The Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School, in association with ShenanArts, is proud to present Pippin,music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. In this fairy-tale-with-a-twist, a high-energy troupe of circus players helps (or hinders) Prince Pippin in his quest for true happiness.
The show will run January 16-19 at nTelos Theater. Performance times are as follows: Jan. 16-18 at 7:00 p.m. and Jan. 19 at 3:00 p.m.
This musical follows the life journey of Prince Pippin as he seeks to find his true purpose and identity. He tries his hand at war, women, politics, and even regicide, but he always finds himself “empty and vacant.” In the end he faces a choice between the glorious finale offered by the Leading Player and the rest of the troupe, or the simple joys of home and family. Musical numbers include “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Simple Joys,” and “Morning Glow,” among others.
Tickets are $10 for students under 18, $12 for senior citizens and college students, and $15 for adults. The performance is recommended for children 12 and up. For tickets, please visit www.ShenanArts.org.
Under the direction of Cassy Whitacre, Pippin features Gwynne Wood as the Leading Player, Collin Wheeler as Pippin, AJ Jackson as King Charlemagne, Kylie Nabers as the conniving Fastrada, Stone Stowers as Pippin’s half-brother, Lewis, and Leara Shumate as his encouraging grandmother, Berthe. Chelsie Burks and Walter Pulz play Catherine and Theo, the family who offers Pippin a different perspective on life. The cast also includes Alyssa Cannaday, Katarina Capaldi, Felicia Childress, Kelly Davis, Mary Desmond, Clarice Ellinger, Lauren Ernst, Joe Evans, Luke Fields, Marie Gilbert, Mandy Gladden, Mackenzie Griffith, Michael Griffith, Sam Hart, Emily Henline, Bryce Kurtz, Hersey Lane, Alex Maneval, Christian Marshall, Rachel Joy Mason, Tony Matteson, Bobby Parolisi, Phillip Ryman, Graham Taylor, and Patrick Wilkins. Megan Pelaccio serves as the production stage manager.
The production is under the musical direction of Mark Thress, with choreography by SVGS alumnus Lindsey Walters. Pippin features set design by Jennifer Vaughan, lighting design by Jennifer Vaughan and Michael Conner, and costume design by Kate Delaney and Susan Vass.
The Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School Theatre program serves approximately 30 gifted and talented 11th and 12th grade students from Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro. The SVGS theatre program is designed to give highly motivated theatre students the opportunity for intensive theatre study both in the classroom and alongside community partners such as ShenanArts and our professional guest artists.