Monday, May 3, 2010

"Pippin" - a magical & exciting musical

The Eagan High School drama department has a long, impressive history of performing plays and musicals as evidenced by their huge wall covered with framed past performance posters. This musical leads the audience through the story of Pippin, loaded with infectious dance numbers and energetic pop-influenced music. The "leading player" portrayed by Javier Ferreira (center stage) and "Pippin" played by Jordan Oxborough (stage far left), stole the show with their outstanding performances. Over 35 other great cast members and a live "pit orchestra" brilliantly supported them under the direction of retired theater teacher, Dennis Swanson.

Story-line: He was Pepin, the first born son of Charlemagne, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the eighth century. He is accorded only the smallest paragraph in history books. In the case of PIPPIN, the authors were looking for a story of a young man's search for significance. The events are described as happening in 780 A.D. "or thereabouts," and the program describes the setting as "The Holy Roman Empire or thereabouts." But Pippin will be seen as a completely recognizable young man of today who is impatient to find his place in the world. Bravo! Encore!



16 comments:

  1. Wonderful review, Lief! I hope each and every show is sold out.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed the play. That's a nice portrait!

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  3. Sounds like an interesting story! Not your usual high school musical fare at least. :)

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  4. Eagan's high school must be doing some really good activities with their students. A joyful photo it is! Today's Tribune carries a story of another activity: students listening to and then talking with a Holocaust survivor at the History Center in downtown St. Paul. I used to have survivors come in to talk to my students...very powerful. Getting involved in drama is also a super learning experience.

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  5. the play looks interesting and the actors looked confident on their encore performance! ^-^

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  6. Thank you for coming on http://chateau-gontier-daily-photo.blogspot.com/ and for your post about Bikers.

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  7. EHS seems to truly excel in these stage productions. «Louis« would have liked to have seen this.

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  8. Bravos to the actors, director, all the behind-the-scenes people and to the Eagan Public Schools for keeping the arts in the curriculum!

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  9. Re Rotary at Evry - here's what «Louis» wrote about the Excalibur:
    The Excalibur car was designed by Brooks Stevens. Obviously it is intended to remind people of the pre-WWII Mercedes race cars. The original Excalibur was built on a Studebaker chassis and powered by a Studebaker Avanti V-8. Stevens tried mightily to save Studebaker. After Studebaker closed, Stevens continued building the Excalibur continued for a time. If «Louis» isn't mistaken, the Excalibur you show has a General Motors V8 engine."

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  10. Coming to your site always leaves one with hope, happiness, feeling bright - seems indeed a great place to be. Thank you for this small escape.
    Please have a wonderful Tuesday you all.

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  11. Student performances are always so good!!!

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  12. I'm always impressed with your local high school! They seem to be really active in the theater department. Love your photo with them in costume ;-D

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  13. BRAVO! What a cool post!
    Thanks a lot for the sweet memories that this post brought me, I mean about the time when I was attend at University of Fine Arts, and I also be part of a local theater group!Wonderful time!
    I love theater!
    Hugs
    Léia

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  14. Oh gosh, please one more time, forgive my poor English ...please!

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  15. I have never seen a musical, but who knows if there's a local performance nearby I might drop in for a visit.

    I'm sure everyone here is a future musical star.

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