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New Era Dinner Theater : Pippin

Pippin, will be the 24th annual production of the New Era Dinner Theater.  The show will be presented on Friday, June 2; Saturday, June 3; Friday, June 9; and Saturday, June 10 in the New Era Community Building at 3455 New Era Road in Rural Muscatine, next to Wild Cat Den State Park.  Dinner will be at 6:00PM.  Reservations are required for all performances.


Pippin, heir to the French throne, is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment.  Influenced by the three fates and a troupe of commedia dell’arte players, he seeks fulfillment in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power. In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the normal moments that happen every day.


Pippin has a beautiful score by Stephen Schwartz who is a four-time Grammy winner and three-time Oscar winner.  Schwartz is well known for his stage works: Wicked, Godspell, andChildren of Eden. The book is by Roger O. Hirson.  The 2013 revival of Pippin swept New York theater awards (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle). 


The New Era production is produced by Carolyn Cole and directed by Bill Turner.  Mary Danner is the stage manager.  Musical direction is provided by Anita Zahniser with Bob Danner helping as rehearsal pianist.  The cast features Donovan Peniston as Pippin, Jenni Boldt, Teale Burford, and Tracy Pelzer-Timm as the Three Fates, Adam Turner as King Charles, Nikki Kurz as Fastrada, Hasan Pasha as Lewis, Ruth Crowell as Berthe, Cassidy Probasco as Catherine, and Noah Elgatian as Theo.  The troupe of Players includes Elizabeth Agapito, Brad Burton, Catlynn Byrd, Haley Byrd, Jeff Carson, Carlos Gutierrez, Addison Hopkins, Nick Humphrey, Michael Kistler, Andy Kundel, Antonio Martinez, Bradley Meyer, Rachel Ness, Alana Rominger, Kari Turner, Noryli Villada, and Cali Van Zandt.


This year’s dinner will consist of crudités, chicken cordon bleu, parsley potatoes, New Era green beans, dinner roll, dessert, and beverage.  The dining room, theater, and restrooms at New Era are air conditioned and completely handicap accessible.  


Proceeds will benefit Lutheran World Relief, Salvation Army of Muscatine, and New Era Lutheran Church.


Tickets for the dinner and show are $25 for adults and $15 for children grades K-12.  They can be ordered by calling: Joan Dietrich, 563/299-4710 or Nancy Henke, 563/263-0881.  Tickets may also be ordered by mail from Joan Dietrich, 2854 Rolling Meadow Lane, Muscatine, IA 52761.