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Based on Judith Byron Schachner’s acclaimed book of the same name, "Yo, Vikings!" is the mini-saga of 10-year-old Emma Katz, the fiercest Viking in Swarthmore, PA, and her quest for real adventure.
"Yo, Vikings!" combines sweeping melodies, thrilling Viking chants and funky rock ‘n roll with a beautiful, heart-warming story to engage and excite every member of the family.
The show was originally commissioned by the Upper Darby Summer Stage for their 2010 season. It was developed in the BMI Workshop, where the song “Emma the Red” was featured in the Workshop’s 2010 Winter Smoker. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presented the world premiere production in July, 2010. The show was a finalist for the prestigious 2011 Richard Rodgers Award, as well as the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. In August 2011, "Yo, Vikings!" received a reading at the York Theatre with an all-star cast and creative team including Alyse Alan Louis, Sally Wilfert and Andrew Kober. Songs from the show will be featured on the 2011 NAMT “Shows You Should Know” CD.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Marcus Stevens is the Richard Rodgers Award-winning bookwriter/lyricist of "Red" (with Brian Lowdermilk), "Elliot and the Magic Bed" and "Eastburn Avenue" (commissioned by the Pittsburgh Playhouse). marcus-stevens.com
Sam Willmott won the Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theatre Award for the music and lyrics for "Standardized Testing - The Musical!!!!" and also authored the mini-musical "Scarlet Takes a Tumble" (Humana Festival Heideman Award Finalist). samwillmott.com