COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
Theatre Program will present the award-winning musical
Pippin Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 24 in V.P. Henry Auditorium.
The play is directed by Lindsey Wilson College Assistant Professor
of Theatre Robert Brock.
Pippin is the story of a young man, Pippin, and
his father, Charlemagne -- both real-life figures from the Middle
Ages. But that's where the story's similarity to history ends. The
musical -- which was written by Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote
Godspell and Wicked -- is about Pippin's search
for meaning in a seemingly dispirited world.
The play -- which opened on Broadway in 1973 and was
revived earlier this year -- has won four Tony Awards.
Brock -- who directed Godspell in 2012 at LWC --
says Pippin is also about the magic of theater.
"Pippin is about life in the theater. It's about
magic of theater, the magic of illusion, the magic an actor has to
bring an audience along on a story," Brock said. "And in that story, in the story
of Pippin, the character of Pippin … sets out to find his
As part of cast members' preparation for the LWC
production, they attended a performance of the revival on Broadway
and also had a workshop with a cast member from the Pippin
"They learned how intense those people work, how good
they are at what they do, and how much they train," Brock said.
LWC student Jeremy Cloyd of
Tompkinsville, Ky., who plays Pippin said that Pippin especially
appeals to young people because the musical's story is about
"I like Pippin because it relates to who I am and who
were are as a college student," Cloyd said. "You don't go into
Pippin and read through Pippin and get to do
Pippin without seeing this journey to find fulfillment --
this journey that we all go on. … You see Pippin get scared, and
you see Pippin get anxious and nervous, and then you see him get
real excited and fall back down on his face."
Brenna Murray of Russell Springs, Ky.,
plays the Leading Player -- the character in the troupe who helps
guide Pippin on his journey. Brenna says she has learned a lot of
life lessons from working on the show.
"Finding what's right within your heart … is kind of a
big lesson that I've learned," she said. "Do what you feel is
right, maybe not so much what other people are telling you."
Pippin will be performed at 7 p.m. CT Nov. 20-22 and
2 p.m. CT Nov. 24 in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St.
For ticket information, contact Robert Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (270) 590-4803. Follow the show at @PippinLWC2013.
Leading Player -- Brenna Murray of Russell Springs, Ky.
Pippin -- Jeremy Cloyd of Tompkinsville, Ky.
Charles -- Lake Salsbury of Campbellsville, Ky.
Lewis -- Timothy Hoffman of Glasgow, Ky.
Fastrada -- Lacy Martin of Gamaliel, Ky.
Berthe -- Brooke Spatol of Louisville, Ky.
Catherine -- Erika Finley of Hopkinsville, Ky.
Theo -- C.J. Bonifer of Greensburg, Ky.
Player -- LaDevany Franklin of Glasgow, Ky.
Player -- Mariah Lane of Henderson, Ky.
Player -- Bethany Wilhelm of Clay, Ky.
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