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To Present 'Pippin'
MAILED: Feb. 10, 2000|
A musical comedy about the son of the eighth-century Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne, will be told by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students when they perform Roger O. Hirson's "Pippin" beginning Thursday, Feb. 24.
Assistant professor of music and theatre arts Richard Nimke, who is directing the University Theatre production, said "Pippin" is a play about life's journey and discovering the meaning of life.
"Charlemagne's son is not satisfied with anything," Nimke said. "He wants to taste everything and see everything. It's an adult fairy tale quest."
The play, which is told and performed by a band of players, brings the audience along on Pippin's adventures, which include war, sex, politics and domesticity.
"What Pippin realizes at the end of his journey to find himself is that he can't find what he's looking for elsewhere. He has to find it within himself and connections with others," Nimke said.
"Pippin," originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse in 1972, was the third-longest-running Broadway production of the decade. The score was written by Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music for Disney's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Pocahontas." The music mixes styles of pop, rock and traditional Broadway.
"Pippin" opens at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in Kjer Theatre. Additional performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26 and March 2-4, and a matinee performance will take place at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and children 17 and under, or $6 for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students with a university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 10, 2000