Rubber City Theatre (formerly Rubber City Shakespeare) will kick off its 2017-2018 season with Pippin, the classic musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson, opening Aug. 11 and running until Aug. 27.
Producing Artistic Director, Dane CT Leasure, Music Director, Sharon Alberson and Choreographer Kevin Lambes are joined by a talented team of designers and actors from the local Northeast Ohio area to bring this show to life.
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
The production opens Friday, Aug. 11 with Rubber City Theatre’s traditional Pay-As You-Like-It performance, where admission charges are waived thanks to supporters (audiences are encouraged to “pay as you like it” or donate what they can after the show).
Pippin runs through Aug. 27. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2:30 p.m. All performances are located at The Well, CDC, 647 E. Market St. Tickets begin at $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. They may be purchased by phone at (234) 252-0272, online at rubbercitytheatre.com/tickets, or at the door within one hour to show time.
Students with valid school or university ID may also take advantage of $5 student rush tickets (at the door only, subject to availability). In addition, audience members aged 18 and under may attend Youth Rush on Thursday or Sunday performances for free (available at the door only, subject to availability, under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Flex Passes, group pricing, and Season Memberships are also available.
Rubber City Theater was established in 2013 and strives to bring affordable Shakespeare and classical drama to the greater Akron area. The group is funded by the Ohio Arts Council, Akron Community Foundation and individual members of Northeast Ohio Community.