Wilkes University Theatre Presents Pippin Nov. 10-12, 17-19
The Wilkes University Theatre presents the musical Pippin. The performances will take place on Nov. 10-11, 17-18 at 8p.m. with a Sunday matinee performance on Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Performances are at Wilkes’ Dorothy Dickson Center for the Performing Arts, 239 S. River St.
This iconic musical comedy is the story of the French Prince Pippin, son of King Charlemagne-- Charles the Great—the medieval emperor who ruled much of Western Europe from 768 to 814. After graduating from college, Pippin is in search of real meaning in his life. Wanting to prove his loyalty, Pippin joins in bloody battle with his father. Becoming entangled in sexual exploits and savvy political maneuvers against the throne, Pippin discovers that true happiness is more complicated than he imagined.
With an infectious and unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin has been successfully produced on stages ranging from high school to Broadway.
The production is directed by Wilkes University Theatre’s Ken McGraw, adjunct professor of music. Choreography is by Sean T. Harris, adjunct dance instructor at Wilkes. The student cast includes:
- Joshua Shepard as leading player
- Justin Gaskill as Pippin
- Michael Rogers as Charles, Pippin’s father
- Kris Tjornhom as Lewis, Pippin’s half brother
- Melissa Berardelli as Fastrada, Lewis’ mother
- Maddison Black as Berthe, Pippin’s grandmother
- Michaela Catapano as Catherine, a widow
- Alex Booth as Theo, Catherine’s son
Select audience members will have the opportunity to sit onstage. General admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors and free for all Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. For a reserved ticket or for more information call the box office at 570-408-4540 and specify seating onstage or in the house. Parking is available at the Henry Student Center along with handicapped accessible options.
Pictured from left to right are students Melissa Berardelli as Fastrada, Justin Gaskill as Pippin and Joshua Shepard as the leading player.