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Summer Arts Intensive premieres with musical "Pippin"

The lights are set to go up on the first-annual Summer Arts Intensive and their production of the Tony Award-winning musical, "Pippin," by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. Presented in collaboration between the West Fargo High School Theatre Department and West Fargo Public Schools, "Pippin" explodes onto the Cheney Middle School stage for four performances - July 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., and July 30 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

"Pippin" is an electrifying, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale that dazzles audiences with a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. In this anachronistic adventure, Prince Pippin, son of King Charlemagne the Great, embarks upon a quest for true personal fulfillment while seeking his own corner of the sky. He relishes the glories of the battlefield, savors the temptations of the flesh, embroils himself in political intrigues and grapples with the commonness of domesticated living. Nothing seems to satisfy him - or so he thinks - and for the first time Pippin is faced with the choice of selfishness vs. selflessness as he discovers what really is important in one's life.

Featuring an energetic pop-influenced score by multi-award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell," "Wicked," and the animated films "Pocahontas," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Prince Of Egypt"), "Pippin" bursts with one show-stopping number after another including: "Magic to Do," "Morning Glow" and "Corner of the Sky."

The Summer Arts Intensive production puts center stage a talented cast of 12 area high school students who hand-selected "Pippin" as the performance opportunity to challenge and showcase their personal and artistic talents.

The company is under the direction of a team of accomplished teachers and professionals including Vocal Director, Tony Peterson, Choreographer, Carrie Hubbard and Director, Adam Pankow.

Tickets will be available at the door on performance nights or by calling the Summer Arts Intensive Box Office at 701-499-1834 from 1 to 4 p.m. Seats are priced $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students.