The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre presents Pippin, the first production of the 2019-2020 season that runs Sept. 27-Oct. 5 at the Taylor Theatre.
The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre invites you to attend Pippin, the first production of the 2019-2020 season that runs Sept. 27-Oct. 5 at the Taylor Theatre. Pippin is a historically fictitious story about the escapades of the young son of Charlemagne as he finds his corner of the sky, told by a mysterious troupe of performers. The show premiered in 1972 with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. Dominick Amendum, with impressive credits that include the mega-hit musical Wicked on Broadway, 1st National Tour, and Los Angeles companies, will music direct the production.
Director, Erin Farrell Speer, is eager to provide the audience an extraordinary experience that will demonstrate why Pippin is still relevant today. In a video message to the UNCG School of Theare cast of Pippin, Composer Stephen Schwartz compared Pippin’s journey to the realities of contemporary society:
Pippin’s journey is all of ours, and I think his story can resonate in a way with each person who sees it. Especially today, when our entire nation is obsessed with appearing ‘extraordinary’. In truth, we are dealing with rampant depression as individuals become more isolated due to technology and media. Yet, we all put on our best faces and share our highlight reels, all the while searching for what we are meant to do in this lifetime.
According to Speer, the Players reminded her of a traveling troupe of Commedia dell’Arte performers. “This is reflected by the multiple Arlecchino references in Fosse’s original choreography. We are really leaning into the troupe aspect of the Players and honoring the legacy of Bob Fosse’s work while marrying the style to the revival version of the script.”
Erin Farrell Speer graduated with her MFA in Musical Theatre Direction from The Pennsylvania State University in 2018 and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan in 2006. She brings a fresh, high energy into her work and collaborations. With a focus on dance and a love for the classics, Erin’s vision and ability landed her an assistant directorial Broadway credit on Escape to Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffet musical where she worked alongside Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley.
Tickets for Pippin are available online at https://www.uncgtheatre.com; by phone (336.334.4392); or in person at the UNCG Theatre Box Office located at 406 Tate St., Greensboro, NC 27412. Hours of operation for the UNCG Theatre Box Office are Monday-Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The UNCG School of Theatre is also proud to announce our UNCG Backstage production of Pippin for prospective students and their families.
About the UNC Greensboro School of Theatre
The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre educates and trains students as professional artists in performance, design, theatre for youth, and theatre education. Our rigorous BA, BFA, and MFA programs produce exemplary theatre artist with the knowledge, skills, and vision to work professionally in the performing arts. The School of Theatre is committed to creating and nurturing a diverse, engaged, artistically well-balanced body of future professionals, performers, and teachers. Our mission is to nurture our students’ dreams, enhance their talents, and help them to turn passion into purpose on and off the stage.
About UNC Greensboro
UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 50 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre thanks Cheesecakes by Alex for sponsoring their fall musical.