The Bullis drama department always brings a new spin to their productions, and Pippin is the newest in line. Providing a fresh perspective is a main staple of the arts, and with this production of Pippin, the drama department did just that. The production pulled in the audience with the struggle and suffering of Pippin. Scenes of lights flickering, and dark, haunting portrayals gave the play an added dramatic element, beyond Pippin’s excitable nature.
Pippin is a storied musical that has been on Broadway and other famous theater platforms. It is the story of a young prince trying to find meaning in his life. Along the way, he encounters his father and many others who do not care for him as a person, but for his name and stature. When he reaches rock bottom, he finds solace in the hands of a poor chicken farmer and decides to spend his life searching for his passions with a true companion.
The actors and actresses throughout the play brought life and vigor to the production. The incorporation of their own ideas showed in the emotion and inner struggle Pippin had. At every turn, he could not find meaning, and the musical choices reflected his inner pain and despair. Pippin’s opposing forces were perfectly portrayed and provided a strong contrast to his dreams and aspirations. The production and lighting of the play also gave the actors each the spotlight and took over the hearts of the audience. With every new scene brought a new component to the storyline. As Pippin ran out of options, he realized that shooting for the stars was maybe just not meant for him. As the rest of the cast encouraged him to take the path of death and the final step, he decided to live with what he had.
Despite keeping the plot similar, the drama production put their own spin on this production. The attempt has been to, “bring this show to life with our own ideas and interpretations of Pippin”, said Maddie Mancuso ‘19. They did this through new personal relationships between Pippin and his newfound family. The Bullis theater production provided a realistic ending for Pippin when shooting for the stars just did not work out. They brought their own conclusion of the production to life by finally ending his journey for greater things and settling for love. Keeping the plot consistent is always important with this type of production, but providing a conclusion that the audience could relate to made the play truly unique.
The show featured Pippin trying to find meaning in his life after finishing school. He came back home to be like his father, war hero Charlamagne. He found brutality on this path and disobeyed the wishes of his father, and went out on his own. Through every venture he faced, meaning and passion never came to him. He entered a deep state of depression and found comfort in a poor, farming family outside of town. They took him in, provided for him, and he met the woman of his dreams while there. Throughout the production, Pippin is searching for something glamorous and extravagant, but ends up finding solace in a comfortable, humble situation. The play concludes with Pippin denying the grand finale, and choosing to spend the rest of his life with the family who took him in, and made him their own.