Circus skills bring playful power to Jerusalem in ‘Pippin’.
(photo credit: YONA CAPLAN)
‘Play is a powerful thing,” says Jerusalem- based actress Rebecca Sykes, and she should know. Sykes, who doubles as an educational consultant specializing in learning through play, is now gearing up for the powerful role of “Leading Player” in the stage musical Pippin, which opens on March 7 for eight performances in Jerusalem.Pippin, a musical fable that tells the story of a young man’s search for the meaning of life, was written by Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz and originally directed by Bob Fosse – the creator of Chicago and other hit musicals. In 2013, a Broadway revival placed Pippin in a circus context. The current production, from Jerusalem’s Starcatcher theater company, has taken up the circus theme, giving Sykes the chance to show off skills she never thought she’d use on stage.