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Pippin Helps Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention


Mount Si High School’s Drama Club performed four impressive shows of the musical “Pippin” in December, directed by MSHS Choir and Theatre Director Teacher Haley Isaacs. With accompaniment from Mount Si’s new pit orchestra (led by Bill Leather), the audience was treated to colorful costumes, lively choreography and talented student vocalists performing music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, based on the book by Roger O. Hirson.
 
Isaacs explained, “I chose Pippin for our students this year because I think it’s a creative and artistic show that addresses pertinent issues many of our young people are facing today.” See photos and a description of Pippin below.
 
This focus provided an opportunity for drama to partner with Mount Si Natural Helpers. At the end of each performance, students spoke briefly to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with suicide prevention. Donations are still being accepted to support Natural Helper prevention activities planned this year. Visit the Natural Helpers website, for more information.
 
Another group at Mount Si, the Construction Technologies (Construction/Geometry) class, also played a significant role in the production. Construction trades students put their skills to work designing and building the sturdy sets for the school play. "This opportunity gave our students the chance to use skills they have learned in the classroom on a real-life project, full of real-life problems that they had to work through," said Gregg Meyers, Mount Si's Construction Technologies teacher.
 
Designing the set
 
"This is one of Mount Si's greatest strengths, letting teachers collaborate on large projects
to provide students with experiences that simulate a real-world setting," added Meyers.
 
Enjoy these photos, courtesy of parent Michael Kilian, of the Pippin musical.
 
 Pippin 1  Pippin 2
 Pippin 3  Pippin 4
 Pippin 5  Pippin 6
 Pippin 7  Pippin 8
 Full Pippin cast
 
Description of Pippin from the program:   As told by a traveling troupe of actors led by the cunning and charming Leading Player (played by Catalina Jarocki), Pippin is the circus-themed story of a young prince, heir to the throne, who is searching for his own "Corner of the Sky." Young Pippin (played by Alex Kilian) returns from university certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life. As encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in battle, women, and politics looking for fulfillment, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought. With infectious tunes by Stephen Schwartz and Fosse inspired choreography, Pippin is both a humorous allegory about growing up and a somewhat dark tale of the danger of false appearances and empty promises.



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