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Columbian High School is to present the Broadway musical “Pippin” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 23 and 24 in the school auditorium.
Tickets cost $7 and are available at the door or can be reserved by calling (419) 447-6331.
“Pippin” is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Pippin (Campbell Holben) is the firstborn son of Charlemagne. The story starts when Pippin has returned home from the University of Padua, where he was scholar of the house. He is a young man who refuses to waste his life in in pursuit of only common things. He believes there is something much more fulfilling in life.
Pippin’s stepmother, Fastrada, and his half-brother, Lewis, plot to take over the throne, and when Pippin escapes to the countryside from the disappointment of war, he seeks wisdom from his grandmother, Berthe, who has been exiled due to a personality conflict with Fastrada.
Cast members include Campbell Holben as Pippin, James Skidmore as Charlemagne, Isabelle Lewis as Fastrada, Alex McCabe as Lewis, Zachary Pool as Leading Player, Emma Melvin as Berthe, Alice Demith as Catherine and Cole Loesser as Theo, along with Bridget Daniel, Jillian Hall, Calista Morrison, Anna Stephey, Evan McIntyre, Corey Meisner, Alex Taylor, Eric Evans, Ariana Santos, Timothy Demith, Morgan Wise, Nichelle Bowles, Danielle Kagy, Bennett Ramsdell, Anna Latona, Brittani Stiltner, Sydney Trevino, Alexia Brady, Lauren Buskirk, Maddy Poll, Heidi Kissell, Douglas G. Tong, Jorie Fawcett, Lydia Arnold and Casey Knutson.
Michael Steyer is directing the show, with Kimberly Ridge as musical director. Lindsey Stine is the assistant director and choreographer. Cory Ridge provides additional choreography, Candace Wingert is the costumer and Lonnie Fitch is technical director.
Members of the orchestra are Evan Messer, Zach Strong, Nick Grover, Catherine Stover, Katie Smith, Margeaux Holsinger, Abe Sulin, Dustin Hawk, Ralph Wingert, Nina Navarrete and Presley Eastlick.