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March 2007

Release Date: March 14, 2007

‘Pippin’ Coming to ASU Stage

Angelo State University’s drama program will present the light-hearted musical comedy “Pippin” for its spring production March 21-25 and 29-31 in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. March 21-24 and 29-31, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 25. Tickets are $8 general admission, $4 for non-ASU students and ASU activity card holders, and $3 for ASU students and Arts at ASU subscribers. The Modular Theatre is located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

“Pippin” features a character named “Leading Player,” the star of a roving troupe of actors, who tells the tongue-in-cheek story of Pippin, son of the eighth-century King Charlemagne. Pippin is on a quest to find his true calling in life, one that he is certain has to be extraordinary. He tries his hand at war, love, politics and running his father’s kingdom, but is met with only dismal failure. When he feels his life is all but over, he finds satisfaction and fulfillment in the most surprising and “ordinary” of places.

One by one, the actors will all come forward and join the Leading Player in welcoming the audience with the song “Magic to Do.” The Leading Player will then inform the audience that they are about to see “the most mysterious tale, with magic, merriment, lust, murder, holy war and a climax never before seen on a public stage.” Thus begins the story of Pippin.

“Pippin” opened on Broadway in 1972 and ran for 1,944 performances. It was originally directed by legendary Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse and featured early performances by Ben Vereen, Jill Clayburgh and John Rubenstein. In various revivals it has also featured Broadway legends Irene Ryan and Martha Raye in supporting roles. The musical score includes the popular numbers “Corner of the Sky,” “No Time at All” and “Spread a Little Sunshine.”

Tickets are on sale now in the ASU box office. The box office is open from 2-6 p.m. weekdays in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. For reservations, call 942-2000.

For more information on the production and cast, contact James Worley with the ASU drama program at 942-2146, Ext. 241.