2014- for 15 characters, (5f & 4m actors)
book & lyrics by Catherine Frid
music by Frank Horvat
Big Ideas Festival
May 13, 2015
Alumnae Theatre, Toronto Canada
SKI Club is a full-length, original musical. It tells the story of four seniors who have sneakily formed a “SKI Club” (the acronym stands for Spending our Kids’ Inheritance) as they plot to regain control of their finances, which they inadvertently signed over to their children when they entered the Alpine Retirement Home. SKI Club is a poignant and truthful comedy about taking control over one’s destiny in the latter years of life.
Our musical celebrates seniors, making them the heroes of our story, and challenging stereotypes. SKI Club explores the chapter of life usually portrayed as being about winding down and fading away, but instead casts this time as an opportunity for fulfillment.
Catherine Frid and I appreciate your taking the time to visit and sample some of the songs from our show!
– Frank Horvat
Location: THE FARM, Toronto; Engineer: Jean Martin
- Half Life (studio demo) Christine Duncan (Nelly), Penelope Cookson (Clara), Brianne Tucker (Tanya), Renee Stein (Alice), Reid Spencer (Hal), Susan Q Wilson 3:59
- Together (studio demo) Penelope Cookson (Clara), Renee Stein (Alice) 3:13
- Invisibility (studio demo) Renee Stein (Alice), Penelope Cookson (Clara), Reid Spencer (Hal) 3:30
- This Is It (studio demo) Penelope Cookson (Clara), Renee Stein (Alice), Reid Spencer (Hal), Brianne Tucker (Lori/Tanya), Tyler McKinnon (Bryan/Zane) 3:13
- New Waters (studio demo) Penelope Cookson (Clara), Brianne Tucker (Lori), Renee Stein (Alice), Reid Spencer (Hal), Susan Q Wilson (Nelly), Tyler McKinnon (Bryan) 2:07
Half Life: The Alpine Retirement Home’s Administrator, Tanya, urges the residents to live more cautiously but Nelly’s spirited challenge inspires Alice, Clara and even Hal to declare they: “won’t freeze-dry life; give it to me fresh!”
Together: Alice and Clara at first despair at being kept apart, but as they affirm their love, they gain the strength to joyously declare that they’ll overcome all adversity to “find a way, together.”
Invisibility: As Clara, Alice and Hal find themselves in a restaurant in Montreal, they also find themselves a little transparent to others.
This Is It: Clara, Alice and Hal are caught in a bad position as their relatives and friends panic and lament their disagreements.
New Waters: Musical Finale