Footlighters bring magic and morality to stage with Pippin
All of CWRU's a stage: weekend theater productions
Issue date: 4/9/10 Section: Focus
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Most people find themselves lost at some point in life. Many ponder the secret to true happiness and the path that leads to it. In the Broadway musical Pippin, a young prince searches for the answer to this lifelong question.Throughout this weekend, The Case Footlighters will portray his journey in their spring semester production.
The Case Footlighters, an entirely student-run theater organization, voted to bring Pippin to the campus with senior Steven Stumphauzer directing. When speaking to the Footlighters cast and crew about their production, the sense of excitement is clear and contagious.
Footlighters president Brad Hughes admits he was skeptical of Pippin at first, but then adds, "It's hysterical." He laughs throughout rehearsals and says there's a lot of college humor that students will enjoy.
Ensemble member Bradley Fritz, who has been a member of The Footlighters for four years, adds that it's a "feel-good show" and one of his favorite productions yet. It seems as if one of the most charming aspects of the show is how "self-aware" it is. Characters will ask for extra lighting and sing when they're not supposed to, drawing attention to the fact that they actually are on stage.
The production has been called "eclectic" and includes murder, singing, sex, and dancing. The whole group seems to have a great sense of humor about it as well. When members were asked to describe the production, comments frequently included "half-naked men" and "men in tights."
There are many technical aspects of a Footlighters production that often go unappreciated. Cast and crew members build their own sets, work sound and lighting equipment, handle costumes, music, choreography, and other production aspects. Upon entering Thwing Ballroom during the week of the performance, one will most likely see a member of the crew or cast working on something. The costumes are all hand-sewn, rented, or donated from the Lorain-based theater group Mad Factory.