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Regis College brings Pippin to lifeApril 3, 2008
Regis College Theater Company’s spring production is the musical, Pippin. Performances will run Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27, and will be held at the Fine Arts Center.
Once upon a time, the young prince Pippin longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought 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, Pippin found happiness in the simple pleasures of home and family.
The score by Grammy and Oscar winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell and Children of Eden) bursts with one show-stopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers, originally choreographed by Bob Fosse. Initially written as a protest piece to the Vietnam War, and a favorite production of college companies because of the variety of talent it requires, the musical continues to resonate with audiences today. The Regis College Theatre Company re-imagines this Broadway hit for our times.
Based on the book Pippin, by Roger O. Hirson, the production will be directed by Regis College Professor Wendy Lement. The Regis cast members are Meaghan Callahan (Fastrada), Melissa Frederique (Berthe), Kimberly Barrett (Catherine), Kaitlin Flaherty (Theo), Elizabeth Kluchnick (Player), and Danielle Sanford (Player). Other members of the cast include Matthew Romero (Lead Player), Michael Letch (Pippin), Cliff Odle (Charles), Dennis McMenamy (Lewis), Jess Andra (Player), Penny Hansen (Player) and Dave Carney (Player).
Pippin will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24, 25 and 26, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m., in the Eleanor Welch Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center, Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. Tickets are $15 general public; $10 seniors, students; $5 LLARC members. Not recommended for children under 12. For more information, call 781-768-7070.
Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. Approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership and service, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience.