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Greendale High students to perform 'Pippin' musical

Kamilah Lay (center) sings in the opening sequence for the Greendale High School production of “Pippin.”

Kamilah Lay (center) sings in the opening sequence for the Greendale High School production of “Pippin.” Photo By C.T. Kruger

March 11, 2014

Greendale — After tackling musical productions like "Peter Pan" and "Beauty and the Beast," Greendale High School's Theater Department is ready for something more mature: "Pippin."

The Tony Award-winning musical follows the journey of Pippin — prince and son of Charlemagne in the early Middle Ages — as he tries to find meaning in his life.

"'Pippin' was a very famous show in the early 1970s, and I saw the show during my college years," said theater director Eric Christiansen. "It's a show I have always wanted to do."

The 1972 musical production, written by "Wicked" creator Stephen Schwartz, "isn't that well known," Christiansen said, "but it was recently revived in Broadway."

"Pippin" parallels social issues that many experienced in the 1970s, including war, sexual evolution and "what it means to be in a committed relationship," Christiansen said.

"I wanted to do something a little more grown up, and the kids love it," he said. "We're way past making silly jokes (about suggestive content), because they know it's integral to the show. Pippin is about searching for a completely fulfilled life.

"They're (the students) taking away the idea of 'what does it mean to have meaning in your life?'"

The production has a smaller cast than other previous plays, with about 32 students, but is filled with dance ensembles, he said.

Due to mature language and suggestive situations, the theater department recommends that "Pippin" is most suitable for children over the age of 13.

Tickets can be purchased online at seatyourself.biz/ghstheatre or in the auditorium lobby after school.

For ticket information, call (414) 755-3565 or email ghstheatre@wi.rr.com.

Just the Facts

What: Greendale High School production of "Pippin"

Where: Greendale High, 6801 Southway

When: 7:30 p.m. March 13, 20-22 and 2 p.m. March 16

Cost: $10 for adults and $8 for students 18 and under; Matinee tickets cost $7 for all.

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