at the Vam York Theatre; 4039 NW 16th Blvd, near Publix</div>
Pippin, the hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale that captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere arrived on the stage of the Vam York Friday, March 20 and runs through Saturday, April 11 (no performance on Easter Sunday, April 12). The energetic pop-influenced score by three-time Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Children of Eden) bursts with one show-stopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers.
Pippin follows the tale of young prince Pippin, who yearns to lead “an extraordinary life.” He seeks his true purpose in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. Luckily, he doesn’t have to search alone.
Coming to his aid are a beautiful but ordinary kind of woman, a small boy and his duck, a feisty grandmother with too much time (and too many men) on her hands, a truly wicked but supportive stepmother, an undereducated and overpowered king and a troupe of timeless, crazy players and their charismatic and scheming leader. Together, they present two hours of pure magic.
Pippin showcases the talents of Bennett Lloyd as Pippin, Malik Grady as the Leading Player, Sarah Viskovich as Catherine, Lola Hassan-Adams as Fastrada, Katie Crozier as Berthe, Kevin Hanson as King Charles, Tony Lupi as Lewis, Austn Halvosa and Zachary Mitchell as Theo, and Crystal Coleman, Elizabeth Dean, Scott McPherson, Anna Olcese, Eric Ottenberg, Savannah Radcliffe, Brandon Telg, Sarah Welch and Jamie Wenzell as Players. The production team consists of Keith Newhouse (Director), Ashley McPherson (Assistant Director/Vocal Director), Carolyne Salt (Assistant Director), Lisa Litz (Music Director), Sarah Ingley (Choreographer), Andy Smith (Fight Choreographer), Shay Hudleston (Dance Captain), Justin Slack (Rehearsal Pianist), Betty Keena & the Seam Team (Costumes), Joe Keena (Set Design), Jacquelyn Hixon (Lighting Design), Kristen Paulson (Sound), Erin Kleim (Properties), Alex Mrazek (Set Decoration) and Katie Keena (Stage Manager).
Tickets are $16 and are available at the Book Gallery West, located in the Millhopper Shopping Plaza next door to the playhouse (phone: (352) 371-1234, open Mon - Sat 9 am - 9 pm., Sunday 11 am - 6pm) or at the door the night of the performance.
Student rush tickets are just $10 and are available at the door beginning one-half hour before curtain for every performance that has seating available— not just on Wednesdays! Please be prepared to show student ID if you are not obviously of school-going age.
While not graphically explicit, Pippin does explore adult themes (albeit in a tasteful and very funny way). Parental discretion is advised.
See what the Gainesville Sun had to say about the production last week: http://www.gainesville.com/article/2009
Don’t miss this spectacular evening of magic! Join us— we look forward to seeing you there!