In an imaginative journey that revives the adventurous essence of the American frontier, Ohio State University at Mansfield is set to present “The Trail to Oregon!” This unique musical, originally brought to life by StarKid Productions, offers an engaging and interactive experience that promises to captivate audiences with its blend of historical adventure and modern theatrical flair.

A Journey Through Time and Imagination

“The Trail to Oregon!” is not your ordinary musical. Inspired by the iconic ‘90s video game “The Oregon Trail,” this production invites the audience into the world of a quintessential All-American family navigating the perilous journey from Missouri to Oregon in 1848. With obstacles such as starvation, bandits, snakebites, and the notorious dysentery, the family’s fate is as uncertain as it is exciting.

What sets this musical apart is its interactive nature. Audience participation takes center stage as attendees are given the power to name the family members and decide the ending of the play. This level of engagement, combined with a healthy dose of improvisation, ensures that each performance is a unique experience.

Musical Craftsmanship and Creative Collaboration

The musical brilliance of Jeff Blim, combined with the creative minds of Nick Lang, Matt Lang, Brian Holden, and Jeff Blim, has given birth to a production that is as entertaining as it is innovative. Arranged by Clark Baxtresser and Pierce Siebers, the show’s music captures the essence of the era while appealing to contemporary tastes.

Presented through special arrangement with Jeff Blim and Team Starkid, “The Trail to Oregon!” showcases the collaborative spirit that underpins modern theatrical productions. This partnership highlights the importance of creative synergy in bringing unique stories to the stage.

Plan Your Visit

“The Trail to Oregon!” will grace the stage on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 PM, followed by a matinee on Sunday, March 3, at 2:30 PM, and a final performance on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 PM. Whether you’re a student, faculty member, staff, senior, or just looking for a fun evening out, this musical offers something for everyone. Ticket prices are $6 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors, and $10 for general admission.

Reservations can be made by calling 419-755-4045 or by visiting For those who prefer to purchase tickets in person, the on-site Box Office opens 45 minutes before each performance. The theater is located at 1680 University Drive, Mansfield, Ohio 44906.

Please note that the show includes strong language and mature subject matter, catering to a diverse audience with varying tastes.

A Call to Adventure

“The Trail to Oregon!” offers a perfect blend of history, humor, and audience engagement, making it a must-see production this season. Its innovative approach to storytelling and community involvement makes it a standout event in Mansfield’s cultural calendar. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this unique theatrical adventure that brings the spirit of the Oregon Trail to life right before your eyes.

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