Sincerity was key for this musical to work. Thankfully director Jeff Whiting guided his actors effortlessly on their emotional journey. It was clear Whiting focused on the character work. The only struggle Whiting had was the rules of movement within the trailer park. The set by Jason Ardizzone-West was quite stellar. The two units with the trailer photo panels allowed the audience to get the sense of the world. But Whiting had difficulty defining the entrances and exits and the interior and exterior. It was a bit messy but you can completely forgive this after everything he did right. Costume designer Sarah Cubbage easily transported the characters into this world. Even with the vivacious Flossie, the costumes felt natural on the characters. Jordan Kamalu wrote a beautiful score. But it was amplified by the flawless orchestrations. This score sounds drastically different just on piano. Let’s be real, you can’t have country music without a guitar. And the addition of the guitar, bass, and drums gives it the country vibe that truly sets it apart.
If you can’t tell by now, I can’t stop talking about Single Wide. It got me excited. Like the story, there is so much hope in this musical. The contemporary country music genre doesn’t quite get the respect it deserves in theater. Single Wide is here to change that notion. For where it is, Single Wide is in good shape. Nelson and Kamalu have some work to do but it’s all for the better. Keep your eye on this one. When the moment is right, Single Wide will take theater by storm.