Wheeling Jesuit University Students to Perform Pippin in April

  WJU Communications
  Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:04 AM
  WJU News, Student Services

Wheeling, WV

An ensemble cast of Wheeling Jesuit students will take to the stage inside university’s Troy Theater this April to perform the musical “Pippin.”

pippin1.jpegPHOTO CUTLINE: Wheeling Jesuit University students will perform the musical Pippin April 12-15 inside Troy Theater. Cast members include: front row (l-r); Rachel ​Watson, Dona’e Albert, Nate Foster, ​Berenice Teliz, ​and Anne Frankovich. In back are (l-r) Stephen Hansknecht, Pierce Griffith, Vince Fournier, Halli Richards, Bernadette Tirador, Christine Mellick​ and Mackenzie Shepard.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

The show will be held April 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and April 14-15 at 1 p.m. The show is under the direction of Dave Henderson from Oglebay Institute.

The cast will tell the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. To prove his loyalty to his distracted father, King Charles, Pippin goes to war. Pippin goes to war, but when the Leading Player convinces the prince to fight tyranny, Pippin kills the King and takes over the throne. Realizing his mistake, Pippin begs the Leading Player to bring his father back to life, and she obliges. 

Pippin falls in love with Catherine, a widow with a young son and, much to the Leading Player’s chagrin, he struggles to decide whether he should settle down and pursue a peaceful life.

The musical features such songs as “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic to Do,” “Love Song” and “I Guess I’ll Miss the Man.”

Cast for the show includes:

Pippin: Vince Fournier

Leading Player: Halli Richards

Charles: Stephen Hansknecht

Lewis: Pierce Griffith

Fastrada: Christine Mellick

Catherine: Bernadette Tirador

Berthe: Mackenzie Shepard

Theo: Nate Foster

Ensemble 

Emily Slack, Joey Thomas, Berenice Teliz, Felicity Nolder, Anne Frankovich, Karly Morell, Rachel Smissen, Dalton Rollison, Nate Foster, Rachel Watson and Dona’e Albert. ​

Production Crew

Stage Manager-Cody Stanton

Technical Director-George Bell

Sound: Mike Battista

Costumes: Oglebay Institute School of Dance, Stages of Wheeling

Set Construction - Cody Stanton, Joey Thomas, George Bell and the Cast

Musical Director/Conductor -  Robert Troeger, WJU director of Vocal Music.

Orchestra Coordinator - Anthony Panebianco, WJU director of Instrumental Music

Choreography - Cheryl Pompeo, Oglebay Institute School of Dance 

The cast also will perform songs from the musical during WJU’s annual Gaudiosa – Wheeling Jesuit’s annual gala to support scholarships for students – April 14.

The music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. Pippin is produced with permission from Music Theater International 421 West 54th St., New York, N.Y.

Performances are free on a first-come basis. Reservations are not taken. Call 304-243-2095 for more information.

Press Contact

Kelly Klubert
kklubert@wju.edu
304-243-8165


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