Madison County Arts Council will present "Pippin" as its summer production. The musical comedy will take place July 17-19 at London High School.
"Pippin" is about the fictitious first son of King Charlemagne. While searching for his own "corner of the sky," Pippin experiences everything from war to love.
The music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, who also brought the theatre world "Godspell" and "Wicked."
Jeff Gates will direct the show. Gates directed "Hello, Dolly" in 2000 and "Arsenic and Old Lace" in 2005. The "Pippin" production staff also includes choreo-grapher Vicki Arnold, music director Jennifer Ruhlen, orchestra conductor Bill Ruhlen, and accompanist Billie Spalsbury.
"It is a great privilege to have the oppor-tunity to work with such a talented and creative staff," Gates said. "This promises to be an equally memorable experience for those in the cast and in the audience."
Auditions will be held in mid-May, with dates and locations to be announced at a later date. As has become tradition, the Arts Council has selected a show that has opportunities for people of almost all ages. "Pippin" is strong in group chorus numbers, also allowing for several one-liners to go along with the main roles.
Described by Gates as a combination of King Arthur’s medieval court and 1960s Woodstock, "Pippin" has many hummable songs and inspiring messages.
The Arts Council’s family-friendly adaptation of "Pippin" will be slightly different than the DVD of the original Broadway production.
Last summer, the council presented "Carousel" at Jonathan Alder High School. Other past shows include "Anything Goes," "Oklahoma," "Pirates of Penzance" and "The Music Man."
Audition dates will also be posted at www.mcaconline.org.