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'Pippin' to be Presented Nov. 20-22, Nov. 24

Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 [5:33 PM]

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Robert Brock, Jeremy Cloyd and Brenna Murray discuss 'Pippin.' by LindseyWilsonCollege

Cast members Lacy Martin & LaDevany Franklin 'Pippin.' by LindseyWilsonCollege

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 own way."


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 revival.


"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 self-discovery.


"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 or (270) 590-4803. Follow the show at @PippinLWC2013.


The Cast
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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