Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston aunveiled the cast of Pippin applethe 2nd and last production of the Summ companyuh the 2022 season. August 5-13, 2022 at the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452, Pippin apple tells the story of a young prince struggling to decide whether he wants to lead a peaceful life or “work magic” with the dazzling cast of performers who help him tell his story. Pippin apple will feature a diverse cast of actors including award winner Elliot Norton Davron Monroe (2019, Breath & Imagination) like the enigmatic “Leading Player”.
Reagle will present Pippin apple of August 5-13, 2022. Directed and choreographed by award-winning artistic director Rachel Bertone (Cabaret, In the Heights, Carousel), with the musical direction of Dan Rodriguez (The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, Mame). Tickets can be purchased at www.reaglemusictheatre.org, by calling 781-891-5600, or at the theater box office. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
A mysterious performance troupe – led by the main player – tells the story of Pippin, a young prince in search of passion, adventure and meaning. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. Ultimately, however, Pippin discovers that happiness lies not in extraordinary efforts, but rather in the non-extraordinary moments that happen every day. The score (by Nasty and divine spellby Stephen Schwartz) includes “Magic to Do”, “Corner of the Sky”, “Simple Joys” and “No Time at All”. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
Performance schedule: Friday, August 5 – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday August 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday August 7 – 2 p.m.; Wednesday August 10 – 2 p.m.; Thursday August 11 – 7:30 p.m.; Friday August 12 – 2 p.m.; Saturday August 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Featured Actor Bios: (* denotes a member of the Actors Equity Association):
Recent credits include Once on this island (Agwe) with SpeakEasy Stage and STRANGE PASSBY (Stew) with Moonbox Productions. Davron is the winner of the 2019 Elliot Norton Prize Breath & Imagination (Roland Hayes). Other theater credits include: songs for a new world and The view upstairs (Speakeasy Stage Co.), Murder on the Orient Express, The Wiz, Camelot, Company, My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Don’t misbehave (lyrical scene), Caroline or Change, Godspell (Moonbox Productions), The Little Mermaid, RAGTIME (corporate theatre), Man from La Mancha (New representative), hair spray (Reagle Musical Theater), dream girls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Children of Eden and Smokey Joe’s Coffee. Davron has also appeared with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Lost in the stars – a celebration of the 50e Anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech, and The Jubilee of the Chariot), Coro Allegro, Convergence Ensemble, Brevard Music Center, Orlando Opera’s Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards Finalist, Disney Entertainment’s Voices of Liberty, South Florida Symphony, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, the New England Spiritual Ensemble and d other organizations in the Greater Boston Area. Davron was the first recipient of the Bob Jolly Award for Emerging Local Actors.
Kenny Lee – Pepin
Kenny is thrilled to be part of his first production at the Reagle Music Theatre! This fall will mark Kenny’s second year as a musical theater major at the Boston Conservatory in Berklee. Earlier this year he was Daniel in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Once on this island.
Hailing from Stoneham, MA, St. George has appeared in most local theaters. Broadway: fiddler on the roof (Tony Award, directed by Jerome Robbins); Off-Broadway: I love you, you are perfect, now change. Kathy has received the Elliot Norton Award and two IRNE Awards. www.KathyStGeorge.com
Damon is a Boston-based actor/writer/director. He is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and lives in Cambridge with his wife Laurie (also an actress and playwright), whose love and support is invaluable.
Punyanuch (Spirit) Pornsakulpaisal – Catherine
Mind graduated from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee MFA ’21. The Thai performer and vocal coach is excited to return to perform in the Boston area. Credits include: Summer: The Donna Summer National Tour (Michael/Maid/Together), The sleepy chaperone (Janet van DeGraff), elephant and pig, We are in a room (Pig), and ladies at sea (Jeanne). Eng: @mindyppmind
Past RMT shows include Ruth in wonderful cityNellie Forbush in South PacificCassie in A chorus lineLiz in Chicagoand Prudy/gym teacher at hair spray. www.katieanneclark.org
The entire cast includes: Kenny Lee as Pippin; Davron Monroe* as main player; Damon Singletary* as Charles; Katie Anne Clark as Fastrada; Kathy St. George* as Berthe; Ian Prime as Theo; Punyanuch (Mind) Pornsakulpaisal as Catherine and Joel Douglas* as Lewis (dance captain). Lauryn Whitnell, Dierdre Roberts, Brian Pereira, Joy Clark* (battle captain), Annaliese Wilbur, Micheline Wu, Ezra Noel, Aimée Coleman, Brendan Sheehan, Andy Edelman and Michael Di Leo complete the ensemble. Swings: Ella Amarante and Rachel Madson. Pippin watches Max Selig.
Rachel Bertone, artistic director; Director & Choreographer
Bertone brings nearly 20 years of experience as a theater and dance professional to her position. Over the past decade, she has directed more than 50 musicals, including Cabaret (IRNE Prize: Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Musical), Carousel (IRNE: Best Choreography), In the heights (IRNE: Best Musical, Elliot Norton: Best Ensemble), The Wild Party (IRNE: Best Musical), Gypsy, Little Shop of Horrors, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Billy Elliot, Barnum, Show Boat, HAIR, Les Misérables, Joseph…Dreamcoat, among others. She has also directed and/or choreographed a number of prominent Broadway performers including Lisa Yuen, Michel Bell, Ciarán Sheehan, Brent Barrett, Rick Hilsabeck, Sarah Pfisterer and De’Lon Grant. A teacher of theater and dance based in both Greater Boston and New York, Bertone has taught at renowned institutions including the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University, Emerson College and Long Island University. www.rachelbertone.com
Calabrese joined the Reagle Music Theater in May 2022. Most recently, she served as associate director of community engagement at Florida State University, leading the theater school’s outreach and engagement efforts. She created alternative outreach opportunities and events during the COVID-19 pandemic and implemented a new client renewal approach that increased donor retention and maintained memberships and annual revenue. She has also established new partnerships with Best Buddies and Southern Shakespeare to create sensory performances and create more opportunities for younger, non-neurotypical members of the community to access the arts. Prior to her time at Florida State University, she was director of development for five years at the Synchronicity Theater in Atlanta. While there, Calabrese also co-founded and led a new arts incubator project at Synchronicity called Stripped Bare, which helps diverse young professionals produce new and innovative work.
Dan has been Reagle’s resident music director for 11 years, with recent favorites like La Cage Aux Folles, Mame and The Most Happy Fella. Dan’s other credits in the field include work with the Lyric Stage Company (The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors), Front Porch Arts Collective (Ain’t Misbehavin’), Huntington Theater Company (Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music), Wheelock Family Theater (Make Way for DucklingsIn the Heights), American Repertory Theater (The Lily’s Revenge, The Blue Flower), New Repertory Theater (Hair), Moonbox Productions (Caroline or Change, Cabaret) and many other theaters as well as work at the Boston Conservatory, Emerson, Brandeis and other schools . His work has earned him five IRNE awards for best musical direction.
The rest of the production team includes:
Cameron McEachern (Scenic Designer), Frank Meissner Jr (Lighting Design), Chelsea Kerl (Costume Designer), Robby Davis (Sound Design), Lauren Corcuera (Props Supervisor), Emily White (Dramaturge), JT Turner (Fight Choreographer), Sophie Pratt (assistant director), Alyssa Weathersby (assistant choreographer), Mindy Cimini (associate musical director) and Brian Robillard (production manager).
Tickets for Pippin:
Single adult tickets cost between $38 and $68; discounts apply for seniors and youth. To buy, visit www.reaglemusictheatre.orgcall 781-891-5600, or visit the theater box office at 617 Lexington St, Waltham, MA, 02452. Hours of operation are Wednesdays 2-5 p.m.; Friday 11am-2pm; Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Groups over 20 must contact the ticket office or send an e-mail [email protected].