Herndon High School Pippin (Cappies)By Cappies • Apr 27th, 2007 • Category: Cappies
David Miranda (Pippin), Kate Parkin (Catherine) and Nate Tao (Theo)
Punk rock and medieval history are two concepts rarely seen together, but were blended into a fascinating fantasy world in Herndon High School‘s Pippin. Young Pippin (David Miranda) is on the timeless quest to find himself and the show recounts all the trials he must endure. The punk rock theme helped to make Pippin’s story more accessible as a high school production and was cleverly incorporated through staging, costuming, choreography and ensemble work.
The highlight of the show was the enthusiasm and energy of the large ensemble. “Glory” was particularly well done with the ensemble fighting an epic battle in slow motion while Lead Players 1 and 2 (Tyler Andere and Samantha Nees) did a tap dance in front. Andere and Nees worked well together and helped to move the story along as it jumped from location to location.
Miranda played a bewildered Pippin gradually gaining more confidence as his journeys take him along. Scenes between Pippin and his father King Charles (Nico Aquino) were particularly amusing with the physical interactions between the taller son and shorter father. Physicality was also strong as Pippin explores his sexuality in “With You” with the group of “Sexy Women.” Along with the ensemble, minor characters helped to shape the story and add humor. Katrina Rodakowski played Fastrada, Pippin’s step-mother, as an over the top seductress obsessed with making her favorite son Lewis (AJ Miller) king. Rodakowski and Miller were an odd couple in the number “Spread a Little Sunshine.” Not appearing until the second act were Pippin’s love interest, Catherine (Kate Parkin) and her son Theo (Nate Tao). Parkin and Miranda’s voices sparkled in the sweet ballad “Love Song.”
Costumes by Kaity Cookson, Christine Malec, and Vinita Phonseya reflected the glam rock style and encompassed a range from medieval corsets to glittery leg warmers. Set and painting design by Dustin Vandenberg, Eliana Reyes, Gray Akers, and Austin Lawrence, added to the punk atmosphere with a deconstructed look to the castle with scaffolding. There were some problems with the sound dropping out at key points.
Herndon’s Pippin was an enjoyable romp through a medieval fantasy world.
by Elizabeth Venz of Robinson.
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