Rumspringa the Musical, Where Tradition Meets Technology
First I had to think of southern German dialect, where “rumspringa” means “jumpin’ around.” Then I found out it’s the term some Amish use to describe a period of adolescence before an Amish youth chooses to be baptized and to follow the Amish way of life or to leave the Amish community.
For this Amish tale, co-creator Jake Scott drew on inspiration from a television show entitled “Amish in the City.” According to their Fringe page, Rebekah, an Amish youth, visits the city for the first time, and falls in love with a robot.
Originally, this show began as a 25-minute student film in 2006 at the University of Minnesota Morris. (The complete video is a former resident of YouTube.) Rumspringa was entered into the Fringe Festival in 2008 and waitlisted and won a spot in the Fringe lottery this year. While the stage version is an expanded version of the film, quite a few changes have been made: a few musical choices have been altered and 5 to 6 songs have been added; there are also additional characters.
After a talk with Jake Scott, I’m confident that this Fringe show will provide you with an hour of musical pleasure destined to take you away from your worries. It’s “an hour’s worth of fun entertainment” that doesn’t take itself too seriously, thanks to an entertaining, silly premise and songs you’re sure to remember afterward.
Rumspringa’s creators are:
Paul Jenni (arrangements and composition)
Tyler Helland (co-producer of Rumspringa, the film)
Andrew Tralle (arrangements, composition and lyrics)
Jake Scott (script and lyrics)
Rumspringa’s Cast: Alex Carlson, Katie Carlson, Noah Coon, Olivia Coon, John Eisenrich, Tyler Helland, Debi Kilde, Billie Jo Konze, Marques Matthias, Bert Michalscheck, Natalie Wass.
Stage manager is Josey Balenger.
Rumspringa The Musical can be seen at the Augsburg Studio on:
Sat., Aug. 1 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 2 @ 10:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 6 @ 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 10:00 p.m.