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'Pippin' Soars on the Lasdon Theater Stage

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The Upper School fall musical "Pippin" soared on the Lasdon Theater stage and let "our spirits run free" as the audience swayed to the music, sang along with the performers, and followed Pippin as he searched for his "corner of the sky" at two performances, Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov, 12.

The young Harvey performers were up to the challenge of the Broadway musical that won five Tony Awards and is a contemporary classic featuring Bob Fosse choreography. Using the medieval legend of Charlemagne's son, Pippin, heir apparent to the Holy Roman Empire, this musical pageant called "Pippin" is a parable about a young man's search for meaning, truth, and not wanting to live an ordinary life.

Pippin, played with exuberance and dynamic spirit by senior Jacob Weisberger, is introduced by the Leading Player in a magnificent performance by senior Kara Freedman. Senior Ari Klein, as Pippin's father King Charles, commanded the stage with great humor and wit, equally matched by the performance of senior Issi Ovelar as his manipulative wife and Pippin's stepmother, Fastrada. Younger brother Lewis was not to be ignored; the light shone bright on the talent of Jordan Cole '25.
 
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The Manson Trio made up of seniors Kailey Bologh, Emiliana Knauer, and Jordan Latta, delivered Fosse choreography in true style, and Alexa Williams '24 brought the house to life, prompting the audience to sing along in "No Time at All." The widow Catherine, was played with tenderness and heart by senior Aleah Ford Sussman, and her young precocious daughter, Thea, was played with stubborn tenderness by Meghan Sullivan '25.
 
The entire cast rounded out this entertaining dance and musical ensemble that encouraged the audience to join in on the fun, surrounding them throughout the show and transforming the entire black box theater into the world of Pippin.
 
Strong vocal performances were accompanied by Mx. Redler on keyboard, Ms. Davies on flute, Mr. Scholes on guitar, Mr. Zambrano on drums, and Mr. Sabia on trumpet.
 
The production was directed by Mr. Alexander, with music direction by Mx. Redler and original choreography for the Harvey production by Ms. Gambino. Many thanks to all the faculty, staff, and students who helped behind the scenes on set and lighting design, costumes, props, and sound. It takes a village!
 
 
 
As Pippin's grandmother said, "Oh, it's time to start livin', time to take a little from this world we're given, time to take time, 'cause spring will turn to fall, in just no time at all."
 
Pippin finds happiness in the end living an "extraordinarily" ordinary life. Well done, cast and crew of "Pippin!"
 
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