“PIPPIN” Celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary

The South Church Players present their annual musical, telling the story of young prince Pippin’s search for true happiness. “Celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary.” Tickets available from cast or church office 978-475-0321. $12/advance, $15/at door. Family max $48/advance, $60/at door.  A portion of the proceeds to benefit PRxPR, helping Puerto Rico residents.

Pippin features a troupe of performers led by the charismatic 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 so it is done. 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.

Leading Player: The ultimate ‘ring leader.’ Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience. Played by Barbara Holbrook.

Pippin: Our story’s young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Thea. Played by Jeffrey Cutts.

Charles/Charlemagne: Pippin’s demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride. Played by Bob Waters.

Fastrada: Pippin’s conniving stepmother. She is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both scheming and smart. Skilled at using her feminine appeal to benefit herself and her son. Played by Liz Baldwin.

Lewis: Fastrada’s son; Pippin’s stepbrother. Played by Faolan Curtin-Orsmond.

Berthe: Pippin’s saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest. Played by Candy Dann.

Catherine: A widow and mother. She is a beautiful and a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him. Played by Laine Cutts.

Thea: Catherine’s daughter. Played by Anna McGrath.

Ensemble: The Players, who play Charlemagne’s Army, Monks, Nobility & Peasants