WHITEFIELD, NH - August 30, 2021 - The Weathervane Theatre is proud to kick off its second fall season with a Weathervane premiere - Pippin.
Sponsored by Anthony and Elisabeth Colacino, this classic Stephen Schwartz musical opens Tuesday, September 7th and runs in alternating repertory through October 9th.
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With an infectiously unforgettable score (“Magic to Do”, “Corner of the Sky”) from Oscar and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. A bold and timely reimagining of this Broadway favorite that will take audiences on a thrilling journey of war, love, and other simple joys. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.
A musical known for its malleability to be set anywhere at any time, this production of Pippin will be set in modern day. It is directed by Weathervane Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini.
“There are so many reasons why 2021 was the right season to produce this classic musical, the least of which was the opportunity to present the Weathervane premiere,” said Paulini. “The parallels that exist in Pippin allow us as a creative team and cast to explore this incredible piece through a modern lens while not having to change a word of the text! I know the results will be thrilling, provocative and entertaining!”
Complementing this new concept is choreography from Tuan Malinowski featuring dances from 2000 - 2021 (Tik Tok, club moves, whip and nay nay, etc). Making their Weathervane choreographic debut, Malinowski’s credits include New York Theatre Barn, Pittsburgh CLO, TheatreWorks USA, and Atlantic Theater Company.
The cast for Pippin features Jorge Donoso (Pippin), Jewell Noel (Leading Player), Robert H. Fowler (Charles), Marisa Kirby (Fastrada), Ira Kramer (Lewis), and Alaina Mills (Catherine). Violet Strevig and Freya Wheeler will alternate the role of Theo. Rounding out the cast as the Players are Nicholas Cooper, Rendell DeBose, Grace Livingston Kramer, Sunayna “Sunny” Smith, and Eduardo Uribe.
In addition to direction by Paulini and choreography by Malinowski, Weathervane’s production of Pippin features design by Hayley Christensen (sound and projection design), Scout Hough (lighting design), Ellen Houlden (properties design), and Rien Schlecht (costume and set design). Additional creative team: Kelly Bernard (technical direction), Ben Covello (music direction), Kara Procell (production stage manager), and Mollie Heil (assistant stage manager). Pippin is sponsored by Anthony and Elisabeth Colacino.
Performed to in person audiences, audiences are currently capped at 48% and socially distanced throughout the theatre. The theatre has a new HVAC/Air Purification System that filters the air and provides heat and air conditioning. Masks are required for unvaccinated patrons and complimentary masks available on premises. Pippin is also available to view virtually.
Pippin opens Tuesday, September 7th and runs in alternating repertory through October 9th. Weathervane’s fall season runs September 7 - October 10 with 7 PM performances Tuesday - Saturday and additional 2 PM performances on Saturdays and Sundays. Additional fall productions include The Mountaintop, She Loves Me, and Alaina Mills in Always...Patsy Cline. Single tickets, dinner and a show packages, and ticket subscriptions now available at www.weathervanenh.org. Livestream tickets start at $24.50 and in person tickets start at $33. Discount tickets and packages for the fall season available September 1 - September 6 with promo code fall56.j
The Weathervane Box Office is open by phone (603-837-9322), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and in person Tuesday - Sunday. Hours Tuesday - Friday are 1 PM - 7:30 PM. Hours on Saturday are 11 AM - 7:30 PM and 11 AM - 2:30 PM on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased 24/7 on Weathervane’s website.
ABOUT THE WEATHERVANE
The Weathervane Theatre was founded in 1965 by Gibbs Murray and the late Tom Haas and is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini. For over half a century, it has presented high quality professional productions of plays and musicals. One of the few remaining alternating rep companies in the United States, the Weathervane is recognized as a historical institution nationwide, boasting among its alumni 2021 Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley, Tally Sessions, four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn and recent Tony Award Winner Ari’el Stachel.
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