Broadway World critic Peter Nason lauded SPC’s summer production of Pippin in three areas.
“St. Petersburg College had a tremendous set, a world-class title character (Martin Powers, resembling a juvenile Leonardo DiCaprio, and nonthreatening teen idol) and top-notch direction by Scott Cooper,” Broadway World critic Peter Nason wrote.
SPC’s Theater Department debuted Pippin, an adaption of the 1972 musical that is the story of Charlemagne’s son and his search for meaning and fulfillment, in June 2019. It featured direction and stage design by award-winning theater professor Scott Cooper. Choreography was by Jessica Kerner Scuggs and musical direction by Latoya McCormick.
The annual summer production is a collaboration featuring SPC students along with high school students and students from five other colleges from the community.
The lead role of Pippin was played by Martin Powers, and this particular production featured three Leading Players instead of one, like a Greek chorus. They were performed by Ramiro Capano, Megan Levine, and Chloe McIntosh. Eva Campuzano played Berthe, Justine Nelson was Catherine, Diego Vargas played Theo and Quint Paxton played Charlemagne.
This is the second year in a row that SPC’s Theater department was recognized by Broadway World in their Top 10 list, with last season’s production of Urinetown being noted last year.
Dr. Barbara Hubbard, SPC’s Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, said the award was very exciting for the department, which works closely with Pinellas County high school thespians each year.
“This partnership provides an opportunity for high school students and teachers to get to know our incredible SPC Theater Program,” Hubbard said. “Scott Cooper has been building recruitment for the summer theater program for over eight years, and this recognition is richly deserved by all in the department. Congratulations to our faculty and students for an amazing summer production!”