'Pippin' on stage at Curtain Call's Kweskin Theatre

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“Pippin” is on stage at Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford, Wednesday, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Featured in the Summer Youth Theater production are Kristen Muller, left, Patrick Agonito and Dante DiFederico.Lou Ursone / Contributed photo

“Pippin” will open at Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford with a special twist. The Summer Youth Theater production will have two actors share what is usually one major role.

Connecticut composer Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics for this Tony Award-winning show, gave the troupe permission to switch things up. “Pippin” will be on stage Wednesday, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 12.

This musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance group, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of a young prince who searches for meaning and purpose in his life. Pippin, the prince, wants to find his “Corner of the Sky,” so to speak.

Leading Player is the role that will be shared, according to a news release. “Smooth-tongued, mysterious, and a master manipulator, the Leading Player is the puppet master of the show,” the release said.

Director Joel Fenster and Music Director Eric K. Johnston suggested actors should share this role because there were so many talented kids in the cast. They said casting a male and female to portray Leading Player has resulted in “some very interesting dynamics.”

Kweskin Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Wednesday, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m., Aug. 6 and 12. Adults $32, senior citizens $25, children (up to age 21) $16. 203-461-6358