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Tuesday- 3-4pm Pippin and Catherine
Wednesday- 3-4pm All Pippin leads except for Pippin and Catherine
Thursday- 3-4pm All Pippin Leads
Tuesday- 3:45-4:45pm Ensemble and Leads
Wednesday- 3-4:30pm Ensemble and Leads
Thursday- 3-4:30pm Ensemble and Leads
Friday- 3-4pm Ensemble and Leads
October 9 Wednesday-3-4:30pm Full Pippin Ensemble
Oct 8-12 Mon-Fri
Principal Cast - Read Thru/Blocking
Wed 3-4:30pm 4:30-6pm (principals)
Oct 16 Tue 4-5:30pm Principal Cast
Oct 17 Wed 3-4pm Music- Principals (Choral Rm) No other Reh
Oct 18/19 Thu/Fri 3-5pm All Cast
Oct 23 Tue 4-5:30pm NO REHEARSAL
Oct 24 Wed 3-5pm
Oct 25/26 Thu/Fri 3-5pm All Cast
Oct 29 Mon 3-5:30pm All Cast
Oct 30 Tue 3-5:30pm Principal Cast / dance
Oct 31 Wed 3-5:30pm All Cast
Nov 1 Thu 3-5pm All Cast
Nov 6 Tue 11-2pm All Available Cast
Nov 7-9 Wed-Fri 3-6pm All Cast
Mon/Tue 3-7pm All
Nov 14 Wed 3pm Preview (4pm go time)
Nov 15,16,17 M-W 5:30pm Show -7pm
Nov 18 Sun 12:30pm Show-2pm
Nov 19 Mon 3pm Strike
This should avoid any ensemble (SING/SONG) conflicts on Mon & Tue, and we will default to ensemble rehearsal over Pippin.
(Understudies - to be assigned)
Leading Player ……………………..……………… Christian Fary
Pippin …………………………………………..…. Michael Peters
Charles, his father………………………….…..…. Steven Caraher
Lewis, his half-brother……………………….………. Ben Nichols
Fastrada, Lewis’ mother……...…………...…….. Helena Jancosek
Torchbearer / The Head……..…………………. Rohan Chatterjee
Courtiers …………..……… Allison Hemingway & Deliah Owens
Baron………………………………………………. Billy McDunn
Berthe, Pippin’s Grandmother ….…….……….… Katie Gajewski
News Readers …………….………. Casey Terry & Maddie O’Dea
Beggar / News Reader …………………………. Kendall Goldberg
Peasant ………………………………………….... Calvin Sanders
Noble ……………………………………………. Brianna Dittmar
Field Marshall ……………….………….…….. Thomas Speranza
Catherine’s Angels….Delilah Owens, Rachel Borgo, Annie Burke
Catherine, a widow ................................................. Morgan Papesh
Theo, her son ………………………………….....
(Understudies - to be assigned)
(Dancers cast from Players)
+ “War is
a Science Cakewalk”
+++ “With You”
(1-3 & 4)
Calvin-“And Merriment” Rachel-“Murder” Kendall -“Lust”-
Michael Han-“Enormously Tall” Colleen-“Midget” & Baby Mama
Courtiers …………..……… Allison Hemingway & Deliah Owens
Sword Soldier (2-14)- Daniel Straka “Your Sword Sir”
War is a Science (2-17) Cakewalk Dancers
War is a Science (2-18) “Map”- Emmy Georges
Glory pt1(3-22) “Blood”- Jenna Hoffmann “Steel”-Maddie O’Dea
Love Dancers (“romance, Sex presented”): Anne Burke Laurel Demkovich Hannah Witting
Street Cleaners: Drew Adams Payton Tinder Michael Han
Revolutionaries/Monks: Casey Terry, Daniel Straka, Jenna Hoffmann, Micahel Han Thomas Speraza
Finale (8 75-77 )
that True” Casey -“Become Engulfed-Flame”
Rachel -“Become Flame itself”
Flame player- Colleen Lusk (2 players) holding the banner-
(78) Casey-“You deserve an Extraordinary climax” Rachel-“Your Dream”
(79) Rohan-“think of the radiance” Kendall-“Remember the Beauty” Jenna-“Thunderous Applause”
Student Director/Student Choreographer -
Asst Student Director -
Production Assistants -
We would like to thank everyone who
It was difficult choice to choose from so many talent people.
Thanks for auditioning and we encourage you to work on PIPPIN.
We are looking for Production Assistants and other positions.
LAB, CLB, Woods
November 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2012, 7pm (2pm on Nov 20)
Oct 30-Nov 19 Production Week (Fall Break Nov 2 & 5 possible
November 14-16 Tech Week/Final Dress Rehearsals
November 14- Preview, parents may take flash pictures, video 4pm go-time
November 15-17 - show call 5:30pm showtime 7pm
November 18 - Sunday Matinee call 12:30pm showtime 2pm
A troupe of
players appears on stage (Magic to Do) the guided by the Leading Player,
a sort of narrator/company manager rolled into one.
They endeavor to retell the medieval legend of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne’s son Pippin.
Pippin having returned from his studies as university begins his search for the meaning and truth for his “extraordinary” life.
Player and troupe guide Pippin though various life experiences (war,
physical love, politics, revolution)
with him finding none of these completely satisfying.
He final lands dejected with the widow Catherine, a plain, ordinary woman with a small boy and a large estate, who out of pity,
and an attraction to the arch of his foot, takes him in.
She makes “acting” mistakes while playing her role, which prompts the Leading Player to break into the scene and correct her.
Pippin reluctantly at first becomes a part of the daily routine. Then Theo comes to him with his sick duck.
Catherine and Pippin are finally drawn together in a classic musical theater love song.
Pippin, feeling trapped and realizing that this is all his life will be, runs away.
Now facing the
entire troupe of actors, he is shown a Grande Finale where one of the
players sets themselves on fire.
It is only trick, but the troupe is tempting him to do the extraordinary finale for real satisfying Pippin’s desire for complete fulfillment.
As the music builds, Pippin prepares to enter the box with the torch when he finally relents.
Catherine appears with Theo to further “ruin” the troupe’s Grande Finale.
The leading Player takes away all the sets, costumes lights and music leaving Pippin, Catharine and Theo on a bare stage.
Ensemble Cast size of about 20-26
MAIN CHARACTERS – S=Major Singing N=non-singing s=small singing (everyone will be expected to sing in chorus)
Leading Player (M or F) S – The leader/narrator of the acting troupe, very dynamic, leads Pippin though his life experiences.
Pippin- M -S – Young man in 20s who believes he is extraordinary and deserves and extraordinary life- son of Charles.
Charles- M - S – 50s Is a loud, bombastic and domineering Charlemagne, the father of Pippin and Lewis.
Lewis- M – N – Pippin’s half brother who is addicted to the physical “an ideal soldier strong and stupid” Son of Fastrada.
Fastrada – F- S – 30s Second wife to Charles, is cunning who feigns innocence in an effort to gain the throne for her son, Lewis.
Berthe – F – S – 60s Charles’ mother and Pippin’s Grandmother, is a feisty yet wise woman who enjoys all that life has to offer.
Catherine – F – S - 30s – a widow with a large estate and a small son, an ordinary woman becomes Pippin’s love interest.
Theo – M – n – 10 – The small son of Catherine who at first does not like Pippin but comes around later.
Supporting Roles and Background singers (NOTE: The chorus is gender neutral so women appear as soldiers, etc.)
The Head – the decapitated soldier who talks to Pippin after the battle, and later when he becomes emperor
Beggar, Peasant, Noble , Field Marshall – appear during the chapel scene when Pippin is the emperor
Players, Courtiers Soldiers, Berthe’s boys, “With You” Women, Revolutionaries, Angels, Farm Workers
Magic to Do – Leading Player &Company (mini Solos)
Corner of the Sky – Pippin
Welcome Home – Charles & Pippin
War is a Science – Charles, Pippin, chorus
Glory I, II, II – Leading Player & Chorus
Simple Joys – Leading Player
No Time at All – Berthe, Pippin, men, audience
With You I – Pippin & girls (part II dance)
Spread a Little Sunshine – Fastrada (Lewis dances with her)
Chapel/Morning Glow – Pippin & Chorus
Right Track – Leading Player & Pippin
There He Was/Kind of Woman – Catherine & “angels”
Extraordinary – Pippin
Prayer for Duck – Pippin (with Theo)
Love Song – Pippin & Catherine
I’ll Guess I’ll Miss the Man - Catherine
Finale – Leading Player, Fastrada, Pippin, & Company
THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION ran for nearly 2000 performances on Broadway and started the careers of Ben Vereen (the Leading Player), Jill Clayburgh (Catherine), John Rubinstein (Pippin), Leland Palmer and Ann Reinking. During the original run, Irene Ryan (Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies") collapsed and died after performing the big showstopper, "No Time At All." It cemented Stephen Schwartz as a major force in musical theatre. Pippin was the first Broadway show to use commerical TV ads - it aired tantalizing segments from the "Glory" soft-shoe section."
Beguiling, highly original and...just plain wonderful!" - Boston Globe
"Extraordinary music theatre!" - Daily News
"Splendiferous theatricality, the kick of a lighting bolt and a passionate knack for being entertaining." -Time Magazine
Stephen Schwartz was only 25 years old when Pippin opened on Broadway.
At the rise of the curtain, the stage is filled with smoke and in
total darkness with the exception of stark white moving hands. From the
center of these rotating hands comes the face of the Leading Player. He
crosses down to the audience and sings. As the song continues, a bare
stage populated by a group of Actors becomes clearly visible. Their
costumes are of an undetermined period. It is clear that they are
definitely Players in a theatrical caravan of some kind. One by one,
they all come forward and join the Leading Player in welcoming the
audience with a song. ("Magic To Do") The song develops into a dance
which involves all kinds of magic tricks, etc.
The Leading Player informs the audience that they are about to see "the most mysterious tale with magic, merriment, lust, murder, holy war, and a climax never before seen on a public stage." With that said, a Player jumps up with a lighted torch in hand, but the Leading Player quickly dismisses him saying that the "climax" will be "later."
The audience then learns that today's tale concerns the first-born son of Charlemagne, and is entitled "Pippin: His Life and Times." As a child, Pippin had a tremendous thirst for knowledge, so his father, Charlemagne, sent him to the University of Padua where he was scholar of the house. When Pippin finishes school he returns home where the audience meets him. Pippin is a young man who doesn't want to waste his life in pursuit of common things. He knows there must be something completely fulfilling out there--something that can't be found in books. ("Corner of the Sky")
When Pippin returned from Padua, it took four days for his father to finally visit with him. Father and son attempt to carry on a meaningful conversation, but it is obvious that Charlemagne has other more important matters on his mind. The Leading Player then introduces Lewis. He is Pippin's half brother, and, after Pippin, heir to the throne. Lewis is obsessed with the physical and in love with himself. The Leading Player also introduces Fastrada, Pippin's step-mother, who is a devious, crafty, cunning, (but warm and wonderful) mother, dedicated to gaining the throne for her darling son, Lewis. She talks with her husband and informs him that she has overdrawn her allowance once again. The King wonders if she is worth all the trouble, but he has more important matters of state to attend to. Charlemagne leaves Pippin and while he is alone, Pippin notices everyone around him preparing for the Visigoth campaign, which is reaching its peak.
A frustrated Pippin goes to talk with his father, for he knows now that he wants to be a soldier and join his father in the campaign against the Visigoths. His father denies his request, but Pippin argues that he is next in line for the throne and might be fighting his own war someday. He also points out that Lewis is going. Charlemagne agrees, and Pippin gets a helmet and joins his father in battle.
The soldiers begin preparing to fight the Visigoths, but the eager Pippin keeps getting in the way of his father's very meticulous war campaign strategies. ("War Is A Science") Charlemagne becomes frustrated with Pippin's constant interruptions and finally tells him that he finds his attitude rather disturbing. He calms Pippin down and asks him and Lewis to join him in prayer. That's the way he likes to spend the night before battle. With that, Charlemagne and his men pray for victory.
In the Chapel at Arles, Charlemagne is praying with some monks.
Pippin enters disguised as a monk and after confronting his father about
the entire harm he has brought to his subjects, takes a knife and
strikes him to the ground. The monks all rise and bow to their new king.
("Morning Glow") It appears to be a time of new hope for everyone.
So Pippin becomes King of the Holy Roman Empire and he prepares himself to hear petitions from the many people in his kingdom. He gives money to the poor, gives land to the peasants, and abolishes taxes for everyone. Along with this he also abolishes the army. Unfortunately, when the Infidel Huns attack they have no money or army to fight back. Soon, Pippin is forced to revoke all the promises he made, and as a result, he becomes very unpopular. Not knowing what to do, Pippin goes to pray at the body of his dead father. Without thinking, he asks his father if he could have his knife back and then Charlemagne does just that. The King then takes the crown from Pippin and leaves Left alone, Pippin muses about his situation: He’s getting old and feels that he hasn't done anything with his life. The Leading Player assures Pippin that things will change. He just needs to keep trying. ("On the Right Track") Pippin tries a variety of other professions, but nothing seems to satisfy him.
Enter Catherine. She is a widow with a small boy and a large estate. When she first sees Pippin, he is a lying on a road like a discarded rag. ("There He Was") It is obvious that he has lost the will to live. She cleans him up and tries to interest him in something. She starts off by telling Pippin all about herself. ("Kind of Woman") Basically, Catherine is a very ordinary woman with ordinary needs. Unfortunately, nothing she says to Pippin makes him change.
She finally sends her young son, Theo, to talk with Pippin since no man can resist the charm of a small boy. Theo tries to show Pippin his duck, but Pippin shows no interest in this or anything else. Catherine is just about at the end of her rope when she decides to give Pippin one more chance. She talks with him and finds out that he is completely in despair because he has an overwhelming need to be fulfilled and is not. After all of the time she spent waiting to find out what ailed Pippin, Catherine responds "That's all!" She then tells Pippin a bit about despair. She had a husband she loved very much, but he was struck by fever and taken from her. She felt that her life was over; however, there was an estate to run and a boy to raise. Life goes on! She then asks Pippin to help her run the estate, and he hops out of bed and starts becoming part of her everyday life doing everyday chores. This work really doesn't really interest him either. After all, he was at one time emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, not a common laborer. ("Extraordinary")
Pippin finally decides that he has had enough of menial chores around Catherine's estate and he tells her that he is leaving. Then, Theo's duck, Otto, gets sick and the young boy comes to Pippin for help. Pippin tries to tell the boy that he doesn't know anything about ducks, but looks at Otto. All he can do is pray for the duck to recover. ("Prayer For A Duck") Unfortunately, the duck dies and Theo is heartbroken. Theo plunges himself into monumental despair. While on the other hand, Pippin, the Prince of Despair, dedicates himself to raising the boy's spirits. He persists in trying to help the young boy, but to no avail.
In the course of all this, however, he finds himself becoming more and more attracted to Catherine. Eventually, the two of them fall in love. ("Love Song") Six months go by and Catherine and Theo throw a little party for Pippin. Theo even makes Pippin a little wooden flute. Pippin realizes that the three of them are becoming quite a little family and the thought completely terrifies him. Pippin tells Catherine that he must leave. He's convinced that there must be more out there. Pippin leaves and Catherine is left alone to reflect on how much he affected her life. ("I Guess I'll Miss the Man")
Pippin is once again very discouraged and sits by himself all alone. It appears that nothing is completely fulfilling. The Leading Player assures him that indeed there is something fulfilling: "The Finale!" The Leading Player then claps his hands and the Player with the torch who appeared briefly in the opening jumps in and a trick fire-box is rolled on. The Player with the torch goes upstage of the box. Another player steps inside the box. A cloth is held up in front of the box which reads "Pippin's Grand Finale." The Player with the torch sets fire to a dummy inside the box who is supposed to be a man. The cloth is lowered. We see the dummy burn. After it burns, the cloth is brought up again and the Player steps in front of it. It is a very realistic and frightening trick, and when it is over, the Troupe applauds.
Pippin is a bit under whelmed by this since it is obvious that it is just a trick. The Leading Player assures him that when Pippin does it, it will be for real. He basically is asking Pippin to set himself on fire. The Leading Player prepares for Pippin to do this, and announces it to the audience. Pippin wants to do something extraordinary. Well, what could be more extraordinary than this? ("Finale") The Leading Player and all the rest of the Players slowly "seduce" Pippin into walking into the box, but just before he is about to do it, he stops. Catherine and Theo appear and slowly Pippin turns to them and goes toward them. The Leading Player is infuriated by this, and wants Pippin to continue with the Finale.
Pippin takes Catherine and Theo by the hand, and the three of them
stand together. The Leading Player threatens Pippin - showing him what
life would be like without colored lights, costumes, and make-up. Pretty
soon, all the theatrical effects are gone and Pippin, Catherine, and
Theo are standing on stage in black tights.
The Leading Player apologizes to the audience for this and the Players all leave the stage. The lights all go out - except for a work light, which a stage manager brings out. Even the orchestra packs up and leaves. Pippin, Catherine, and Theo are virtually alone. Catherine asks Pippin if he feels he has compromised. He answers "no." She asks him if he feels like a coward. Again he responds “no.” He can only tell her that he feels “trapped but happy .” End thus ends this musical comedy.
The following roles/chorus will be cast after the callback audition is complete including some who were called back but did not get called back.
LAB, CLB, Woods
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Wed Nov 2 Rehearsal 3-6pm
Thu Nov 3 Sports-Red Rehearsal 3-5:30pm
Fri Nov 4 Rehearsal 3-6pm
Mon Nov 7 FALL BREAK
Tue Nov 8 Election FALL BREAK (Optional Rehearsal TBA)?
Wed Nov 9 Rehearsal 3-7pm
Thu Nov 10 Rehearsal 3-7pm
Fri Nov 11 Rehearsal 3-7pm
Mon Nov 14 Dress/Tech Rehearsal 3-7pm
Tue Nov 15 Dress/Tech Rehearsal 3-7pm (Full Make-up)
Wed Nov 16 Preview / Rehearsal 3-7pm Go Time 4pm
Thu Nov 17 Performance 7pm Call-5:30pm
Fri Nov 18 Performance 7pm Call-5:30pm
Sat Nov 19 Performance 7pm Call-5:30pm
Sun Nov 20 Performance 2pm Call-12:30pm
Mon Nov 21 Strike, Replace Pit, costume props pick-up 3-6pm
Tue Nov 22 Any additional clean-up