Pippin Summer Theater Production Brings the Heat

Pippin
Pippin, the Leading Three, and supporting cast

The St. Petersburg College Theater Department’s summer production of Pippin debuted to rave reviews at the Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium. The musical played four showings running from Friday, June 28 until Sunday, June 30.

This adaption of the 1972 musical is the story of Charlemagne’s son and his search for meaning and fulfillment. 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 cast and crew for this year’s summer production featured St. Petersburg College students along with high school students and students from five other colleges from the community.

PIPPIN after he has become King and supporting cast
Martin Powers as Pippin with supporting cast. This performance featured St. Petersburg College students along with high school students and students from five other colleges from the community.

An outstanding cast brought the production to life. The lead role of Pippin was played by Martin Powers. This particular production of Pippin 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, Catherine is played by Justine Nelson, and Diego Vargas played Theo. Quint Paxton played Charlemagne. As in previous years, the summer theater production moves from strength to strength and has garnered praise from critics.

Broadway World’s Peter Nason wrote that “The SPC production of Pippin follows last year’s triumphant Urinetown with yet another triumph,” and “This is one gorgeous show.”

Pippin's Catherine
Justine Nelson as Catherine and the supporting cast.

Creative stage design, music, and wardrobe helped drive forward this year’s summer theater. For the audience, this performance of Pippin was a fun summer romp, but for the cast and crew, it was an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss the next SPC Theater Department production, The Laramie Project. The future production will be holding auditions in August and hitting the stage in October. Learn more about the performing arts program at St. Petersburg College.

PIPPIN tri-leads
Chloe McIntosh, Ramiro Capano and Megan Levine, starring as the Leading Players.
Berthe, Charlemagne, and supporting cast
Eva Campuzano as Berthe with
Gabrielle Fehring as Fastrada and Quint Paxton as Charlemagne.

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