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Broadway's Susan Streater directs "Pippin" at WMU

Oct. 25, 2007

KALAMAZOO--University Theatre at Western Michigan University presents five-time Tony winner "Pippin," Oct. 25 through Nov. 4, in Shaw Theatre.

Show times for University Theatre's "Pippin"
Thursday, Oct. 25 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 -- 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 -- 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 -- 2 p.m.

"Pippin" is based on the fictitious life of Pippin the Hunchback, the roguish son of Charlemagne. The musical follows Pippin's exploration of war, politics, sex and love. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and choreography by Bob Fosse (Chicago), "Pippin" presents an artful blend of show-stopping theatrics and touching simplicity.

Renowned director, choreographer and Broadway star Susan Streater travels to WMU to direct the cast, which includes WMU students Adrian Aguilar, Mark Daugherty, Lars Haglund, Beau Hutchings, Megan Jacobson, Karrie Kinsman, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ryan Mayes, Melissa McKim, Tiffany McLaughlin, Kayla Peabody, Michael Potsic, Liam Quealy, Mark Ringvelski, Cassandra Sandberg, Martin Skocelas-Hunter, Tony Serra, Alicia Thoel, Ashley Travis and Michael Winslow.

The show's creative team includes WMU students Megan Lammy, scenic designer; Kathryn Trantham, costume designer; Josh Reid, sound designer; Micah Stieglitz, projections designer; Hope Glomski, stage manager; Diana Conte, assistant stage manager; and Nick Davidson, master electrician. Also assisting are WMU staff and faculty members Courtney Phelps, musical director, and Brian Boyer, lighting designer.

Streater originally worked with Fosse as part of the first national tour of "Chicago," and was a dancer in the film "All that Jazz." She has choreographed off-Broadway musicals, revues and summer stock productions all over the country, winning awards as both a director and choreographer.

Reserved seating for "Pippin" is $17, $12 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $7 for students. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at www.wmich.edu/theatre, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office, Miller Auditorium Ticket Office, or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Group discounts are available.

Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, jason.a.nuzzo@wmich.edu

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