Bellarmine to Stage Musical “Pippin”

Bellarmine to Stage Musical “Pippin”

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Students at Bellarmine College Preparatory prepare costumes for the musical, “Pippin.”

Bellarmine College Preparatory’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the musical, “Pippin.”

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin” is ultimately about the power and magic of theatre to transform and transport an audience. A troupe of magicians and actors will stage the story of Pippin, King Charlemagne the Great’s son, who searches for the meaning of life through the battlefield and glory, temptations and love, and intrigues of political power before finding it in the most unexpected of places.

According to Jeremy Lum, Bellarmine alumnus, faculty member, and director of this offering, “In the original Broadway production, it was a group of actors. In the more recent revival, it was a circus troupe. We have focused on using the Roma culture, or gypsy culture, as a means of bringing this show to life.”

Lum indicates that Tarot will be a featured element, as will costumes built from the collecting of fabrics and pieces. “Each actor has been asked to create the character who is the member of the acting troupe and then have that player create the character they are playing in the show, “said Lum. “This type of meta-acting is difficult and dual layered.”

Lum hopes the production will connect to high schoolers as he sees it as being about the magic and power of dreams to transform, yet also the danger of getting lost in those dreams and forgetting who we are and the present moment.

“Pippin” runs March 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 2 p.m. All performances are in the Main Stage Theatre of the Sobrato Center for Humanities and the Arts on the Bellarmine campus. Tickets available at www.bcp.org.