Springville Center for the Arts and S.L.A.M. (Students Loving Art and Music) present the musical Pippin, performing July 26 through Aug. 4. S.L.A.M. is the summer theater workshop for area students entering high school or college. This show won “Best Musical Revival” at the 2013 Tony Awards. It was written by Bob Fosse and Roger O. Hirson with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
The young prince Pippin, who is heir to the Frankish throne, finds himself in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
SCA’s summer interns are leading this production. Director Tyler Lord, Music Director Kingsley Kolek, Choreographer Tori Eure, and Stage Manager Jill Friedland have been leading the students in nightly rehearsals since June.
Actors include Merrick Allen as Pippin; Kristen Pszonak as Leading Player; Amanda Maybray as Catherine; Zack Martin as King Charlemagne; Campbell Brown as Berthe; Abigail Jusiak as Fastrada; Levi Von Iderstein as Lewis; and Tyler Brennan as Theo. Emma Stroka, Melyssa Prouty, Victoria Ehrig, Gina Dubay, Gavin Hurley and Meghan Hotchkiss round out the cast.
Tyler Brennan plays the part of Theo, a young boy who meets Pippin during his journey. “The show has interesting characters that, while funny, also have a deep personality. It has a lot of subtle life lessons, and I think there’s a lot you can take away from it. The music is great and the dances are so precise and impressive.” Brennan said.
Thursday, July 26 is “Pay What You Can With a Can” at 8 p.m. Bring a non-perishable food item and any donation for admission. July 27, 28, Aug. 3 and 4 show time is 8 p.m. There are two matinees at 2 p.m. on July 29 and Aug. 5. Tickets cost $15, $12 for students and seniors and are available online at SpringvilleArts.org or by calling the box office at (716) 592-9038.