The high school’s theater company performed magic, bringing the play “Pippin” to life for three superlative performances on April 12, 13 and 14. The production was the culmination of long hours of planning and practice by the young actors enrolled in Dr. Rich Harris’ theater production course, which was first offered several years ago to provide Islip’s high schoolers with an opportunity to better understand the roles and responsibilities of a professional theatrical production.
“Pippin”, written by Stephen Schwartz from a Roger O. Hirson book with additional contributions from original director Bob Fosse, first hit Broadway in 1972, earning a Tony Award and its place in the pantheon of beloved musicals.
“The outstanding cast and crew handled scenery, costumes, music, lighting, sound, public relations, and of course, singing and acting, with impressive determination,” said Superintendent Susan Schnebel, who had memorably attended the original New York City production of “Pippin” back in 1973. “They wove their talents into the unconventional script and score with great passion and professionalism.”