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Seniors present “Pippin” with show-stopping songs, dance

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“Pippin” is directed, choreographed, staged and coordinated entirely by senior students majoring in musical theatre. Staged March 4-7, the play is a hip, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale and winner of 11 Tony Awards by Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Seniors Mandy Nousain and Maggie Wimp Scott will do-direct four performances at 7:30 p.m. March 4, 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. March 7 in Pfeiffer Hall. The story of “Pippin” takes place once upon a time, when a young prince Pippin longs to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, he finds it in the simple pleasures of home and family. The students’ faculty advisor and Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch says, “This musical is their capstone course. This creative team of seniors has to synthesize all they have learned, work in a leadership role with their peers and, unlike a term paper that can be late, open a finished production on a certain date, ready or not.” Eight seniors started working together last spring, selecting the show they wanted to present, then holding auditions and rehearsals this school year. Tickets are $15/adult and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit