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Best of the Week 2021-2022: Excellence in College Prep


With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, St. Ed's Edwardian Players present "Pippin," the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary, as this year's spring play. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. Pippin's message is universal and will connect with audiences across the age spectrum. "'Pippin' has always been a favorite. The music is among the best by Stephen Schwartz, yet it is relatively unknown, compared to the likes of 'Godspell' and 'Wicked.' The show is very theatrical and broad in style, which is a lot of fun to perform and watch," says Director of Theater Bob Burns. "We're telling a story within a story. The cast are street performers who lure a young man into their production, hoping he will make the ultimate sacrifice for them in the process of becoming extraordinary. It's a joyous show, one that can resonate with everyone. It is colorful and upbeat and has a powerful message of perseverance and love." Unlike most musicals, "Pippin" asks performers not only to sing, dance, and act, but to also perform other entertaining skills from unicycling and gymnastics, to juggling and magic. "The ensemble is a more integral part of the story than in any other musical we've ever done. There is a lot of dancing, many costume changes, and every cast member has learned a new skill and have spent many hours developing their new talents," says Mr. Burns. "The multilevel set for this show spans the entire width of our stage and we are using more lights than ever before. 'Pippin,' for us, has become a total immersive performance experience - a combination of a rock concert, circus, and a musical." St. Ed's Edwardian Players present "Pippin" for two weekends, with opening night this Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will also be held on April 2, April 8 and April 9 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 10 at 3:00 p.m. Click here to purchase your pre-sale tickets and for more information about upcoming performances. Break a leg to the cast and crew of "Pippin!"


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