Full Length Musical, Comedy / 7m, 6f, 1boy(s)
Adapted from 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.
- Yo, Vikings! was a finalist for the prestigious 2011 Richard Rodgers Award, and a 2012 Weston New Musical Award nominee.
“... This brisk, tuneful and endearing musical... exudes warmth and cleverness... the core of the show is about Emma’s disconnect with those around her, a condition with which just about everyone can empathize. In this sense, Marcus Stevens (book and lyrics) and Sam Willmott (music) have crafted a show that might be about children but doesn’t feel like children’s theater. There’s a universality that transcends the demographic... There’s a freshness and sweetness to the show that shines through. It’s fitting that a musical about imagination offers so much of it itself. I have a feeling that this “Viking” ship will be setting off on many more voyages to come.” - FresnoBee.com
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- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, Medieval (6th-14th c.)
- Duration: 90 minutes
The present. Swarthmore, PA/985 A.D. Iceland and beyond.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Piano Only
- Chorus Size: Small
Casting7m, 6f, 1boy(s)
WOMAN 1 - EMMA KATZ, Fox, Monkfish, Fifth Grader, Viking
WOMAN 2 - MOM (JUDY KATZ), Emma's Mom / MJOLVERK, A Frost Giant
WOMAN 3- MRS. MUKHERJEE, Emma's Teacher
WOMAN 4 - NIKKI TIBBLES, Emma's Classmate / GUNNHILD THE SHE-BEAR, A Viking
WOMAN 5 - ZINZI FERDINAND-MUNOZ, Emma's Classmate, a Twin / HELGA THE CLANG-FIST, A Viking
WOMAN 6 - PASHA, Emma’s Classmate / A VIKING
WOMAN 7 - PHYLLIS, Emma’s Classmate / A VIKING / NEWSWOMAN, a local newswoman
MAN 1 - SIGURD TORVALDSSON, Librarian, Dragon Slayer
MAN 2 - BOTHVAR THE FORK-SPLITTER, A Viking / MOVING MAN, a moving man
MAN 3- MURPHY BEAN, Emma's Classmate / THORKLE THE TRAVELER, A Viking
MAN 4 - SEBBY FERDINAND-MUNOZ, Emma's Classmate, a Twin / OLAF THE BOORISH, A Viking
MAN 5 - GUNTHER, Emma’s Classmate / A VIKING
MAN 6- SIMON, Emma’s Classmate / A VIKING
BOY- OLLIE KATZ, Emma's Brother, a Kindergartner (can be played by a young girl)
+ any additional Vikings, Townspeople, and Kids if desired
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Roles for Children
- Room for Extras
Music Material Rental Packages
1 Piano/Conductor Score
14 Vocal Chorus Books
Yo, Vikings! was originally commissioned by the Upper Darby Summer Stage for their 2010 season. It was developed in the BMI Workshop, and Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presented the world premiere production in July, 2010.