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‘Pippin’ auditions set for April 26

Special to The PREVIEW

Curtains Up Pagosa! has set the date and time of 2 p.m. Friday, April 26, to audition actors for the upcoming musical production of “Pippin,” scheduled for production at Pagosa Springs High School on June 28, 29 and 30 and July 3, 5 and 6.

Auditions will take place in the high school band room.

This rock-style, high-energy musical about a young prince in search for meaning in life has a cast of 25-30 players (high school and adults) that includes the leading roles of Pippin, his father, Charles (Charlemagne), his mother, Fastrada, his grandmother, Berthe, his girlfriend, Catherine, his brother, Lewis, and the Narrator (Leading Player). There are also supporting roles — the Band of Players.

Music and lyrics for “Pippin” are by Stephen Schwartz (who also wrote music for “Godspell,” “Wicked” and “Children of Eden”) and the book is by Roger O. Hirson and dance legend, Bob Fosse. “Pippin” is the most requested and performed musical in the country in community theaters, regional, repertory and high schools, second only to “Oklahoma,” and is now enjoying a revival on Broadway.

Those wishing to audition should prepare one verse of a song (please supply music for the accompanist), will be asked to do a cold read from the script, and demonstrate dancing ability (a brief ensemble dance will be taught to those who audition). This musical has only one part for a young male actor, the rest of the roles are for high school and adult actors.

Curtains Up Pagosa! is in its 24th year and is excited to continue its outstanding tradition of providing excellent musical theater to the community. Proceeds from this production go towards supporting arts in the schools, providing scholarships to students majoring in the [performing arts, and adult mentoring for young performing arts students. Volunteers are always needed for costuming, set construction, ticket sales, concessions, pit orchestra, and production assistance. The cast and musicians are also completely volunteer, allowing proceeds to be more fully utilized for furthering arts education.

Auditions are open to the community. No prior experience is required.

For more information, visit www.pagosamusicboosters.org.

This story was posted on March 28, 2013.