‘Pippin’ Takes Bow at Steel River Playhouse

POTTSTOWN PA – It may be summer but teens at Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High St., haven’t been on vacation.

The popular Pottstown theater’s summer “Teen Intensive Program” offers a play within a play, “Pippin.” Featuring a talented cast backed by expert musicians and crew, Pippin introduces a mysterious theatre troupe led by a Leading Player, telling the story of a young prince named Pippin who embarks on a journey to find meaning in his life.

The two-hour show with one intermission opened Friday night (Aug. 16, 2019), and has a limited run of only seven remaining performances on five days: today (Saturday, Aug. 17), Sunday (Aug. 18), and next weekend, Aug. 23-25. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 610-970-1199, or online here.

Whether Pippin tries to impress his father by going to war, looks for meaning in love, or tries crafty political maneuvers to attain power, he discovers there is always more to life. The Stephen Schwartz music and Bob Fosse-inspired choreography enhance this tale about the tribulations of growing up in a world where the answers are not around the next corner.

The team has produced a feast for the eyes and ears, led by director and choreographer Dann Dunn, assistant director and choreographer Lisa Hendricks, and music director John Williams. Scenic designer MJ Stone and lighting designer Jeff Chernesky, with costume designer Teal Knight, set the mood. Stage manager Anna Taylor and assistant stage manager Lydia Klementisz keep the action moving.

Steel River Playhouse, a nonprofit education and performance facility, produces more than 90 plays, musicals, concerts and recitals each year. It also offers performance opportunities for people of all ages through auditions, performance-based classes and workshops, private lesson recitals and its Senior Follies program.

Educational offerings include classes and workshops for individuals of all ages; a summer camp program; private instruction in acting, voice, piano, guitar, flute and trumpet; and educational outreach programs offered in the community, including at local schools.

Photos by John Daggett from Steel River Playhouse