Mount St. Mary Academy student actors and musicians will perform “Pippin” as this year’s Fall Musical on November 13, 14 and 15. “Pippin,” written by Stephen Schwartz and originally choreographed by Bob Fosse, tells the story of the oldest son of Charlesmagne as he searches for his place in the world
The singing, dancing and musical orchestration talents of Mount St. Mary students and young men from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, West Seneca High School, and City Honors High School will be featured. The performances will be held in the school auditorium (3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore) at 7:30 p.m. on November 13 and 14, with a matinee showing at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15.
Kelly Jakiel Copps, co-founder of Buffalo’s Second Generation Theater and one of Business First’s Thirty under 30, will direct and choreograph. Copps, a member of the Mount St. Mary Academy Class of 2004, is Mount St. Mary Academy’s dance and theater teacher.
“When you strip it down to the simplest notion, ‘Pippin’ has always been about finding what makes you truly happy- what makes you you. As Stephen Schwartz so beautifully puts it, finding your ‘corner of the sky,’” says Copps. “What better place to do that than surrounded by a group of talented, kind, and enthusiastic high school students on the MSM stage?”
Tim Wells, the school’s music teacher, returns as the Music and Vocal Director.
The beloved musical was originally staged on Broadway in 1972, but was recently restaged on Broadway earning a Tony Award in 2013 for Best Revival of a Musical. The cast and crew had the unique opportunity of working with Bethany Moore Mejean, a former member of the Broadway Revival cast, who worked with students to fine tune choreography.
Mount St. Mary Academy has a long-standing tradition of musical theater excellence. Previous productions have received critical acclaim, including the student production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” which received Kenny awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Choreography.
To purchase tickets or for information on group rates, call the school at (716) 877-1358. Tickets are priced at $10.00 for adults and students, and $8.00 for children under 14 and senior citizens.