Ithaca, N.Y. — The Melodramatic Theatre Company drew in a full house on the opening night of “Pippin” at Cornell Thursday night. An even larger audience was expected for Friday night’s show, which sold-out hours before the show began.
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“Pippin is a coming-of-age story. It follows a young man on his quest to be extraordinary,” wrote Emily Ranii, Director, in an email to The Voice.
The cast of Cornell’s version of “Pippin” was made up of six Cornell students- with a wide variety of majors, ranging from chemical engineering to performing and media arts- and two Ithaca College students.
Becket Harney, a Cornell student who saw Thursday night’s show, told The Voice that he was in “awe.”
“I was blown away, I thought it was just an amazing performance, and everyone was really into it. It was very captivating,” Harney.
Several agreed that the cast was comprised of skilled vocalists.
The Melodramatics Theatre Co. produces one musical per semester. It plans to welcome a pop-punk rock musical called “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” to the stage during the Spring 2015 semester.
The last showing of “Pippin” will be Saturday, November 8th at 8 p.m. More information on the musical can be found at cornellpippin.com.
Correction: A previous version of this story contained several errors. It incorrectly stated the number of students involved; it wrongly said the Cornell production made changes to the original text; it also incorrectly said that “Pippin” was based on a book.