” Nehls, who can be offering musical course for this manufacturing, mentioned. “The present is just a little wild due to its naughty nature, however it’s so a lot enjoyable when carried out proper.”

The story (which options some updates from its unique kind) is about in Armadillo Acres trailer park in Florida and focuses on Jeanie (Abby Apple Boes), an agoraphobic, actuality tv fan, her tollbooth collector husband Norbert (Rory Pierce) and Pippi ( Norrell Moore), a stripper on the run. The collision of those three folks makes for a stormy state of affairs that’s each laugh-out-loud humorous and transferring.

“We by no means wish to look like we’re making enjoyable of individuals in trailer parks as a result of we’re not,” Nehls mentioned. “We’re shining a lightweight on individuals who do not get numerous visibility within the theater, particularly as a result of the conditions are common.”

The manufacturing has taken over Miners Alley in the easiest way potential, with the trailer park atmosphere spilling over into the foyer and the musical facet greeting audiences earlier than they’ve even discovered their seats.

“The music is unbelievably good, particularly with this forged,” Arpan mentioned. “There’s a lot candor, humor and coronary heart within the music and the vocal prowess now we have is unbelievable.”

We may all use just a little escape and for a good time that takes you away out of your troubles, you would be laborious pressed to discover a higher night out.

“I hope audiences come away with a way of pleasure,” Nehls mentioned. “The present will let folks overlook what is going on on outdoors the door and allow them to simply giggle and have an emotional expertise.”

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Have fun jazz royalty with the CJRO

One in all my favourite issues about jazz music is the way in which musicians continually discover highly effective and intriguing methods to pay homage to the music of the previous. The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra’s (CJRO) is doing simply that with a pair of performances entitled From Counts to Dukes.

The performances will likely be at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 21 on the Arvada Middle6901 Wadsworth Blvd., and at 7:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 22 on the Lone Tree Arts Middle10075 Commons St. Each performances will function vocalist Marion Energy and the complete orchestra, all below the management of inventive director, Drew Zaremba.

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The March household involves Lakewood Cultural Middle

The story Louisa Might Alcott informed in “Little Girls” is one which by no means appears to age and now Efficiency Now Theater Firm is bringing the Broadway musical model of the March sisters to the Lakewood Cultural Middle470 S. Allison Parkway.

Directed by Victoria Holloway, “Little Girls” will run on the heart by means of Sunday, Jan. 19.

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Clarke’s Live performance of the Week—YG on the Fillmore Auditorium

Compton’s Y.G. simply loves rapping. And who can blame him—in case you had been nearly as good at it as he’s, you’d like it, too. His 2014 debut studio album, “My Krazy Life,” is without doubt one of the finest rap information of the 2010s and within the ensuing years he is launched a string of fantastic albums and song-stealing visitor verses.

YG is bringing his Crimson Cup Tour to Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium1510 Clarkson St., at 7 pm on Friday, Jan. 20. The present needs to be an ideal repudiation to the dreary winter doldrums we discover ourselves at present in, so get tickets at

Clarke Reader’s column on tradition seems on a weekly foundation. He might be reached at


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