Skyline Drama Presents Another Musical Masterpiece!
October 5, 2017
This year, the Skyline theater department has chosen Pippin as the fall musical. Pippin is told from the perspective of traveling troupe artists that follow a young man named Pippin throughout his different encounters and experiences.
From bloody battles to Pippin’s short time as the royal king to Pippin deciding to join the circus. Essentially, the play tells a glamorized tale of a boy who is trying to find himself in his own “corner of the sky”.
Pippin arrived on Broadway on October 23, 1972 at the Imperial Theater in New York City. From opening night Pippin was a hit. It was loved by all audiences because everyone could relate to it. Pippin is about a prince who just graduated from college and doesn’t know what he wants in life.
“The ensemble cast tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. To prove his loyalty to his distracted father, King Charles, Pippin goes to war.
But when the Leading Player convinces the prince to fight tyranny, Pippin kills Charles and takes over the throne”, says broadway.com. Pippin ran on Broadway for over 5 years and had an outstanding 1,944 performances though it closed on June 12, 1977 but was soon rebooted in 2013 and ran for another 2 years. Pippin was originally written by a man named Stephen Schwartz.
Needing somebody to produce his script and score, he went to another man he knew named Stuart Ostrow. Ostrow liked the general idea of the musical but didn’t like the script or the way it was written.
By this time a man named Roger Hirson had heard of this play through the grapevine and so he offered to rewrite the script but only if he could do it in book form.
Schwartz and Ostrow agreed and so that’s how The Adventures of Pippin came to be. The book is more commonly known than the musical even though the musical is the one that came first.
Pippin is a very influential story that most everyone can relate to in some way or another.
The student body at Skyline is all very excited to see how the theater department decides to portray this magical musical. According to an anonymous Skyline student in the Pippin cast, everyone should look forward to the play because “It’s an exciting show that not a lot of high schools could execute… it is extremely entertaining, filled with amazing music, and is an inspiring story about a journey to find individuality”
The final cast list was posted on Friday, September 1, with our very talented actors and actresses beginning months of rigorous practice.
The main character, Pippin, will be played by William Cheeseman who has been previously seen in last year play as Lady Macbeth. Catherine will be played by Virginia Pohl who played the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, for Skyline’s student-directed production.
Pippin will be open Thursday, November 16, through Monday, November 20. For more information, check out the Skyline Drama Website .