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Transylvania will present Pippin in Haggin Auditorium in May

The Transylvania theater and music departments will join forces to present the Broadway musical Pippin May 16-19 in four performances in Haggin Auditorium. Thursday-Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

The musical employs a mysterious acting troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince searching for a meaningful life. His quest includes a mock battle, a series of shallow sexual encounters, a fight against tyranny, and experiments with art and religion.

The musical score, by Stephen Schwartz, is contemporary 1970s pop, and the book is by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse directed the original Broadway production, which ran for nearly five years with 1,944 performances. It won five Tony Awards in 1973.

Theater professor Sully White will produce the show. She said Pippin was chosen partly because of its ensemble nature that allows many students to shine in their roles.

Margo Buchanan, arts facilitator at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington, will direct the show. She is an experienced actor, director, and theater teacher who has worked with the University of Kentucky’s opera theater department.

Tickets will go on sale online beginning May 1 and at the Mitchell Fine Arts Center box office May 13.

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