Beekmantown Central hosting production of 'Pippin'

BEEKMANTOWN - The Beekmantown High School Drama Club will take the stage this weekend with its production of the Broadway musical "Pippin."

Director Jacqueline Robertin said she is excited about this weekend's production, remarking the students "have worked very hard" since rehearsals began in November.

"This cast has just gone above and beyond anything anyone could have expected," said Robertin.

The students were challenged with intricate choreography and musical numbers, but Pippin proved to be a production they could do - and do well, said Robertin.

"There are some beautiful harmonies in the music which took some time to learn, but once they learned the power they needed behind each song, they sang together beautifully," said Robertin. "I think they were challenged on every level and they've risen to meet the challenge."

Pippin is the story of a young man trying to find his place in the world, Robertin explained, and throughout the show he goes through different experiences in order to find where he fits.

"The players that exist in the show are always trying to guide him towards what they want," said Robertin. "They serve as sort of the voice in the back of his head and they're sometimes convincing him to do what he doesn't feel is right."

The play involves Pippin, played by Andrew Peryer, breaking away from what others want and finding his own path, said Robertin.

"I love this show primarily because of its music," she said. "And, the characters in the show are so well-written and so hilarious."

Though Pippin is primarily a "very funny story about the journey of one young man," said Robertin, with Pippin, there are no small parts.

"The way the show is written is as an ensemble cast to emphasize everyone's importance," she said. "And, whenever somebody was missing from rehearsal, they always knew. It would always affect them in some way or another."

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