Who knew the sport of freestyle Frisbee had deep roots in Canada? Well, a new musical called What Goes Up explores this little known fact. It’s all a part of Reprint—a trio of musicals inspired by the archives at the Globe and Mail. All three musicals are inspired by actual news archives—a mashup of musical theatre and journalism.
Both Ultimate and Freestyle Frisbee developed competitively and recreationally around the same time. The pair are often compared to ice sports; Ultimate would be more like hockey and Freestyle more like figure skating. Freestyle really blossomed in Canada in the 1970s, with the first Frisbee Freestyle competition taking place in 1974 at the Canadian Open Frisbee Championships in Toronto and the Vancouver Open Frisbee Championships in Vancouver. The sport reached its competitive heyday in the ’80s before Ultimate Frisbee basically took over.
What Goes Up was inspired by a 1977 Globe and Mail article called “The Frisbee and the Soul”. The musical explores the journey of three young disc heads fighting to go pro.
Watch in the video clip as we sit down with the playwright to learn more about the inspiration behind the production. For ticket info, visit the Musical Stage Company’s website.