To those unfamiliar with Team StarKid, let me give you a little overview. Their first show, A Very Potter Musical, originally HP the musical was performed as a bit of fun at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The show was put up on YouTube by the creators, Nick & Matt Lang so that the cast could watch it, and it became a runaway success that spawned two sequels, A Very Potter Sequel and A Very Potter Senior Year. Since then they have continued to flourish, setting up shop in Chicago where their later productions, Starship, Holy Musical [email protected], Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier, Ani the Musical and The Trail to Oregon have been performed. They have also had two sold out national tours, The Space Tour and Apocalyptour. Suffice to say, the geeks done good!
Their latest show, The Trail to Oregon depicts a Choose Your Own Adventure style show in which the DikRats family, led by Jack Bauer (Jeff Blim) and his wife Slippery WetWet (Rachel Sloglin), set off on the perilous journey to Oregon after their farm burnt down. With danger lurking around every corner, will they survive as a family?
This is a new direction for Team StarKid, jampacked with audience interaction and alternative endings, the show still packs a punch, full of twists, turns, jokes and tearjerking songs. The characters draw you in, each a complex and flawed individual with their own back story. In the past the Lang brothers have come under fire for not portraying enough lead female characters within their shows, this readdresses the balance with two strong yet very different female leads, Slippery WetWet, the matriarch, and Mouth Face the rebellious teenage daughter (Jaime Lyn Beatty). It is difficult to choose an actor to single out as the stand out, but praise must go to Joey Richter who brought life to multiple characters, including an ox and a buffalo, difficult to pull off in any circumstances, but Mr Richter managed it with style and ease.
To conclude, Team StarKid have come up with a fantasticaly "edumacational" show full of heart and humour. I can't wait for the next one!