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Students Shine in "Pippin" Performance
Posted 05/14/2019 11:20AM

There was "magic to do" when a prince learned the true meaning of war, love and glory in Stephen Schwartz's iconic and unforgettable musical masterpiece “Pippin”. Staged by the Upper School theater department, guests began their magical experience the moment they walked in. Ushers balanced juggling tricks while showing audience members to their seats. The school gym was transformed into a theater dressed up as a carnival that helped tell the story of a young man trying to find fulfillment in his life.

Filled with outstanding acting and singing plus wonderful costumes and set design, “Pippin” showed how its title character, played by Derek Privman ‘19, learned to listen to his heart and find that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the ordinary moments that happen every day.

Prior to opening night, Privman said the show was an important piece of art for high school students to study, participate in and see because, “we can all relate to trying to figure out where we belong in the world.”

Maya Pellitteri ‘19, a featured dancer in the production, echoed those sentiments, saying that most high school students are, “beginning their real search for self” and “sometimes you need to explore a bit before you are able to listen to your heart.”

Asked if there is a message in “Pippin” that she finds important, Lauren Parnes ‘19, who played the role of Fastrada, said , “it might take awhile to find yourself but the journey can be fun!  You can't rush finding who you are and no one is on a set path.”

Cam Goldberg ‘19, who took on the role of Lewis, added, “You are allowed to try things out in a world that tells you to settle on a life path by 18...just be you!”

“Pippin” played to three audiences from May 9-11. The show’s director, Ms. Cait Hynes, said “Pippin is a wonderful coming of age story that remains powerfully relevant no matter when or how you stage it. When you peel back the ‘spectacle’ of the Leading Players and their troupe, you find themes of self-discovery, the search for meaning, and the struggle to respond to external pressures and expectations, which are ones that so many of our students face in their own lives. I am incredibly impressed by the dedication of this cast, who went above and beyond in making this show a true group collaboration.”

The full cast included: Ella Bakula-Rusk ‘20, Anthony Berini ‘20, Jessica Brown ‘22, Stephanie Eisenstein ‘19, Joshua Etienne ‘21, Olivia Fiocco ‘21, Nicholas Galette, ‘20, Cam Goldberg ‘19, Gavin McDonough ‘19, Lauren Parnes ‘19, Maya Pellitteri ‘19, Lucia Pepe ‘20, Xela Perun ‘19, Derek Privman ‘19, Callie Todd ‘22, Ayva Vitacco ‘21 and Aidan Walsh ‘20.

The crew who brought “Pippin” to life through set design, prop design, sound, lighting and stage work included: Merve Balantaki ‘19, Kevin Blumenthal ‘19, John Calacanis ‘22, Walker Cianfrance ‘22, Jason Dasaro ‘19, Anton Davis ‘20, Stephanie Eisenstein ‘19, Mariel Fishel-Rich ‘21, Nick Fort ‘19, Crystal Freeburn ‘19, Cam Goldberg ‘19, Jackson Goldstein ‘22, Jared Holman ‘22, Rowan Ives ‘19, Zachary Kladko ‘20, Ian Moran ‘19,  Dominique Perone ‘19, Xela Perun ‘19, Derek Privman ‘19, Emma Raineri ‘22, Ariana Solecki ‘21, Ariana Terzuoli ‘20, Lexuan Wang ‘22 and Jessica Zuckerman ‘20.

Additional support was provided by:
Choreographers: Dr. Noreen Stewart and Ms. Margaret Capotorto
Music Director: Mr. Logan Medland
Technical Director: Mr. Josh Freeburn ‘09
Set Construction: Mr. Dean Bevilacqua and Matthew Durnin ‘11
Set Decoration: Ms. Helena Ng, Ms. Reese Mattison and Ms. Elyssa Shaffran
Promotional Media: Mr. Gabriel Friere

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