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‘Pippin’ to teach meaning of life

Written by Brian Hickey


If you came to college to find the meaning of life, you might get your answer in today’s performance of “Pippin” at 7:30 p.m. in Sawyer Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Led by Director Eric B. Nielsen, VSU’s theatre and dance department will perform the Broadway musical for students and citizens who enjoy storytelling through music.

“I’m so excited,” Kelsey South, a junior music theatre major, said. “I did this show in high school so it’s really interesting to see everybody do it again but in a completely different directed way.”

For those who don’t know the story of “Pippin,” it is about a young man and his quest to find the meaning of life. The son of a King, Pippin constantly wonders how to attain true happiness.

As a musical, its story is told through song and features ballads, dance numbers and costumes aimed at keeping its audience’s attention.

The cast also believes that “Pippin” will keep the audience entertained with its diverse costumes thanks to the work of Ester Iverson as well as its relatable subject matter.

“The audience will really enjoy the crazy costumes,” Emily Bradford, a junior theatre major, said.  “And it’s relatable because Pippin who’s just come out of college and he’s trying to find what he wants to do with his life.”

Bradford believes that the audience will see all the hard work put into the performance.

“We’ve been working all semester on the show and the closer we get, it gets longer hours and it’s really tiring on the casting crew,” Bradford said. “Our directors really flexible in that he’ll talk to our teachers if we have conflict issues.”

Showings of the play started Wednesday as attendees who desired an early preview of the finished piece were given a sneak peak.

Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on April 1 and April 3.

Tickets for “Pippin” are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $10 for children and non-VSU students and free for VSU students.

Those in attendance of the play are reminded that “Pippin” contains adult themes and language that is not recommended for young audiences.

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