Forest City, Iowa – Waldorf College’s theatre and music departments are setting out to discover the nature of life this season through the musical Pippin, on stage at the Smith Theatre February 15 - 18.
Originally created by Stephen Schwartz, and a big Broadway hit in the early 1970s, Pippin is the story of a young prince in search of the meaning and significance of life.
“It’s an ¬¬interesting idea. It questions the purpose of life and ‘what is a successful life lived?’” said Dr. Bob AuFrance, associate professor of theatre at Waldorf College and co-director of the musical. The lead character Pippin will be played by sophomore William Eilts, who is also a member of the Waldorf Choir. “William is doing a fantastic job,” said Dr. AuFrance. “He has the perfect amount of young nervous energy to effectively portray the character.”
Dr. AuFrance enjoys sharing the director role with colleague Dr. Adam Luebke, director of choral activities at Waldorf College and co-director of music for Pippin.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to be able to collaborate with colleagues,” Dr. AuFrance said.
Dr. Luebke, who is directing a musical for the first time, agrees. “I’ve always loved the combination of music and drama. I’m very excited to be a part of the theatre production,” he said. “Our students are really invested in this production. They have worked very hard, and have done a great job.” The musical has 14 cast members, five of whom are freshman. According to Dr. Luebke, the audience can expect upbeat music with rock rhythms and a jazz influence.
“Pippin is a wonderful musical with a strong message,” said Dr. AuFrance. “And everyone loves a musical.”
Pippin will be performed from February 15 to 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Theatre, including a special preview at the Sweetheart Banquet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11.
Tickets for the show are available at $10 for adults, $8 for students and $2 for Waldorf students. To book tickets, please call 641-585-8585, email email@example.com or visit www.waldorf.edu/Virtual-Box-Office to buy tickets online.
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