Faith Conservatory of the Arts perform “Pippin” as their final show for 2014-2015 season

The cast of “Pippin” gathers around during a scene in the play. “Pippin” was performed on May 8-17 as the final show for the 2014-2015 drama season.

Erik Ball

The cast of “Pippin” gathers around during a scene in the play. “Pippin” was performed on May 8-17 as the final show for the 2014-2015 drama season.

Andie Ironside, Staff Writer

The Faith Conservatory of the Arts presented the Grammy and Oscar-winning musical “Pippin” on May 8-17 in Faith’s Chapel/Performing Arts Center as their final show for the 2014-2015 season.

The play is about Pippin, a young prince who struggles to find out his identity and what his future will hold. In fact, he wants to control his future in order for it to stay good. The Leading Player convinces him into many things that he wouldn’t usually do, like leading protests against his father, King Charles. This leads Pippin into figuring out what the purpose of life really means.

The show had many sorts of genres for drama, like romance and comedy. The cast did a very good job at showing these genres due to their outstanding talents. Director, Erik Ball said performances went well for the kids.

“I can only assume they gave it their very best. I’m very proud of the cast and crew of ‘Pippin,’” said Ball.

The storyline of the play went well. I think a person who didn’t know much about the story could’ve understood it well and followed along because the cast made sure the story was very clear.

When it comes to the acting and singing of each scene, I was blown away. The cast did a great job at memorizing lines and lyrics. No one stuttered or took a moment to remember their lines. They all really got into the play as if they were living in it. Dancing and singing both brought the show to life! Audiences also enjoyed seeing a young girl, Eisley Wheat, also take part in “Pippin.” She played Theo, the son of the widow named Catherine. This was a great idea by Ball because a little kid playing this part is better than a high schooler talking in a squeaky voice.

“We started with the idea of having the little boy be like a puppet, and be like a little baby in a baby carriage. It just wasn’t working well, so we decided to go with a real person,” said Ball.

One actress that really stood out included twelfth grader Kayla Juntilla, who played the widow, Catherine. She had one of the best voices on stage. Her acting was outstanding, and she made the audience laugh various times. She played her part perfectly, and I couldn’t see anyone else playing her part.

An actor that stood out just as well as Juntilla included eleventh grader Matthew D’Arrigo who played Pippin’s step brother, Lewis. He had the right amount of sass to fit the part. He truly knew how to take the stage whenever he came on.

The set for “Pippin” looked well constructed. The cast used it for every scene for different reasons in order for the play to come together. The technical crew did an excellent job at constructing it.

The technical crew also did a great job at lighting the stage for each scene differently, so it set the mood. The music also helped set the play’s mood.

The cast had wonderful props, costumes, and makeup, courtesy of the technical crew. It made them look fun, cool, and it matched their characters.

The transitions from scene to scene were well done. The cast jumped into the next scene right away to help speed up the time of the play.

However, confusion hit me when Pippin, played by tenth grader Jackson Langford, was about to do his “finale.” I didn’t understand why everyone wanted him to jump into a pit of fire. Was it his imagination or did they really want him to?

Overall, the cast did marvellous, and I’m blown away by their talent! Ball did an excellent job at putting the play together.

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