SPRINGVILLE—A story of adventure, humor and drama will be coming to Springville Center for the Arts as “Pippin” graces the Carol Mongerson Theater stage July 26, 27, 28, Aug. 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and July 29 and Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.
The musical, directed by Tyler Lord, follows Pippin, the heir to the Frankish throne, who is in search of true happiness in his life. Throughout his journey for happiness, Pippin tries everything from going to war to relationships and political power, before discovering true happiness is harder to achieve than he thought.
“There are definitely a lot of laughs, it’s very upbeat, very energetic and family friendly,” Lord said. “Very entertaining, very on the edge of your seat … the set and the lights are going to be really cool, we are going to have some really cool acrobatics and things that will be very fun.”
For the past seven years, SCA has brought in interns from across the country through its summer internship program who will be handling all the production for the musical. Along with Lord as the director, the other theater summer interns will be taking on various roles including Tori Eure as choreographer, Kingsley Kolek as music director and Jill Friedland as stage manager.
With this performance being his first as a director, Lord commended all the other interns, everyone at SCA and the Springville community for making his experience enjoyable as a summer intern so far and hopes he can turn his newly learned skills into a fun musical for those of all ages.
“I go to school for musical theater so I have been in quite a lot of shows and when I decided I wanted to direct, I basically took all of the quirks and things I liked from my past directors and meshed it into one … a lot of work beforehand so that I can go in with the most amount of knowledge,” Lord said.
“I learned a lot of things I didn’t know how to do before, like set building, tech design and working with different age groups,” he added. “We work very hard and I definitely got a lot out of it … I love who I work with and love who I work for.”
From the actors to the crew and everyone involved in the performance, Lord is happy to see the musical coming together as opening night approaches and is excited to be able to work with others who share the same passion.
“They are such a hard working cast,” Lord said. “I could not have done it without such a hard working cast. They come in everyday on time … they come in knowing their stuff, they are super passionate about what they do, we are super passionate about what we do and that’s made this process so much more enjoyable.”
Actors include Merrick Allen as Pippin, Kristen Pszonak as Leading Player, Amanda Maybray as Catherine, Zack Martin as King Charlemagne, Campbell Brown as Berthe, Abigail Jusiak as Fastrada, Levi Von Iderstein as Lewis and Tyler Brennan as Theo. Emma Stroka, Melyssa Prouty, Victoria Ehrig, Gina Dubay, Gavin Hurley and Meghan Hotchkiss will also be in the performance.
Tickets are $15 general and $12 for students or seniors. The show on July 26 will be "Pay What You Can With a Can" night where patrons can pay any donation amount when they bring a non-perishable food item or pet food.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit springvillearts.org or call 592-9038.