By Nathan Curtis,
HUB Staff Writer–
After months of preparation, weeks of rehearsal and hours upon hours of practice, the crew of “Pippin” would have only six performances to prove how hard they really worked. And boy, did they prove it.
Showings of the Davis High Drama Department’s “Pippin” concluded on the night of Nov. 16.
“They were the most fun, loving and hard working cast I’ve ever had,” Pippin adviser and director Gwyneth Bruch said. “It was also the most successful opening.” Bruch has directed many plays over the years, but to her, “Pippin” could be ranked among the top.
What made “Pippin” so special? Maybe it was the unique (although confusing at times) plot. Maybe it was the fun and exciting script and costumes. To everyone who was involved in the production of “Pippin”, it was the way the crew bonded and came together over the months.
“This show was magic. Offstage and on. I have never seen a tighter cast. They became a family,” Bruch said.
Senior Clayton Johnston, who played the role of Lewis, thought that the tight cast was what helped to make “Pippin” so successful.
“You grow so close to this awesome cast, they’re great people. We performed so well because we were willing to work together. We were able to talk to each other and tell each other things we needed to work on,” Johnston said.
Juniors Shannon Mo and Petra Favorite each called it one of the best shows they’ve ever performed in. “Our stretching sessions gave us lots of opportunities to bond,” Favorite said, which caused Mo to start laughing.
The cast of the show wasn’t the only group that got close to each other during the months of preparation. Sophomore Dongik Lee played the piano in the pit orchestra.
“I’m kind of sad now that it’s over,” Lee said. “I’d come here a lot [to practice] and I met a lot of new close friends. I’ll miss coming here, seeing everyone, and watching the show.”
Johnston is sad it’s over as well. “I’m not ready to get back into the groove of school,” Johnston said.
The crew of Pippin will have to wait until March for the Drama Department’s next performance. The play in March, written by DHS alumnus Ben Moroski, will be about a group of teenagers forced to repopulate after an apocalypse.
Bruch is highly anticipating the next play. With the cast and crew that she has, she can already tell that this play will achieve great things like they did with “Pippin”.