The Troubadors perform Pippin

7th/8th Grade Play and Troubadours Production Showcase Talents

The spring 8th and 9th grade play and the Troubadours performance were both smashing hits this past weekend!

The MICDS Troubadours presented Pippin, the infectiously unforgettable masterpiece from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz. As usual, the Troubadours turned out a packed crowd in Orthwein Theatre for the four-day performance.

Zion Thomas ’19 enthusiastically played the role of the young prince Pippin, heir to the Frankish throne. The audience joined along Pippin’s search for the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. In the end, he found that happiness lies, not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the mundane everyday moments. GeGe Pflager ’18 also provided a stunning performance as Catherine, and Alaina Baumohl ’19 masterfully orchestrated a cast of nearly 40 singing and dancing ensemble members as the Leading Player.

“Truly, this has been one of the most challenging musicals we have done in a long time, because 40 actors were onstage for nearly the entire show,” said Director and Fine and Performing Arts Teacher Carolyn Hood. “The performance included huge dance numbers, massive war scenes and the creation of magical illusion. Of course, our dedicated group of thespians with amazing talents were able to pull this off with seeming effortlessness. Their talents and abilities to captivate an audience never cease to amaze.”

MICDS 7th and 8th graders gave an outstanding performance of How to Eat Like a Child. The play is based on the book by Delia Ephron and was adapted for television by Judith Kahan with music and lyrics by John Forster.

Twenty-four MICDS students graced the Freeman Theatre stage as they gave twenty-three lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically. The performance highlighted the wonder of childhood and reminds us of what we forget as we get older.

“The play offered students an opportunity to play on stage—and that is joyous to behold,” said 7th Grade Dean and Fine Arts Faculty Member Charlotte Dougherty, who directed the play.

Troubadours Photo Credit: John Lamb
8th and 9th Grade Play Photo Credit: Gabby Carmichael ’19