Main-Travelled Roads

Musical

New Work
Writers: David Hudson Paul Libman

Overview

Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Based on the Play/Book/Film
Hamlin Garland's Main-Travelled Roads (1891)
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2007
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
Rural Wisconsin, Late 1800s
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes

Includes young adult, adult, late teen characters

Synopsis

Aggie Dingman is a happy young woman, excited about the prospect of life with her current beau, Will Hannan. However, he is not without his competition. Dave Johnson, the owner of the biggest thresher in the county also has eyes for Aggie. Following an argument and a series of misunderstandings, Will leaves the county in anger. Elsewhere, Ed Williams, the creamery man, has eyes on Lucinda Kennedy. However, Nina the Dutch Girl (German) girl is smitten with the creamery man. When Lucinda is shipped off to finishing school, Ed takes on the project of turning Nina into a ‘Yankee’ (American) girl, not aware that she wants to be one in order to ‘catch’ Ed. To follow are a series of hopes and heart breaks as the young midwesterners of the late 1800s navigate the hardships of life and love in the heartland of Wisconsin. Adapted from the renowned tales of Hamlin Garland by the same title, Main-Travelled Roads is a gem of a show with a proven track record of awards and productions.

Lead Characters