GUMS to stage classic seventies musical Pippin

NUIG student society performs show by the writer/composer of Wicked

Cast members from GUMS production of Pippin.

Cast members from GUMS production of Pippin.

PIPPIN, THE 1972 musical by Stephen Schwartz, best known for the musical Wicked, for the writing lyrics for the films Pocahontas and Enchanted, as well as composing the music and lyrics for The Prince of Egypt, will be performed in Galway.

Galway University Musical Society will stage Pippin, its 19th annual show, in the Black Box Theatre from Tuesday February 5 to Saturday 9 at 8pm. "Pippin is an amazing theatrical experience, from the moment the audience sits down to the finale," says GUMS auditor Cian Elwood. "Be prepared to be blown away by the one of the best GUMS' shows to hit the BlackBox stage!"

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Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Roger O Hirson, uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a 'leading player', to tell the story of its titular character, a young prince searching for meaning and significance.

Galway University Musical Society is an amateur society run by students. Its productions have been nominated for numerous AIMS awards. "GUMS has been rehearsing tirelessly for Pippin," says societies officer Riona Hughes. "We are all very excited to see what they have in store for all to see in the BlackBox."

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Tickets are €15/12 from the Town Hall Theatre (091 - 569777, www.thth.ie ) or from the Socs Box in NUI Galway.

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