This River is Gold


This two-act show is a musical tribute to older adults, celebrating their lifestyles, aspirations, and dreams. It’s a tuneful, joyous excursion into life in a senior community.

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  • This River is GoldScript, music, and lyrics by Alvin H. Reiss
    90 minute musical comedy
    5 men, 4 women, 1 either, plus a chorus

    What is it about? When residents of the Twin Hills Retirement Community think that gold has been discovered on their property, all hell breaks out. The conflict divides those who live on the North Hill from those who live on the South Hill. Greed and power threaten the peaceful lifestyle that makes the location so popular. The seniors’ spirit and love of life rises above the conflict. What emerges is a new, rambunctious full-length musical. Twelve characters take you through the adventure using fourteen songs…some are romantic and wistful, others are humorous and boisterous.

    About the playwright: The musical is skillfully crafted by Alvin H. ‘Skip’ Reiss, a well-known arts writer, educator, consultant, and lecturer. His humor has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, Family Health, Playbill, and Diversion. He has written other musicals including Tall Paul, A Tall Tale: The Legend of Paul Bunyan.

    What are they saying about the show?

    • “This musical was just perfect for us, with great roles, toe tapping tunes, and a gutsy spirit.” Mary Sawyer

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    If you want to read the complete script, order a hard copy or e-script for perusal.

    If you want to perform or rehearse, order cast copies. Select either e-cast copies, which you will be able to download, or hard cast copies. Hard cast copies are printed in black and white on 3-hole punched paper so it’s easy to put them into notebooks.

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    Alvin H. Reiss


    Comedy, Musical






    1, Plus a chorus

    Cast Size

    10, Plus a Chorus

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