Cast set for summer production of ‘Pippin’

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW

Curtains Up Pagosa! is proud to announce a cast of actors selected for their upcoming production of “Pippin.”

The role of Pippin will be played by Jarret Heber, who has brought his beautiful tenor voice and acting skills to CUP productions of “Annie,”  “Forever Plaid-Plaid Tidings,” “HollyDaze” and “ Cinderella.” Heber, a graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, demonstrated his comedic talent last fall in a leading role in Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts production of “Office Space.”

The role of Lead Player will be played by Robert Neel, a CUP scholarship student majoring in musical theater at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, N.M.  Neel is remembered by many for his beautiful voice and his numerous roles in Curtains Up Pagosa! productions such as “Into the Woods,” “The Beat Goes On,” “Forever Plaid-Plaid Tidings,” “Annie” and  high school performances.

The role of Charlemagne will be played by Keith Paulson, who recently moved to Pagosa Springs as a full-time resident. Keith jumped into arts organizations in Pagosa immediately, bringing his tenor voice and acting talent to performances of “Cinderella” and “Man of La Mancha.” Keith is a member of Pagosa Springs Community Choir, the Pagosa Springs Community Band, and the choir of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

The role of Charlemagne’s wife, Fastrada, will be played by Darcy DeGuise, who proved her vocal and acting talents in her  hilarious performance as Fairy Godmother in last summer’s production of “Cindrella.”  She demonstrated her skills  in her role as Aldonza in last winter’s production of “Man of La Mancha,” and took part in the ensemble cast of Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts’ recent production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Pippin’s brother, Lewis, will be played by Max Miller, a 2012 graduate of Pagosa springs High School and CUP scholarship student who will be entering his sophomore year as a theater major at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Miller made his mark with a portrayal of Jean Valjean in the 2011 high school production of “Les Miserables,” as well as performances in “Annie,” “Grease,” “South Pacific,” “HollyDaze” and “Cinderella.”

The role of Pippin’s love interest, Catherine, will be played by Brooke Hampton.  Brooke is a 2012 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School and will enter her sophomore year at Montana State University in the fall. She has graced the stage of many CUP productions, with roles in “The Beat Goes On,” “Annie” and “South Pacific.” Hampton gave a memorable performance as one of the stepsisters last summer in CUP’s production of “Cinderella.”

Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, will be played by Dale Johnson.  Dale is  known for her direction of many Curtains Up Pagosa! productions and as theater director at Pagosa Springs High School. After years of working behind the scenes as a director, she took on a more visible acting role last fall in “Man of La Mancha” and was a member of the ensemble cast of “The Vagina Monologues” this year at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Other actors include Samaya Dunn in the child role of Theo, and the Band of Players played by a group of actors including Joseph Portal, Ben Reece, Johannah Laverty, Eli Valasquez, Leslie Baughman, Crissy Ferguson, Rowan Taylor, Brandon Clark, Spence Scott, Brooke Kudelski, Ciera Keating, Jacqueline Hampton, Benellen Laverty, Gus Palma, Jacqueline Garcia, Jessie Hampton, Kitman Gill and Taylor Jones.

“Pippin” will be performed with a live pit orchestra under the direction of Dale Johnson and Sally Neel at Pagosa Springs High School June 28, 29 and 30, and July 3, 5 and 6.

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This story was posted on May 9, 2013.