Interview with Greater Tuna Cast
By David Johanssen
Greater Tuna is a big comedy about a small town, small minds, and big hearts. It is set in the fictional, yet typical small town of Tuna, Texas. Starring in the San Miguel production will be The Palm’s entertainment director, Tracy Parks, and Chaz Weathers, a San Diego-based entertainer known for his spot-on character portrayals. I recently interviewed the cast of Greater Tuna.
Fri, Jun 19, 7 pm
Sat, Jun 20, 7 pm
Sun, Jun 21, 5 pm
Vicente Guerrero 4
David Johanssen: How long have you guys performed the show at The Palm in Puerto Vallarta?
Chaz Weathers: Since November 2014, we have done the show 56 times. The last time we did the show in Vallarta was in March this year.
DJ: What is the most difficult thing about performing the show?
Tracy Parks: Well, between the two of us, we play 20 different characters and we do 42 costume changes. The costume changes have to be lightning fast! I wish I had more time, but a lot of times we’re just ripping off an outer layer of clothes, putting a wig, hat, or glasses on, and coming back to the stage. Thankfully, we have Pablo and Ricardo to help us with the changes. We couldn’t do the show without them!
DJ: What’s the weirdest thing that has happened during a presentation of the show?
CW: One day, during the scene when Stanley is throwing an imaginary dog out into the audience, there was a lady right in the front row. She was startled, and she jumped as if the imaginary dog was going to hit her!
DJ: Cool. Why did you guys decide to bring the show to San Miguel?
TP: Well, small town is small town, and a lot of people have described San Miguel as having a similar culture and attitudes as small town Texas. It has been a dream of ours for many years to play these characters, and we are thrilled that so many people are enjoying it just as much as we are!
Tracy Parks and Chaz Weathers have had their work cut out for them in this labor of love. The show is finishing up here in San Miguel, June 19-21, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, and Sunday at 5 pm. Tickets for this show have already starting selling swiftly, so get your tickets now, at Shelter Theater or online! Tickets are also available at the Biblioteca. 180 pesos.
Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardin. Telephone 154 7524 or visit sheltervg4.com to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from Teatro Shelter.