The Day Two Eels At Trollwood Taught Me How To Skate

Without a doubt, the Trollwood mainstage musical is one of the highlights of summer in  Fargo-Moorhead. Since 1978, area high school students have been putting on fantastic shows to the delight of thousands of musical-goers. This year is no different. Ticket sales are already brisk for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Not surprising when you think about the beloved show and its catchy tunes such as Part of Your World, Kiss the Girl and my favorite, Under the Sea.

 

But what makes this show extra special is how it’s being staged. More than half the cast will be on roller skates during the performance. The skaters include all under sea creatures because the wheels simulate gliding. I was able to find that out for myself when Kathy Anderson and her crew invited me out to learn how to skate with eels Alanna Snortland and Jessica Anderson. They even got me my own skates. As I laced them up for my lesson, I remember think  Do these young girls know what to do if I break a hip? 911!

Tracy Briggs gears up for a skating session with Jessica Anderson, left, and Alanna Snortland who play Flotsam and Jetsam in the Trollwood Performing Arts production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum
Tracy Briggs gears up for a skating session with Jessica Anderson, left, and Alanna Snortland who play Flotsam and Jetsam in the Trollwood Performing Arts production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead.
David Samson / The Forum

 

We got off to a rocky start. My last extended time on roller skates was junior high when I dreamed of looking like Farrah Fawcett and marrying Shaun Cassidy. I didn’t accomplish either of those things. I hoped I wouldn’t fail at this endeavor either.

Tracy Briggs grimaces as she skates with Alanna Snortland, left, and Jessica Anderson who play Flotsam and Jetsam in the Trollwood Performing Arts production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum
Tracy Briggs grimaces as she skates with Alanna Snortland, left, and Jessica Anderson who play Flotsam and Jetsam in the Trollwood Performing Arts production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead.
David Samson / The Forum

Alanna and Jessica couldn’t have been nicer as they taught me the arm movements they make in their roles as Ursula’s eels. I think I was getting the hang of this.

Tracy Briggs works on her moves with cast members Jessica Anderson, left, and Alanna Snortland who play Flotsam and Jetsam in the Trollwood Performing Arts production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum
Tracy Briggs works on her moves with cast members Jessica Anderson, left, and Alanna Snortland who play Flotsam and Jetsam in the Trollwood Performing Arts production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead.
David Samson / The Forum

Despite my skills as a roller skating eel, I’m guessing I shouldn’t give up my day job, especially when it lets me do fun things like this. If you’d like to read the whole article, click on this screen image.

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