‘Pippin’ brings music and magic to the RTOP stage

The Regional Theatre of the Palouse’s “Pippin,” which opens March 31, promises magic, music and a touching message.

The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Pippin, a young prince hunting for significance and meaning in life, through a mystical troupe of performers, with a score by Oscar- and Tony-winner Stephen Schwartz.

In this production directed by Michael Todd, young prince Pippin, heir to the Frankish throne, is in pursuit of the secret to true satisfaction and happiness, according to an RTOP news release. He looks for it in the temptations of flesh, the grandeur of fighting in war and the power of holding office, after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great.

Eventually, Pippin finds happiness can be found not in extraordinary endeavors, but in ordinary, everyday moments.

Mollie Downes, of New York City, choreographed the production. Todd did the musical staging as well as direction. John Rich produced and designed the costumes. Tina McClure serves as musical director with assistance by Andy Pope.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. March 31 and continues at 7:30 p.m. April 1-2 and April 6-9 and at 1:30 p.m. April 2-3 and April 9-10.

Tickets, $18-$25, are on sale at the Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave., Pullman, and at rtoptheatre.org.

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