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King College Theatre will present the Broadway classic, Pippin, with music and lyrics
by Stephen Schwartz, as part of the King's 85th celebration of Dogwood Weekend. The
production opens at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol on Wednesday,
April 13 at 7:30 p.m. and runs Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 15 at
8:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 16 at 2:30 p.m.
The popular musical captivates audiences with its tongue in cheek humor, pop rock
score, and memorable characters. In this morality tale, a band of wandering players
tells the story of Pippin, the son of Charlemagne. Pippin longs to discover the secret
of true happiness and fulfillment, looking for it on the battlefield, in the temptations
of the flesh, and in political plots for power.
Pippin speaks volumes to young adults today, said Elizabeth Dollar, associate professor
of theatre. He is looking for his calling, where he fits in. He wants to be extraordinary,
but he is unsatisfied with all that he tries.
Stephen Schwartz's (Godspell, Wicked) energetic score is filled with one show stopping
number after the next. King College's production is directed by Dollar, set, lighting
and sound designed by Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of theatre, costumes
designed by Adriel Slaughter, and musical direction is by Amy L. Oblinger. The production
stage manager is Christina Matheson. The cast includes Ian Charles as Pippin, Jenson
Lavallee as Leading Player, Chip Hanks as Charles, Nora Beth Moran as Fastrada, Trung
Phan as Lewis, Morgan Williams as Berthe, Tinsley Long as Catherine, Claire Hesser
as Theo, and Jordan Cravens, Matthew Larkin, Aaron Pena, Chelsea Powelson, Tamara
Tester, and Hannah Witt as the Players.
Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens, $5.00 for students, and
will be available at the Paramount Box Office in downtown Bristol, Tenn. For more
information, contact Elizabeth Dollar at 423-652-4839.