Pippin tells the story of becoming extraordinary
May 12, 2016
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The Spring Lake High School Theatre presented Pippin on May 5-7, in the SLHS auditorium. The annual musical is a highlight of the spring school calendar, and did not disappoint. Under the directorship of Mr. David Doering, the show follows the life of the extraordinary Pippin, a young man who cannot seem to find his niche in life.
The son of a king, Charles, played by Kurt Recker, Pippin tries his best to be what everyone else wants him to be. When he fails to find success, or satisfaction, in being a soldier, he moves on to other endeavors, none of which bring him happiness. For Pippin, played by junior Ian Gluck, life seems to be lacking importance, value, excitement, fulfillment. He seeks true greatness in life, and overlooks the simple things that bring the average person joy.
According to Mr. Doering, “Pippin gives us some reminders about how we can lose sight of the blessings that are right in front of us.” In the end, Pippin learns to appreciate the love of a good woman, the role of raising a son, the joy of a simpler life, only to have his stepson follow in his footsteps of being lured by the attraction and hopes of an extraordinary life. In a poignant ending, the audience realizes that happiness, greatness, is whatever we make of it, and sometimes it exists in the simplest of pleasures.
Key roles in the musical were played by Annah Windemuller and Madison Smits (Leading Player), Joe Negen (Charles), Claudia Sella (Fastrada), Anne Allman (Berthe), and Maria Boersma (Catherine). The music director for the performance was Mrs. Lisa Doering, while Ms. Shaylynn Chalupa did the choreography. Mr. Tom Knight and Ms. Mary Howe created the costumes, and Mr. Aaron Andres created the set.
The theatre department bids farewell this year to a talented group of seniors, including Kierra Bush, Karissa Bush, Hannah Carey, Brennan Cole, Sydney Dillen, Rachel Healey, Kurt Recker, Claudia Sella, Will Warmoth, and Annah Windemuller.