Chapel Hill’s theatrical department is presenting the final two performances of its spring presentation of the popular Broadway musical, “Pippin,” the story of a boy’s search for the true meaning of life, Thursday and Sunday.
Meanwhile Douglas County is presenting the light-hearted, fun musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” Thursday through Sunday.
Violet Martin, choral director at Chapel Hill, said her production has been in rehearsal for three months. The cast of “Pippin” features 35 students who display their singing and onstage talents backed by a stage, sound and lighting crew of 10.
Justin Stephens, theatrical director at Douglas County, said “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which has been in rehearsal since early January, features an onstage cast of seven characters backed by a 24-student stage, lighting and sound crew.
This marks the second musical production for Martin after last spring’s successful production of “Grease.” She also oversees production of a fall variety show at the school.
“When selecting a musical, I look for plays that meet the appropriate level of our musical repertoire while also making sure it is appropriate for all audiences and is entertaining,” she said.
The leading male character of “Pippin,” which is actually scripted for a male, is being played by a female student, Emily Moore. Other main characters include Sondai Nana Buluku and Chinelo Aniekwu.
“This story centers on Pippin as he encounters different people he meets along the way of seeking the true meaning of life,” Martin said.
Among the better known songs in the musical are “Magic to Do” and “Corner of the Sky,” she said.
There are seven main characters in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and a separate surprise character, Stephens said.
“We selected this musical because it is a fun show to do and watch, as evidenced by our rehearsals, which have been a blast,” he said.
“I feel this is a great play for our audiences to start off the spring season.”
Among those in leading roles are Sam Puckett as Charlie Brown, Emma Schroer as Lucy, Kobe McKelvey as Linus, Jalen Brown as Schroeder, Becca Weatherford as Sally, Jayme Perry as Peppermint Patty and Marissa Marr as Snoopy.