Tonight is opening night for the Parker Drama Club's presentation of Pippin, a musical production about a young prince searching for meaning in his life. For Parker Upper School students and cast members of Pippin, Eleni Stavros, Class of 2021; Emma Stanton, Class of 2019; and Jack Morrill, Class of 2019; opening night is the most exhilarating and nerve-wracking night of the performance.
“The best part of opening night is the energy,” said Emma. “There is a sort of nervous and excited energy in the air all at once. It's intoxicating. The feeling of seeing the wonder in the eyes of the audience is something that never gets old for me.”
Emma has been performing with the drama club for many years. This year Emma plays "a player" or member of the ensemble in Pippin. She says she loves her character because it is not like the other characters she has played.
“I love the freedom that I have in this role. There are so many options I have to play this character,” said Emma. “I could be aloof and mysterious or I could be warm and inviting. I could even push the bounds to be seductive and alluring. It gives me an opportunity to try new things I've never been able to try with any of my previous characters.”
The cast and crew of Pippin worked eight straight weeks perfecting Pippin. A masterpiece the students cannot wait for audiences to experience.
“All the work the cast has put into a show will finally be on display,” said Eleni. “Our cast and crew have worked so hard these past eight weeks and we are so excited for everyone to see our work.”
For Eleni, who plays Leading Player in Pippin, this will be her fourth year with the drama club. She says that performing is a creative outlet for her and she loves all the work it takes to develop a character.
“Performing is an amazing opportunity to be both yourself, and be someone totally different,” said Eleni. “Playing a character who is very similar to you, gives you a chance to bring aspects of your life to the stage. Your very own emotions and experiences can help you develop and embody a character. Characters who are very different from you are fun because you are trying something new.”
For Jack, who plays Pippin, says he loves how opening night brings the cast and crew closer together.
“One of the best parts about opening night is that common adrenaline the cast and crew feel,” said Jack. “Everyone is a little nervous about how things will pan out, but everyone trusts everyone and therefore turns that fear into excitement. We get closer with every run of the show.”
Jack currently serves as the drama club’s president has been with the club for about six years. For Jack, performing is a two-hour escape from the normal humdrum of school life.
“My favorite part about performing is being invested in an idea or concept for two or more hours, and just leaving the troubles of the outside world at the door, and focusing in and being in the moment,” said Jack. “Theatre is a synthetic form of reality, but when done right, your brain can be tricked for those two hours that what you are seeing is reality.”
Come see the hard work and passion the student put into the production. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6 pm with additional performances on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 both at 7 pm and a matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 pm. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for students/children and can be purchased online at http://francisparker.seatyourself.biz
. The play has mature themes and content. Therefore, no one under 15 years of age will be allowed without an adult present