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Friday, August 13, 2010

City Park Players Present the Musical - Pippin

Pippin with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, one of the great American composers, who's most recognizable work is his recent hit, Wicked and book by Roger O. Hirson is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  It was originally produced on the Broadway stage by Stuart Ostrow and directed by Bob Fosse. 

The City Park Players production is directed by Ty Cedars, who also plays the part of Charles/Charlemange, with choreography by David Dabney.  

Julian Anderson
We are pleased to have 
Malik hs
Malik Victorian
Malik Victorian, a student at Pineville High, as our Pippin and Julian Anderson, a graduate of Pineville High, as the Leading Player, a mysterious master of ceremonies of sorts.  This part was played by Ben Vereen on Broadway who won a Tony award for his interpretation of the character. 

Rita Smith is Fastrada, the wife of Charles is the step-mother of Pippin, and Richland Bryant plays her son.  Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe is played by Darrah Mannix, and Emily Pears, also a Pineville High student, plays Catherine, an attractive young widow, who, with her son Theo, played by Jackson Robison, offer a different path to Pippin, as he struggles to find his way in the world.  To round things out, Sarah Lynn Sharp Upshaw plays everyone else.

We hope you'll join us for this magical journey through a young man's imagination and dreams. 

Pippin opens on Thursday August 19 at the Hearn Stage in Downtown Alexandria. Then on  August 21, you are cordially invited to a Saturday Sips and Sweets after the performance of Pippin which begins at 7:30pm.  This post show afterglow party will feature sweet treats prepared by members of the City Park Players Board of Directors.  Mingle with the cast and crew after the show.  There will be door prizes as well as a cash wine bar and other surprises.  

Performances are concluded on August 29.

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