Pippin, Keystone’s HS musical performance, is set inside a video game named Pippin and conveys the story of a young person’s epic journey to find what sets him apart from the crowd.
When asked about his motivation behind choosing this musical, Director R. Allen Babcock explained that "the Theatre@Keystone student board actually chose this musical. We discussed a few possibilities and then they took a vote. For me, this is my first time directing this musical, but I am very familiar with it. In fact, I played one of the players in my own Pippin high school production 20 years ago, and I am excited to revisit it."
“Pippin is first and foremost the story of a young man trying to find himself,” continued Babcock. “However, in its larger context, the musical asks important questions about a human being’s place in society and what it truly means to be extraordinary. Our hero, Pippin, is based on an actual historical character, Pepin, the son of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and our story refers a bit to this.”
Also Director of the Performing Arts Center at Keystone, R. Alan Babcock will bring Pippin in collaboration with professional Musical Director Danny Musha (USA). “This is also the first full-scale musical theatre production for Theatre@Keystone; and it is huge! We have brought in a professional Musical Director, Mr. Danny Musha, from New York City to help us with the production,” he said.
Mr. Musha has been assisting with student rehearsals and will conduct the orchestra for the performances, comprising eight Keystone employees, eight Keystone students and three professional musicians. These 19 musicians together with the 30 student actors and 10 students managing the technical support come together to tell one amazing story. Not to be missed! 7, 8, and 9 December, 7pm in the PAC. To reserve tickets, click here.