The new musical “Trivoya Gold” will be delivered online April 30 to May 2 by the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University, blending individual live performances with pre-recorded pieces.
The show, with book and lyrics by Alana Jacoby and music by Scotty Arnold, is directed by Jill Dion, with Danielle Wright as musical director.
“Trivoya Gold” is set on a small island off the coast of Norway, where it is so cold that human bodies do not decompose after death, and, as a result, its residents are not allowed to die at home.
Angered by this final indignity, the residents of Trivoya demand their independence, and are offered it if they can win an Olympic gold medal in curling.
In curling, a team sport played on ice, teams take turns sliding granite stones toward a center target, with teams alternating shots from the far side of the ice surface, or sheet. Each side has eight shots, and the team with the stones closest to the target win.
The composer, Scotty Arnold, and the lyricist, Alana Jacoby, have characterized “Trivoya Gold” as being an aggregate of “Urinetown” and “The Mighty Ducks.”
They said it started out as a story about teamwork and family, but the pandemic has highlighted its other themes, including the dangers of blind nationalism.
“One thing we love about theater, in general, is how one show can take on a variety of meanings over time, depending on when, where, how and by whom it is being staged,” Arnold and Jacoby said in a statement. “It’s been an absolute joy to watch the amazing students, faculty and staff of Wayne State bring ‘Trivoya Gold’ to life over the past year, and to see them work with ingenuity and creativity to turn the challenges of the past year into opportunities.”
WSU’s Motor City Cabaret, which annually brings a touring musical show to local schools in non-COVID times, to build awareness and appreciation for theater and dance among students, has undertaken the streaming production, bringing it to life on the screen while the university’s stages are dark.
The song titles in “Trivoya Gold” include elements of verbal humor, and include “Trivoya Cold,” “The Birthday Curl” and “Sweeping the Nation.”
In addition, each character in the show is named after a type of IKEA furniture.
The cast includes: Alice Duffy as Karl, Stephanie Herman as Princess Ulrika, Ethan May as Torbjørn Bjørnsen, Miranda Cole as Sigrid Bjørnsen, Emma Orr as Ingrid Bjørnsen, and Cara Forfinski as Lisbet Vinter.
Also: Lexie Farrer as Dagmar Wolff, Freda Monroe as Oddvar Ellefson, Gillian Marshall as Astrid, Mike Danaj as Sven, Jacob Lipski as Aiden, and Frederique Christiansen as Fiona.
In addition: Olivia Paryaski as Luct, Ann Stein as Haldor, Julia Luterman as Borghild, Samantha Stafford as
Second, and Jenny Kraft as Vice Skip.
Reilly Kerrigan is the assistant director, with Lexie Farrer as video editor, CJ Caldwell as stage manager and Mark Whalen and Daniel Kozlowski as the sound engineers.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. April 30 and May 1, and 1 p.m. May 2, online. For tickets or more information, call 313-577-2972 or go to TheatreAndDanceAtWayne.com.