Join Pippin stars Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin) and Ciara Renee (The Leading Player) backstage at The Music Box Theatre with host Robin Milling. Boldly stepping into the circus choreography for five weeks of training to take over for Matthew James Thomas and Patina Miller, they are relaxed and eager to perform. Ciara says she picked Patina's brain for some direction before turning out Fosse's jazz hands and learned trapeze with the bruises to prove her hard work! Massey had to master a completely different skill set of acrobatics including a back flip!
Kyle tells Robin there's history as Matthew's girlfriend Jennifer Damiano played his sister in Next To Normal, so passing the chained linked sweater onto him was an honor (and yes it is made of real heavy metal). Matthew even left a photo behind of Damiano which sits on Kyle's dressing room shelf.
Both experienced natural opening night jitters. Ciara, previously The Witch in Big Fish, says she'd never been so nervous on stage before, but with the non-stop action you don't have time for nerves. Kyle agrees, "You're shot out of a cannon literally and you don't stop until the end of the show.” From the first chord Ciara says she can feel the energy from the audience. “Before I come out I have that silhouette moment; you can feel their presence through that curtain. That's an amazing energy and you ride on that till the end.”
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