“There’s nothing more exciting and rewarding than seeing young people make art.”
The Summer at Sem Theater Program puts on a beloved musical with a fresh twist.
After four weeks of hard work and rehearsals, the theater students at Wyoming Seminary’s Summer at Sem program will perform the Broadway musical Pippin. The cast takes the stage on August 3 and 4 at the Kirby Center for Creative Arts in Kingston.
This fun, high-energy play transports the audience to a world of magic as it follows the story of Pippin, a young prince on a quest to become extraordinary. It’s a timeless tale about ambition and the search for fulfillment.
Rediscover a Classic Musical
Students give new life to familiar songs and scenes.
The cast consists of 11 students ages 12 to 18. From 8:30 in the morning to 6 at night, they have been hard at work. Their morning schedule is packed with theater classes, while afternoons are devoted to rehearsals. They’ve produced several shows over the summer, all leading up to Pippin.
The students bring incredible energy and fresh perspectives to the stage.
“I imagine most people who are familiar with Pippin will be surprised—pleasantly surprised,” said program director Jeremiah Downes, who grew up in East Stroudsburg and is currently Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at West Virginia University.
One of the biggest twists is that the play features a female Pippin, played by Rhianna Lewis of Scranton.
“It’s a lot of fun. Pippin is one of those characters who isn’t distinctly masculine or feminine,” Lewis said.
The Summer at Sem production also emphasizes the play’s timeliness. Even though Pippin was originally performed in 1972, its cultural commentary is still relevant today. It’s sure to make the audience reflect on what it means to live in a rapidly changing world.
Rising Stars Hone Their Talent in NEPA
The Summer at Sem program offers conservatory-level training in a fun environment.
Wyoming Seminary is a private college prep school that offers plenty of opportunities in the creative arts. Students from around the world come to NEPA to attend the prestigious Summer at Sem programs in theater, visual arts, music and dance.
The theater program gives students the chance to study and collaborate with professional faculty and guest artists. This year’s artist in residence was Madge Dietrich from the First Broadway National Tour of Kinky Boots.
Students also have access to state-of-the-art facilities at the Kirby Center for Creative Arts, which has 600 seats and professional lighting, acoustics and technology.
“It’s a really special place to be,” Downes said.
The theater program has a rigorous curriculum, but the faculty still keeps things fun and compassionate. Whether students dream of pursuing theater in college or simply want to have fun onstage, they’ll find a caring and inclusive environment at Wyoming Seminary. The cast is like a family with everyone working together to create something special.
Pippin serves as the last performance of the season for Summer at Sem.
Plan a Night at the Theater
Wyoming Seminary invites the community to come see Pippin.
When: August 3 at 7:30 p.m. and August 4 at 2 p.m.
Where: Kirby Center for Creative Arts
260 North Sprague Ave.
Kingston, PA 18704
Tickets: $15 for Adults, $10 for Students and Seniors
Tickets are available in advance at wyomingseminary.org/arts/tickets or at the door.
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