There was plenty of “Magic to Do” at the Bishop Strachan School theatre as the Upper Canada College-BSS co-production’s performing arts students put on four sold-out shows of Pippin from Wednesday, Jan. 27 through Saturday, Jan. 30. (“Magic To Do” is the opening number of the show.)
Under the masterful direction of Alice Barnett, musical direction by David Atkinson and vocal direction by Debbie Piotrowski, the cast of 25 sang and danced their hearts out in this edgy, circus-filled performance featuring colourful costumes and impressive acrobatics.
The play is about a young prince searching for meaning in his life thorough different experiences, from intellectual achievement, lust for women and power, and war. Sean Manucha was very convincing as the young prince. Nathan McLean portrayed a powerful and commanding King Charlemagne while Benji McLean did not miss a beat as Pippin’s brawny brother Lewis. And Alex Lawson shined as the cute young boy Theo.
Rounding out the incredible cast of players were Mark Debono, Christopher Lord, Sarosh Waheed, Kesha Shpilevskiy and Ethan Ullmann. Together they formed a formidable ensemble.
An incredible 10-piece live band accompanied the show including Jacob Gotlieb, Flynn Tanner and Gabriel Birman.
The amazing production team kept everyone in line thanks to the assistant stage managers, amongst them Paul Zaki and Seyon Rajadual. In the end, after it was all said and done and the stage lights were off and make-up and costumes were removed, the audience realized that sometimes your corner of the sky is right where you are.
-The Arts Booster Club