TRAILS – an imaginative musical journey

Trails • an imaginative musical journey 

Sep. 21 – Oct. 22 

After a dozen years of silence, an unexpected meeting between childhood friends Mike and Seth leads the pair to fulfill a promise made in their youth: to hike the Appalachian Trail together. As they traverse the 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine, powerful memories surface, leading the men to confront their past, themselves, and the haunting secret that kept them apart for so long.

Captivating audiences with its deeply-moving and inventive tale of love and loyalty combined with an enchanting original score, Trails offers a profound exploration of the lengths we’ll go to keep from losing what we cherish the most.

Parental guidance suggested.

Runtime is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard, OR 97223




Michael Hammack
Michael Hammack

Joel Walker
Joel Walker

Rachel Lewis
Rachel Lewis

Quinlan Fitzgerald
Quinlan Fitzgerald

Kevin-Michael Moore
Kevin-Michael Moore

Danielle Weathers
Danielle Weathers

Show Dates

Thursday, September 21, 7:30 PM PREVIEW
Friday, September 22, 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, September 23, 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 24, 2:00 PM

Thursday, September 28, 7:30 PM
Friday, September 29, 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 30, 2:00 PM—Post-show talk back*
Saturday, September 30, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 1, 2:00 PM

Thursday, October 5, 7:30 PM
Friday, October 6, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 7, 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 7, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 8, 2:00 PM—Limited Availability

Thursday, October 12, 7:30 PM
Friday, October 13, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 PM– Audio description available
Saturday, October 14, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 15, 2:00 PM

Thursday, October 19, 7:30 PM
Friday, October 20, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 21, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 22, 2:00 PM

*Talk-backs are free and open to the public. They begin immediately following the first Saturday matinee performance of the mainstage production, and are held in the theater. You do not have to attend the Broadway Rose production in order to attend the talk-back.


Directed by Brian Shnipper
Music Direction by Eric Nordin
Assistant Music Director Stephen Cantor
Set Design by Emily Wilken
Costume Design by Brynne Oster-Bainnson
Lighting Design by Carl Faber
Prop Design by Liz Carlson
Sound Design by Brian K. Moen
Stage Manager Miranda Russ


Conductor/Piano Eric Nordin

Percussion Alexandra Geffel

Guitar Eric Vanderwall

Bass Amy Roesler

Violin Chris Fotinakis

News, Reviews, and Buzz

“Trails” @ Broadway Rose
by Kristopher Haines
The Crippled Critic, Oct. 2, 2017
“Trails” has all the expected hallmarks of a  Broadway Rose production: A  surprisingly expansive set, given the intimacy of the theatre, a top-notch cast, and a solid band….Read more.


Broadway Rose Helping to Blaze New Trails
by Tina Arth
Westside Theatre Reviews, Sep. 26, 2017
As always with Broadway Rose, the vocals, music, and arrangements are beautifully executed – the harmonies are elaborate and powerful, and the sometimes haunting, sometimes upbeat solos allow each character a full range of expression…Read more.


Trails opens at Broadway Rose
by Judy Nedry, Sep.25, 2017
The music, conducted by Eric Nordin, ranges from sweet to pleasantly atonal. The action takes place amid a splendidly simple set of raw boards and tree trunks (thank you Emily Wilken and crew!)...Read more.


The Journey of a New Musical by Christy Hall, Jordan Mann, and Jeff Thomson Trails has been on a long and complicated journey, much like that of our two protagonists. Now, we are excited for you to experience it here at the Broadway Rose as our musical continues on its way toward journey’s end… Read more.



Broadway Rose Actor is Right Where He Wants to Be—For Now
by Barbara Sherman
The Times, Sep. 21, 2017
 “I’m passionate about telling a story with music and action, and this is a cool experience,” Walker said. “…it’s nice to be working on brand-new material… It’s rare for an actor to have that opportunity.Read more.


 New Work in Progress: Trails National Alliance for Musical Theatre, 
Jul. 18, 2017 Interview with Dan Murphy
“As soon as the show was licensed for production, we immediately took it off our shortlist and put it in our upcoming season….” Read more.

Director's Note

Director Brian Shnipper

After reading the script for Trails, the first thing that came to mind – in terms of how to approach the material – was simplicity. Here was a musical that took place on the Appalachian Trail, spanned decades, and had actors playing multiple roles. There were elaborate descriptions of the terrain, a Greek chorus of sorts, and on top of all that, the story jumped back and forth in time in the blink of an eye. For me, this musical called out for a stripped down, less-is-more approach. Let the audience use their imaginations.

Throughout the show, many of the actors play children, and as children we don’t need much when we pretend. A stick becomes a sword, a funny voice transforms us into a traveler from a far-off land, and by puffing out our chest we become a warrior.  Children aren’t guarded, or self-aware enough to concern themselves with being perceived as ridiculous.  That’s something that comes with growing older (and wiser?).  We’re told to “grow up” and encouraged to push our feelings down. We put up barriers and muck life up with our need for more. Bigger is always better – which of course is not the case. We forget that sometimes the basics in life are all we need. 

I remind myself of that as we go forward in rehearsals. Strip everything down to what is essential and allow the story to be told as simply as possible. It usually brings out the most creative and honest work possible.

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