February 25 – March 5, 2005

Seton Hill University Theatre is proud to present “Pippin,” opening Friday, February 25, 2005. Seton Hill’s presentation of “Pippin” is directed by assistant professor of theatre Denise Pullen and features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson.

“Pippin” is the story of Prince Pippin, the misfit son of Charlemagne, who goes on a journey to find the meaning of life. On the way, he encounters war, sex, power and the Leading Player, who seduces him away from the everyday world of farm and family to life extraordinary through the magic of musical theatre. Winner of five Tony awards, including best direction and choreography by Bob Fosse, Pippin’s original run dazzled Broadway audiences for 1,944 performances.

Seton Hill students cast in “Pippin” are: Samantha J. Carroll of Greensburg, Pa. as Player; Steven J. Clemens of Imperial, Pa. as Lewis; Carl G. Desphy of Philadelphia, Pa. as Player; R. Alan Knepper of Three Springs, Pa. as Player; Danielle Nortum of Johnsonburg, Pa. as Player; Kathleen Shields of Lower Burrell, Pa. as Catherine; Matthew L. Starry of Latrobe, Pa. as Leading Player/Charlemagne; Jonathan P. Stewart of Thompson, Pa. as Pippin; Laura Stracko of Nazareth, Pa. as Berthe; Jamie Lynn Williams of Aliquippa, Pa. as Fastrada and Darcy Wood of Orlando, Fl. as Player.

Seton Hill students helping to produce “Pippin” are: Adrienne Fischer of Monroeville, Pa., assistant director; Melissa Kowalski of New Kensington, Pa., assistant choreographer; Caitlin Marietti, of Lower Burrell, Pa., assistant lighting designer; Kristie Moran of Latrobe, Pa., assistant stage manager; JoAnna Terwilliger of Canonsburg, Pa., stage manager and Jamie Torres of Conemaugh, Pa., assistant stage manager.

Jim Overly is the music director for “Pippin.” The choreographer is Tamara Swank, adjunct instructor of theatre. Set designer is Karen Glass, assistant professor of theatre; the costume designer is Sue O’Neill and the lighting designer is Ken Clothier.

Seton Hill Theatre will perform “Pippin” February 25, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; February 26 at 8:00 p.m.; February 27 at 2:00 p.m.; March 1 and 2 at 10:30 a.m. and March 3, 4, and 5 at 8 p.m. All performances are held in Reeves Theatre on Seton Hill’s Greensburg, Pa. campus. Tickets are $12, or $10 each for groups of 16 or more. $5 student rush tickets are available five minutes before curtain. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Seton Hill Box Office at boxoffice@setonhill.edu or 724-838-4241.

Seton Hill University, chartered in 1918, is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Greensburg, Pa. with more than 30 undergraduate programs and 8 graduate programs, including an MBA. Seton Hill brings the world to its students through its distinguished lecturers and nationally and internationally renowned centers. Twice recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the nation’s Top 100 Entrepreneurial Universities, Seton Hill has also been named one of the Best Mid-Atlantic Colleges by The Princeton Review and one of Pennsylvania’s Top 100 Businesses by Pennsylvania Business Central. For more information on Seton Hill please visit www.setonhill.edu or call 1-800-826-6234.