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Pippin
music and lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

book by ROGER O. HIRSON

originally produced on broadway by STUART OSTROW and directed by BOB FOSSE

2013 broadway revival directed by DIANE PAULUS

1998 Theo Ending originally conceived by MITCH SEBASTIAN

Pippin is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Presented by StoryBook's Student

Intensive Program

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The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production or distributing recordings on any medium, including the Internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author’s rights and actionable under copyright law. 

Show photos: Original Broadway Cast
SBT Production photos by Tim Ngyuen

August 18th to September 3rd, 2023

Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm

Sundays at 2pm

rated PG | 12+

running time: 
Two act play
150 minute running time
 with one

15 minute intermission

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Pippin is the story of a young man, the son of King Charlemagne. His story is told by an acting troupe, lead by the leading player. The ensemble cast tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. To prove his loyalty to his distracted father, King Charles, Pippin goes to war. But when the Leading Player convinces the prince to fight tyranny, Pippin kills Charles and takes over the throne.

 

Realizing his mistake, Pippin begs the Leading Player to bring his father back to life, and she obliges. The prince falls in love with Catherine, a widow with a young son, and (much to the Leading Player’s chagrin), Pippin struggles to decide whether he should settle down and pursue a peaceful life or continue to make magic with the dazzling troupe of performers.

Summary courtesy of broadway.com

 

The brilliant new production of "Pippin," a 1972 coming-of-age tale, boasts everything you could dream of in a musical - including Stephen Schwartz's terrifically tuneful songs - and a few things you couldn't even imagine.

– NY Daily News

RATING: PG | 12+ 
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Show Summary
Statistics
Production Inclusion Statics

70% FEMALE/NON-BINARY
REPRESENTATION

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84.21% ON STAGE
57.14% OFFSTAGE

32.50% MARGINALIZED REPRESENTATION

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26.32% ON STAGE
38.10% OFFSTAGE

15.00% BIPOC
REPRESENTATION

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15.79% ON STAGE

14.29% OFFSTAGE

25.00% LGBTQIA2S+
REPRESENTATION

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15.79% ON STAGE
33.33
% OFFSTAGE

ABOUT THE CREATORS 

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Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit WICKED, and has also contributed music and/or lyrics to GODSPELL, PIPPIN, THE MAGIC SHOW, THE BAKER’S WIFE, WORKING (which he also adapted and directed), RAGS, and CHILDREN OF EDEN. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s MASS and wrote the title song for the play and movie BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, CAPTAIN LOUIE and MY SON PINOCCHIO. He has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s ENCHANTED as well as the animated features POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. His first opera, SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has been released by Applause Books. Mr. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame . Awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.

Courtesy of Stephen Schwartz's Website

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Roger O. Hirson

Roger O. Hirson was an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. He was born on May 5, 1926. Throughout the 1950s, Hirson created a career writing for television anthology series such as The Armstrong Circle Theatre, Goodyear Television Playhouse, Studio One, and The DuPont Show of the Week. He later wrote plays, including World War 2½ and Journey to the Day, which saw off-Broadway runs. Hirson is most notable for his contributions to the musical theatre for having written the books for Walking Happy and the Stephen Schwartz-composed Pippin, which both received Tony Award nominations for Best Musical. Additionally, Hirson won an Emmy Award for his six-hour 1991 television miniseries about first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Woman Named Jackie. Prior to a divorce, Hirson was married to actress Alice Hirson (of Dallas and Ellen fame), with whom he had a son, David, who penned the award-winning Broadway comedies La Bête and Wrong Mountain. Hirson died in May 2019 at the age of 93.

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Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse, byname of Robert Louis Fosse, (born June 23, 1927, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.—died September 23, 1987, Washington, D.C.), American dancer, choreographer, and director who revolutionized musicals with his distinct style of dance—including his frequent use of props, signature moves, and provocative steps—and was well known for eschewing light comedic story lines for darker and more-introspective plots. He began on the stage, where he worked on such notable productions as Sweet Charity(1966–67; 1986–87) and Chicago (1975–77), and later had a successful, though brief, film career, which was highlighted by Cabaret (1972).

CREATORS
SCENE LIST
DIRECTOR'S NOTES

FROM THE DIRECTOR
 

Welcome to our enchanting journey through the magical musical “Pippin” created by our incredible students of our Student Summer Intensive Program, where the magic of storytelling collides with the captivating melodies of Stephen Schwartz. As the director of this incredible production, I am honoured to share a few thoughts about the remarkable cast and the enchanting music that will unfold before your eyes and ears.

Our cast is a constellation of young talents who have dedicated themselves to mastering their craft. These budding stars have poured their hearts and souls into bringing the characters of "Pippin" to life. With each interaction, each gesture, and each note, they infuse their energy and passion, creating a mesmerizing tapestry of emotions that will undoubtedly resonate with each of you. Their dedication to their roles and their collective commitment to collaboration are the driving forces behind the magic you're about to witness.

The music of "Pippin," composed by the incomparable Stephen Schwartz, is a symphony of emotion and melody. Its notes carry us through a journey of self-discovery, love, and longing, mirroring the challenges and triumphs that define the human experience. From soul-stirring ballads to exuberant anthems, the music serves as a vessel through which our characters express their innermost desires and fears. As you listen, allow yourself to be swept away by the melodies, and let the emotions conveyed by the music resonate within your heart.

As you take your seats and the lights dim, remember that you are an extraordinary part of this journey. The energy and enthusiasm you bring as an audience fuel the performers' spirits, encouraging them to soar to new heights. Be prepared to laugh, to reflect, and to be moved by the stories unfolding before you. Our goal is not only to entertain you but to create a shared experience where we all become immersed in the magic of the moment.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for gracing us with your presence. Your support for these young artists is a testament to the power of the arts to inspire and uplift. Together, we embark on a voyage of creativity, growth, and connection—one that transcends the boundaries of the stage and the seats.

So, as the curtains rise and the first notes fill the air, let us embark on this wondrous journey together. May the performances you witness touch your soul, awaken your imagination, and remind you of the extraordinary magic that lives within us all.

With anticipation and gratitude,

JP Thibodeau

Director

JP Thibodeau

SONG LIST

ACT I

Magic to Do Teacher, Players

Magic to Do Underscore Teacher, Players, Pippin

Corner of the Sky  Pippin

Magic Scene Change - Teacher, Players 

War Is a Science Charles, Pippin, Players

Glory Teacher, Players

Glory Tag Teacher, Players

Victory Underscore Players

Corner of the Sky (Reprise) Pippin

Simple Joys - Players

No Time At All Berthe, Players

With You - Pippin, Players

Spread a Little Sunshine - Fastrada, Players

Morning Glow Pippin, Players

ACT II - 

Opening Act II Players 

Right Track Players 

There He Was - Catherine

Kind of Woman Catherine

Extraordinary Pippin

Love Song - Pippin, Catherine, Players

Corner of the Sky (Last Reprise) - Teacher, Pippin

I Guess I'll Miss the Man Catherine

Finale Players

05 John Rubinstein as Charlemagne and Sabrina Harper as Fastrada in the National Touring P
THE COMPANY

THE CAST

Player 1/Pippin Leah Chan

Player 2 Jayden Durksen

Player 3 Alex Frederiksen

Player 4/Theo Ceilidh MacDonald

Player 5 Sawyer Crawford-Clarke

Player 6/Lewis Conor Thomson

Player 7 Madeleine D'Agnillo

Player 8 Kate Probert

Player 9 Annika Keatley

Player 10 Eve Kirby

Player 11 Shian Choong

Player 12 Norah Abercrombie

Player 13 Tristyn Shehata

Player 14 Jaide Demers

Player 15/Catherine Hayoung Chun

Fastrada Maggie Myles

Charles/Headmaster Thomas Zima

Teacher Sarah Haggeman

Berthe Cathy Martin

THE CREW

Director JP Thibodeau

Acting Coach Cassie Doane

Musical Director Joel Schaefer

Choreographer Stephanie Jurkova-Abaco

Stage Manager Serena Lemire

Assistant Stage Manager Justyn Nishimura

Assistant Stage Manager Kennedy Chan

Intimacy Director Anastasia St. Amand

Property Master Niamh McCallion

Set Designer JP Thibodeau

Production Manager Skylar Desjardins

Lighting Designer JP Thibodeau

Lighting Assistant Pearl Nkomo

Wardrobe Designer Madeline Blondal

Hair Designer Cat Bentley

Sound Designer/Programming Skylar Desjardins

Sound Operator Brady Hillman

Sound Operator Aretha Smith

Artistic Director JP Thibodeau

Marketing Director & Graphic Design Jennifer Merio

Show Photography Tim Nguyen

THE COMPANY
MEET THE CAST
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MEET THE Faculty & Stage Team
STAGE team
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SUPPORTERS, DONORS & CONTRIBUTORS 

GOVERNMENT SUPPORTERS

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PRIVATE SECTOR SUPPORTERS

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MEDIA SUPPORTERS

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DONORS, SUPPORTERS & CONTRIBUTORS

Occasional Notes Productions
Calgary Arts Development
Paul Davies
Teresa O'Regan

Gregory Smith

Clarice Siebens

Lane Olafson

Hesson Persaud

Corinne Spence

Anonymous Trust

Janine Labossiere

Frank Fowler

The Wawanesa Mutual Life Insurance Co.
M.E.G. Energy/Kenneth Wilson
Maria Shaw

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THANK YOU

THANK YOU TO... 

 

Niamh McCallion

Kenzie Bye

Tula Sarsons

Alexandria Lee

Lianne Smith