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The Leading Play played by Alina Velasco, 12, and the ensemble performing Glory (reprise) at the beginning of Act II.
The Leading Play played by Alina Velasco, 12, and the ensemble performing “Glory (reprise)” at the beginning of Act II.
Ella Harper

Mill Creek’s Theater Department produced, “Pippin” on March 7-9 and March 14-16. The show was directed by Sarah Lindahl, musically directed by Miro Gomez and choreographed by Anna Stauffer. Pippin is based on a young man trying to find his purpose in life. Throughout the show, he tries different things to find his purpose. He starts out as trying to be a soldier, fighting against tyranny. This leads him to kill his father and the king, Charles. However, he realizes his mistake and asks for the leading player to bring his father back to life.

Pippin then goes to live on a small farm with a widow names Catherine and her son Theo. Throughout his stay he continues to try to find his purpose, all while becoming close with Catherine and Theo.  Pippin settles into normal life, but realizes his still had not accomplished something extraordinary. He sets of the the “Grand Finale” with the Leading Player and ensemble. He is then encouraged to jump to his fiery doom. Pippin becomes hesitant and decides not to jump. Catherine and Theo then come to the stage and he accepts a peaceful, normal way of life.

Brooke Beasley, 9, was part of the ensemble in Pippin and is in Fundementals of Theater. Her mother had convinced her to audition and in the end she was glad she participated, “I was a little nervous and a little excited the entire time. Overall, I felt really confident about the show.”

Along with Beasley, CeCe Ellis, 12, auditioned to be in the show. Ellis was in theater her freshman year of high school, and returned to perform in Pippin, “I’m here for the people. For my friends. It’s nice that we all care about what we are doing. We all want to be good at this and to put on a good show.”

Playing Frastrada, the Queen, was Katelyn Tuffy, 11, and she said, “Pippin was a very collaborative process among our cast and crew,” she continued, “We got to have a lot of creative freedom and learning opportunities, along with student leadership.”

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