CLINTONVILLE - "Pippin," the musical, tells the story of a young prince on a journey searching for fulfillment and meaning.
On March 13, 14, and 15, at 7:30 p.m., and March 16, at 2 p.m., the Ausable Valley Players will be performing "Pippin" at the Ausable Valley Middle/High School Auditorium in Clintonville. The cast is comprised of 20 middle and high school students. A group of elementary students from Ausable Valley and Keeseville Elementary Schools will be making a cameo appearance.
Pippin will be the 22nd musical to be performed by the AuSable Valley Players. The students have been rehearsing since the beginning of January and are excited about the show.
Cast of “Pippin” at the AuSable Valley Central School (Photo — Charles Potthast Jr.)
The play is being directed by Matthew Stanley who is also the general manager of Santa's Workshop in Wilmington. Stanley is an AuSable Valley alumnus and was a member of the 1993 cast which performed Ausable Valley's first musical production. This will be the fourth musical he has directed at AVCS. He is excited about the performance and feels the singing and dancing will be strong.
"I like the play's message," Stanley said, "It is about coming of age which a lot of the students can identify with."
The lead role of Pippin is played by Michael Rafferty, a senior who has been performing in AVCS shows since the fourth grade.
"I really like 'Pippin,'" Rafferty said. "It's a dark comedy with a lot of layers to the acting."
Fellow senior, and acting veteran, Tonie Cross plays Pippin's love interest, Catherine. "It is a big role. I am playing an adult character for the first time," Cross said, "It is really challenging, in a good way."
Rafferty and Cross agree that acting in the production is hard work but also satisfying and a lot of fun.
"It is like having a full time job that you don't get paid for," Rafferty said.
The music director is Dennis Frisbee, the choreographer Antonette Knoedl, and the assistant director is Martin Deslauriers.
The Ausable Valley Players listed in alphabetical order are: Ashleigh Baer, Erin Butler, Sarah Christian, Tonie Cross, DJ Evans, Jasmaine Hall, Emilie Kilburn, Kassie LaHart, Megan LeClair, Taylor Lincoln, Clara Meyer, Victoria Payette, Michael Rafferty, Lydia Russom, Troy Straight, Emmalee Welch, Alexander Wilson, Lillian Wilson, Emmie Zielinski, Megan Zmijewski. Stage Hands: James Winch and Sky Hanf.