February 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The folks who brought magic to the new Pippin in Massachusetts are coming south to Broadway. Producers on Monday said Matthew James Thomas would star this spring as Pippin; Patina Miller would be the Leading Player; Terrence Mann would be Charles; Charlotte d'Amboise would play Fastrada; Rachel Bay Jones would be Catherine, and Andrea Martin would play Berthe. All starred in the show that ended its run last month at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston.
February 25, 2001 |
Long after her last class of the day, a virtual sea of teenage faces surrounds Ali LaVecchia. A girl has to show the Haddonfield Memorial High School teacher and director her costume. Someone else needs LaVecchia's keys. Another actor needs to know how long practice will last, and the person at the back of the line wants to find out if her aunt can attend a special matinee showing of Pippin, the musical that will open this week. Unfazed by the commotion, LaVecchia inspects fabric, dispenses keys and answers questions with the poise of a pro. After all, she is one: LaVecchia, 49, is the veteran of 52 dramas, comedies, musicals and sundry theater ventures, many of which have taken place during her years at Haddonfield Memorial.
February 23, 1999 |
Young stars were putting up stars at Bala Cynwyd Middle School as part of a fund-raising effort that includes a school musical. This weekend's "Pippin" will raise money for the Cyctic Fibrosis Foundation. Leila Orchin, 14, hangs stars that were sold for a dollar donation.
July 21, 1994 |
It's no surprise that there's a smart-alecky, jaunty, sometimes too-clever- for-its-own-good feel to the American Experiment Theater's inaugural production. The show, running through Sunday at Haverford School's Centennial Hall, is Stephen Schwartz's musical revue Magic to Do, and its director is his son, Scott, who comes to us straight from Harvard. Schwartz isn't even a Harvard graduate - he's a senior, presumably headed back to school in the fall. So, consider his founding of a professional theater company (along with recent Harvard alum Jon Dorf)
March 21, 1997 |
Cardinal O'Hara High School, an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school at 1701 S. Sproul Rd., Springfield, is hosting a series of public events for the school's annual Fine Arts Week. Tonight and tomorrow at 7 student art will be on display and O'Hara band members will play chamber music. These events will be followed at 8 both nights by the musical Pippin. Admission to Pippin is $6 and $8; all other events are free. FUN FAIR Park Lane Elementary School, part of the William Penn School District, will host a Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.
February 10, 1991 |
From the time he was little, Clayton Strange wanted to dance. He would cut the rug for family and friends almost from the time he could walk, said his mother, Lillian. He was only 4 when he turned to her and made it official. "He said he wanted to be a dancer and an entertainer," Lillian Strange said. "He was bitten by show biz. " Clayton Strange, who went on to fulfill his childhood dream by dancing professionally in shows such as Pippin and Ain't Misbehavin', died Feb. 1 at age 34 of a collapsed lung at Graduate Hospital.
February 22, 1999 |
Bala Cynwyd Middle School students have combined a forthcoming production of Pippin with a fund-raising event for the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Upon learning that one of the cast members has cystic fibrosis, theater teacher Bobbi Wolf and the cast of 150 designed the event. They have raised $1,800 for the foundation by selling paper stars and donated items: bottled water, snacks and Pippin T-shirts. The school is part of the Lower Merion School District. MODEL UN The Baldwin School, a private girls' school in Bryn Mawr, recently sent 21 students to the Invitational Model United Nations Simulation at Georgetown University.
October 30, 1986 |
It seemed more like Hellzapoppin than Pippin at yesterday's matinee in Wilmington's Playhouse Theater. Yesterday morning, the show's star, Ben Vereen, flew by helicopter to Browns Mills, N.J., where he did a charity appearance at Deborah Heart and Lung Center. But his whirlybird broke down when it was time to go and Vereen missed Pippin's 2 p.m. curtain. The show was delayed 30 minutes before going on with understudy Jeffery C. Ferguson playing the Vereen part, as master of ceremonies.
February 28, 2002 |
Inside Cheltenham High School's Stretton Hall auditorium, a black Cain and a white Abel can be brothers; an East Indian Noah can spawn four white children; and the Bible's first couple can begin an interracial romance without question. As in years past, last year's spring musical, Children of Eden, showcased a diverse district's commitment to color-blind casting. Of the district's 5,100 students, 35 percent are black, 10 percent are Asian, and 1 percent are Latino. Despite a district-wide push to promote greater cross-cultural understanding across all areas, students at the high school admit that they continue to cluster by race in the hallways and the lunchroom.
March 29, 1990 |
Giving up free time to be at school instead of spending it with friends or watching television might seem unusual for most teenagers, but for area high school students involved in theater, there's no other place to be. "It's the best feeling in the world when the curtain opens and closes," said Rachel Wolfson, a Marple Newtown High School senior, while waiting backstage for the curtain to rise on the musical Grease. Wolfson is one of more than 100 students who worked onstage, backstage and offstage to make a success of the 1950s-based musical, the school's first large-scale musical in nearly a decade.