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About the Show

"Rolf(e) - The Musical" - Book, Music & Lyrics by Robert John Ford


You know him from "The Sound Of Music," but how did a gazebo-dancing messenger boy become a member of the Nazi Youth movement during one fateful summer?  Was he the villain or just a confused teenager? And exactly how do you spell his name? "Rolf(e)" tells the hilarious back-story of an unheralded and misunderstood hero who would do anything for love and the resistance. Combining music in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein, the teen angst of “Spring Awakening,” the laughs of “The Book of Mormon,” and the bawdiness of “Cabaret,” “Rolf(e)” is a musical for the entire family... assuming the kids in the family have already figured out how to bypass any parental controls on their TVs and devices. 

A staged reading will be presented in April 2022 in Des Moines.  Updated info will be posted here in March 2022.  

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Upcoming Productions

April 16, 2022 - RJFCreative, Des Moines, IA (2 performances) - Staged Reading.  For audition information, click HERE.

Previous Productions

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2021 - Iowa Arts Council major grant

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