Meet the stars of GREATER TUNA, extended again at The Palm thru March 30, 2015!

The local production of the classic comedy stage play ‘Greater Tuna’ has taken Vallarta by storm, with another extended run through March 30th. Meet the actors who play twenty different characters, with forty-two costume changes, in this season’s biggest hit at The Palm, which has now become the longest running show to ever play in Vallarta.
Tracy Parks has served as Entertainment Director for the past 4 years at The Palm Cabaret and Bar, where he co-stars (playing the original Joe Sears role) in ‘Greater Tuna’, alongside Chaz Weathers for its four-month run during the 2014-2015 season.
Tracy began performing in high school where he won numerous public speaking awards and theatre competitions. Later, in college, he continued to perform and founded the University of Oklahoma Speech Team and later coached them to national rankings. Tracy also coached his brother, Terry Dale Parks (who is also a well-known actor), to a national championship in Prose Interpretation.
After moving to Chicago where he served for six years as Ticket Services Director for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Tracy acted in and directed several shows and founded OKRA Theatre where he and then roommate, Kelly Mantle (nephew of Micky Mantle and star of Ru Paul’s Drag Race 2014 season), won a ‘best of the year’ mention from The Chicago Sun Times for their production of Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon by James McClure. Tracy also performed in a children’s theatre troupe and continued to coach high school and college theatre students to national recognition.
Shortly thereafter, Tracy fell in love with Puerto Vallarta during a short three-day vacation here. After 10 years of vacationing here, he now lives in Vallarta nearly year round and spends his time crafting new projects and shows for performances at The Palm Cabaret and Bar. Working with both English and Spanish speaking performers, Tracy is well known for attracting and developing high quality shows and top notch entertainers from within and outside of Mexico.
Chaz Weathers (who plays the original Jaston Williams role) was raised in a small town in California’s Mojave desert.
At a young age, he showed a great interest in performing and would often memorize skits and poems to perform for friends and family.
He was great at organizing the neighborhood kids to put on puppet shows and magic acts which he’d perform in his front yard. As a teenager, musical theater summer camp was always his favorite. In college, Theater Arts took up most of his free time.
After college, life took him in several interesting directions, including several years in the fine jewelry business and continued education in fine gems and Gemology. For eight years, he and his partners opened and operated a very successful restaurant and cabaret bar in San Diego, California, where Chaz began performing regularly.
Over the years, he developed a couple of different characters which he used as a vehicle to raise money for local charities. Today, along with his partners, he owns a clinical research monitoring company and a few rental properties in Puerto Vallarta, where the three spend much of their free time and plan to retire when the time comes.
It was during the purchase of one of these properties that Chaz crossed paths with Tracy Parks, and they immediately became bosom buddies. During one rainy summer day in Vallarta, the two were delighting each other with jokes and stories when they each began reciting lines from Greater Tuna. Finding out that each of them had held a longtime love affair with the show, they began discussing the idea of bringing Tuna, Texas to Puerto Vallarta.
So, ten years later….with a lot of rainy summers and sunny winters in Vallarta together, a little tequila (allegedly) and a wonderful friendship, Chaz and Tracy are back on stage for the first time in many years.
‘Greater Tuna’ will have you laughing all the way to the third smallest (fictional) town of Tuna, TX, where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. ‘Greater Tuna’ is a big comedy about a small town, small minds and big hearts.
Written by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard, the original production ran for more than 30 years all over the world and played two command performances for US Presidents in Washington, D.C. Now playing though March 30th.