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1972 1981 2000 2013
LEADING PLAYER
Join us. Leave your fields to flower
Join us. Leave your cheese to sour
Join us. Come and waste an hour or two
Doo-dle-ee-do
Journey. Journey to a spot ex-
citing, mystic and exotic
Journey. Through our anecdotic revueWe’ve got magic to do. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

PLAYER
Intrigue…. Plots to bring disaster

BERTHE
Humor…. Handled by a master

GIRLS
Romance…. Sex presented pastorally

LEADING PLAYER
Dee-dle-ee-dee

LEWIS
Illusion…. Fantasy to study

CHARLES
Battles…. Barbarous and bloody

LEADING PLAYER
SO Join us……. Sit where everybody can see

ALL
We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way
(The song develops into a dance of sorts. It involves all kinds of magic tricks, etc., all the things that PLAYERS have ever done to attract and hold an audience.)
We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

LEADING PLAYER
Thank you so very much for coming. We do hope you enjoy the show this evening.

ALL
We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along

We got
Magic to do
just for you, we got
magic to do
just for you, we got
magic to do
just for you
as we go along
our way

our way
we got magic to do
just for you we got
magic to do
just for you we got
magic to do
as we go along
our way

magic to do
magic to do
magic to play
we got
foibles and fables to
portray
as we go along
our way

(After the song, the music continues under.)

LEADING PLAYER
This evening, for your entertainment pleasure, we present
our most mysterious and miraculous tale. A stunning example
of…

PLAYER
Magic!

PLAYER
And merriment!

LEADING PLAYER
You will witness acts of

PLAYER
Lust

PLAYER
Murder

PLAYER
Holy war!

LEADING PLAYER
And a climax, ladies and gentleman, a climax never before seen on a public stage

(A PLAYER jumps onstage from a hidden
platform on the side of the stage.
HE has a lighted torch in his hand)
Not now… later.
(The PLAYER with the torch goes.
The LEADING PLAYER continues}
Our ta1e today concerns the first-born son of Charlemagne… and it is entitled…
(The PLAYERS pull out a large cloth which
has been concealed in one of their costumes.
It reads: PIPPIN: HIS LIFE AND TIMES)
But, before we begin, 1et me assure you that what you are about to see is the true life story of Pippin. You see there have been many misconceptions about Pippin… one that he was…

PLAYER
A hunchback.

LEADING PLAYER
Or that he was

PLAYER
Enormously tall.

LEADING PLAYER
That he was

PLAYER
Completely bald at the age of fourteen.

LEADING PLAYER
But I beg you, cast all previous misconceptions aside. And accept what we enact for you today. (Pause) The life of Pippin begins…
(There is a cry and ONE of the PLAYERS
is raised above the sign with a
bundle in her arms)
Pippin, as a child, showed tremendous thirst of knowledge…
(The WOMAN PLAYER is lowered and a
BOY is held up reading a small book.)
Immersed in these pursuits, the years went by quickly.
{The BOY is lowered and PIPPIN is raised above
the sign. HE is reading a large book.
HE looks out at the audience and smiles as
HE is lowered behind the sign)
Charlemagne sent Pippin to the University of Padua.

CHARLEMAGNE
And the faculty of the university granted him the special title of scholar of the house.

LEADING PLAYER
Pippin replied to this offer in his words…
(The LEADING PLAYER pulls the cloth away. PIPPIN is revealed. The TROUPE applauds, but it is a silent applause, and only ONE of the PLAYERS looks up, frowns slightly, then addresses the LEADING PLAYER.)

PIPPIN
Could I have a little more light, please?
(The LEADING PLAYER claps his hands and a spot light hits PIPPIN.)

PIPPIN
Thank you… Gentle tutors… respected members of the faculty… I’m very grateful for the knowledge that you have given me. But I’m afraid what I’m looking for can’t be found in books…

LEADING PLAYER
And Pippin made a promise.

PIPPIN
I promise not to waste my life on common place ordinary pursuits.

FASTRADA
Terrific.

PIPPIN
You see I know that there is something…

LEADING PLAYER
Something fulfilling? Completely fulfilling?

PIPPIN
Yes! That’s it. Something completely fulfilling

FASTRADA
Oh fantastic.

PIPPIN
And I’m going to find it.
(Underscoring begins.)
I’m not exactly sure what I wanna do… or where I want to go…

Everything has its season
Everything has its time
Show me a reason and I’ll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the window sill
Children fit in the snow
So why do I feel I don’t fit in anywhere I go?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky

Every man has his daydreams
Every man has his goal
People like the way dreams have sticking to the soul
Thunderclouds have their lightning
Nightingales have their song
And don’t you see I want my life to be something more than long

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky
So Many Men seems so destined
To settle for something small
But I won’t rest until I know I’ll have it all
So don’t ask where I’m going
Just listen when I’m gone
And far away you’ll hear me singing softly to the dawn

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky

(After the song, EVERYONE applauds. THEY go to PIPPIN and slap him on the back and congratulate him, ad libbing ‘Wll said’… ‘Bravo’… ‘Good luck’, etc. When the music begins, THEY bow and begin to move off, taking PIPPIN with them.)

LEADING PLAYER
Journey- journey to a spot ex-citing,
mystic and exotic
Journey- Through our anecdotic revue

(The music continues. As it does the LEADING PLAYER performs a trick where HE makes a red scarf disappear in his hand. HE then points to down to the center of the stage; as HE does, a spot light hits the center of the stage, and the LEADING PLAYER crosses to the light and begins to pull what seems to be the same red scarf out of the floor. As it gets larger and larger one sees it is ttached to the palace portal which now rises entirely out of the floor, magically and majestically. It is the full length of the stage. The PLAYERS enter with steps units completing the magic change. When THEY are finished, THEY bow to the audience and go. The LEADING PLAYER indicates the new set to the audience and to PIPPIN who has entered and is excitedly watching the transformation.)

LEADING PLAYER
The royal court of Charles the Great…
(He bows to the audience and squeezes out his own spotlight… PIPPIN addresses the audience.)

PLAYERS
WOO
WOO
WOO

LEADING PLAYER
Join us. Leave your fields to flower
Join us. Leave your cheese to sour
Join us. Come and waste an hour or two
Doo-dle-ee-do
Journey. Journey to a spot ex-
citing, mystic and exotic
Journey. Through our anecdotic revueWe’ve got magic to do. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

PLAYER
Intrigue…. Plots to bring disaster

PLAYER
Humor…. Handled by a master

GIRLS
Romance…. Sex presented pastorally

LEADING PLAYER
Dee-dle-ee-dee

PLAYER
Illusion…. Fantasy to study

PLAYER
Battles…. Barbarous and bloody

LEADING PLAYER
Join us……. Sit where everybody can see

ALL
We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

LEADING PLAYER
Thank you so very much for coming. We do hope you enjoy the show this evening.

ALL
We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our

Magic to do
Magic to do
Magic to do
Magic to do
Magic to do
Magic to play

We’ve got
Foibles and fables
To portray
As we go along
Our way

LEADING PLAYER
This evening, for your entertainment pleasure, we present
our most mysterious and miraculous tale. A stunning example
of…

PLAYER
Magic!

PLAYER
And merriment!

LEADING PLAYER
You will witness acts of

PLAYER
Lust

PLAYER
Murder

PLAYER
Holy war!

LEADING PLAYER
And a climax, ladies and gentleman, a climax never before seen on a public stage
(A PLAYER jumps onstage from a hidden
platform on the side of the stage.
HE has a lighted torch in his hand)
Not now… later.
(The PLAYER with the torch goes.
The LEADING PLAYER continues}
Our ta1e today concerns the first-born son of Charlemagne.
(The PLAYERS pull out a large cloth which
has been concealed in one of their costumes.
It reads: PIPPIN: HIS LIFE AND TIMES)
But, before we begin, let me assure you that what you are about to see is the life story of Pippin. You see there have been many misconceptions about Pippin… one that he was…

PLAYER
A hunchback.

LEADING PLAYER
Or that he was

PLAYER
Enormously tall.

LEADING PLAYER
That he was

PLAYER
A midget

LEADING PLAYER
That he was

PLAYER
Completely bald at the age of fourteen.

LEADING PLAYER
But I beg you, cast all previous misconceptions aside. And accept what we enact for you today. (Pause) The life of Pippin begins…
(There is a cry and ONE of the PLAYERS
is raised above the sign with a
bundle in her arms)

Pippin, as a child, showed tremendous thirst of knowledge…
(The WOMAN PLAYER is lowered and a
BOY is held up reading a small book.)
Immersed in these pursuits, the years went by quickly.
(The BOY is lowered and PIPPIN is raised above
the sign. HE is reading a large book.
HE looks out at the audience and smiles as
HE is lowered behind the sign)
Charlemagne sent Pippin to the University of Padua.

CHARLEMAGNE
And the faculty of the university granted him the special title of scholar of the house.

LEADING PLAYER
Pippin replied to this offer in his words…

PIPPIN
Um.

LEADING PLAYER
He may be a little nervous. This is his first time playing the role.

PIPPIN
Could I have a little more light, please?

LEADING PLAYER
Well, he’s not that nervous.

PIPPIN
Gentle tutors… respected members of the faculty… I’m very grateful for the knowledge that you have given me. But I’m afraid what I’m looking for can’t be found in books… I’m not exactly sure what I wanna do or where I wanna go.

Everything has its season
Everything has its time
Show me a reason and I’ll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the window sill
Children fit in the snow
So why do I feel I don’t fit in anywhere I go?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky

Every man has his daydreams
Every man has his goal
People like the way dreams have sticking to the soul
Thunderclouds have their lightning
Nightingales have their song
And don’t you see I want my life to be something more than long

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky
Everyone seems so destined
To settle for something small
But I won’t rest until I know I have it all
So don’t ask where I’m going
Just listen when I’m gone
And far away you’ll hear me singing softly to the dawn

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky
Got to find my corner of the sky

LEADING PLAYER
And Pippin made a promise.

PIPPIN
I promise not to waste my life on common place ordinary pursuits.

FASTRADA
Terrific.

PIPPIN
See, I know that there is something… umm

LEADING PLAYER
Fulfilling? Something completely fulfilling?

PIPPIN
Yes! That’s it. Something completely fulfilling

FASTRADA
Oh fantastic

PIPPIN
And I’m going to find it.

LEADING PLAYER
Journey- journey to a spot ex-citing,
mystic and exotic
Journey- Through our anecdotic revue
(LEADING PLAYER ushers PIPPIN offstage.
Scene change.)

LEADING PLAYER
The royal court of Charles the Great…

PLAYERS
WOO
WOO
WOO

LEADING PLAYER
Join us. Leave your fields to flower
Join us. Leave your cheese to sour
Join us. Come and waste an hour or two
Doo-dle-ee-do
Journey. Journey to a spot ex-
citing, mystic and exotic
Journey. Through our anecdotic revue

We’ve got magic to do. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

FASTRADA
Intrigue, Plots to bring disaster

BERTHE
Humor, Handled by a master

GIRLS
Romance, Sex presented pastorally

LEADING PLAYER
Dee-dle-ee-dee

LEWIS
Illusion, Fantasy to study

CHARLES
Battles, Barbarous and bloody

LEADING PLAYER
Join us, Sit where everybody can see

ALL
We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform, Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform, Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along

We’ve got
magic to do
just for you
we’ve got magic to do
just for you
we’ve got magic to do
just for you

our way
we’ve got
magic to do
just for you
We’ve got magic to do
just for you
We’ve got magic to do

magic to do
magic to do
Magic to play
we’ve got foibles
and fables
to portray
as we go along our
Hey…

LEADING PLAYER
This evening, for your entertainment pleasure, we present
our most mysterious and miraculous tale. A stunning example
of…

PLAYER
Magic!

PLAYER
And merriment!

LEADING PLAYER
You will witness acts of

PLAYER
Lust

PLAYER
Murder

PLAYER
Holy war!

LEADING PLAYER
And a climax, ladies and gentleman, a climax justly famous throughout the civilized world!
(A PLAYER jumps onstage from a hidden platform on the side of the stage.
HE has a lighted torch in his hand)
Not now… later.
(The PLAYER with the torch goes. The LEADING PLAYER continues}
Our ta1e today concerns the first-born son of Charlemagne… and is entitled…
(The PLAYERS pull out a large cloth which has been concealed in one of their costumes. It reads: PIPPIN: HIS LIFE AND TIMES)

LEADING PLAYER
Pippin!

OTHER PLAYERS
His life and times!

LEADING PLAYER
But, before we begin, 1et me assure you that what you are about to see is the 􀃳 life story of Pippin. You see there have been many misconceptions about Pippin… one that he was…

PLAYER
A hunchback.

LEADING PLAYER
Or that he was

PLAYER
Enormously tall.

LEADING PLAYER
Or that he was

PLAYER
Left-handed, except for bowling…

LEADING PLAYER
But I beg you, cast all previous misconceptions aside. And accept what we enact for you today. (Pause) The life of Pippin begins…
(There is a cry and ONE of the PLAYERS is raised above the sign with a bundle in her arms)
Pippin, as a child, showed tremendous thirst of knowledge…
(The WOMAN PLAYER is lowered and a
BOY is held up reading a small book.)
Immersed in these pursuits, the years went by quickly.
{The BOY is lowered and PIPPIN is raised above
the sign. HE is reading a large book.
HE looks out at the audience and smiles as
HE is lowered behind the sign)
Charlemagne sent Pippin to the University of Padua.

CHARLEMAGNE
And the faculty of the university granted him the special title of scholar of the house.

LEADING PLAYER
Pippin replied to this offer in his words…

(The LEADING PLAYER pulls the cloth away. PIPPIN is revealed. The TROUPE applauds, but it is a silent applause, and only ONE of the PLAYERS actually claps.)
He may be a little nervous. This is his first time playing the role.

PIPPIN
Could I have a little more light, please?

LEADING PLAYER
Well, he’s not that nervous.

PIPPIN
Thank you… Gentle tutors… respected members of the faculty… I’m very grateful for the knowledge that you have given me. But I’m afraid what I’m looking for can’t be found in books.

LEADING PLAYER
And Pippin made a promise.

PIPPIN
I promise not to waste my life on common place ordinary pursuits. You see I know that there is something…

LEADING PLAYER
Something fulfilling? Completely fulfilling?

PIPPIN
Yes! That’s it. Completely fulfilling. And I’m going to find it. I’m not exactly sure what I wanna do… or where I want to go…

Everything has its season
Everything has its time
Show me a reason and I’ll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the window sill
Children fit in the snow
So why do I feel I don’t fit in anywhere I go?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky

Every man has his daydreams
Every man has his goal
People like the way dreams have sticking to the soul
Thunderclouds have their lightning
Nightingales have their song
And don’t you see I want my life to be something more than long

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky
so many men seem destined
To settle for something small
But I won’t rest until I know I have it all
So don’t ask where I’m going
Just listen when I’m gone
And far away you’ll hear me singing softly to the dawn

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky
(After the song, EVERYONE applauds. THEY go to PIPPIN and slap him on the back and congratulate him, ad libbing ‘Wll said’… ‘Bravo’… ‘Good luck’, etc. When the music begins, THEY bow and begin to move off, taking PIPPIN with them.)

LEADING PLAYER
Not bad for your first time! Not bad at all!
Journey- journey to a spot ex-citing,
mystic and exotic
Journey- Through our anecdotic revue
(The music continues. As it does the LEADING PLAYER performs a trick where HE makes a red scarf disappear in his hand. HE then points to down to the center of the stage; as HE does, a spot light hits the center of the stage, and the LEADING PLAYER crosses to the light and begins to pull what seems to be the same red scarf out of the floor. As it gets larger and larger one sees it is attached to the palace portal which now rises entirely out of the floor, magically and majestically. It is the full length of the stage. The PLAYERS enter with steps units completing the magic change. When THEY are finished, THEY bow to the audience and go. The LEADING PLAYER indicates the new set to the audience and to PIPPIN who has entered and is excitedly watching the transformation.)

LEADING PLAYER
The royal court of Charles the Great…
(He bows to the audience and squeezes out his own spotlight… PIPPIN addresses the audience.)

PLAYERS
WOO
WOO
WOO

LEADING PLAYER
Join us. Leave your fields to flower
Join us. Leave your cheese to sour
Join us. Come and waste an hour or two
Doo-dle-ee-do
Journey. Journey to a spot ex-
citing, mystic and exotic
Journey. Through our anecdotic revueWe’ve got magic to do. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

FASTRADA
Intrigue, Plots to bring disaster

BERTHE
Humor, Handled by a master

GIRLS
Romance, Sex presented pastorally

LEADING PLAYER
Dee-dle-ee-dee

LEWIS
Illusion, Fantasy to study

CHARLES
Battles, Barbarous and bloody

LEADING PLAYER, LEWIS, CHARLES
Join us

LEADING PLAYER
Sit where everybody can see

ALL
We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way

LEADING PLAYER
Welcome to the show, ladies and gentlemen!

ALL
Welcome to the show, ladies and gentlemen!

LEADING PLAYER
Are you ready to have a good time tonight?

ALL
Huh!
We’ve got
magic to do
just for you
we’ve got magic to do
just for you
we’ve got magic to do
just for you

our way
we’ve got
magic to do
just for you
We’ve got magic to do
just for you
We’ve got magic to do

magic to do
magic to do
Magic to play
we’ve got foibles
and fables
to portray

as we go along our
Hey…

LEADING PLAYER
This evening, for your entertainment pleasure, we present
our most mysterious and miraculous tale. A stunning example
of…

PLAYER
Magic!

PLAYER
And merriment!

LEADING PLAYER
You will witness acts of

PLAYER
Lust

PLAYER
Murder

PLAYER
Holy war!

LEADING PLAYER
And a climax, ladies and gentleman, a climax you will remember for the rest of your lives!
(A PLAYER jumps onstage from a hidden
platform on the side of the stage.
HE has a lighted torch in his hand)
Not now… later.
(The PLAYER with the torch goes.
The LEADING PLAYER continues}
Our ta1e today concerns the first-born son of Charlemagne, and is entitled…
(Lights up on the PLAYERS who have spelled out Pippin a l the logo of the Original Broadway production.)
Pippin: His Life and Times!
(PIPPIN enters from back and leaps through the hula-hoop in the first P.)
But, before we begin, 1et me assure you that what you are about to see is the 􀃳 life story of Pippin. You see there have been many misconceptions about Pippin… one that he was…

PLAYER
A hunchback.

LEADING PLAYER
Or that he was

PLAYER
Enormously tall.

LEADING PLAYER
That he was

PLAYER
Extremely short!

LEADING PLAYER
That he was

PLAYER
Completely bald at the age of fourteen.

LEADING PLAYER
But I beg you, cast all previous misconceptions aside. Our story begins as Pippin’s childhood ends…

CHARLES
His last day at the University of Padua, where his father had sent him…

FASTRADA
So that he might embark upon his life with the maximum of choices…

LEWIS
And possibilities!

BERTHE
Pippin so distinguished himself at university that the scholars bestowed upon him the title of

ALL
Scholar of the House!

LEADING PLAYER
And Pippin responded in his own deeply moving words.
(Pippin stands dumbstruck.)
He may be a little nervous. This is his first time playing the role.

PIPPIN
Could I have some more lights, please?

LEADING PLAYER
Well, he’s not that nervous.

PIPPIN
Thank you, gentle tutors… respected members of the faculty… I’m very grateful for the knowledge that you have given me. But I’m afraid what I’m looking for can’t be found in books…

LEADING PLAYER
And Pippin made a promise.

PIPPIN
I promise not to waste my life on common place ordinary pursuits. I am going to live a life that’s extraordinary. You see I know there is something…

LEADING PLAYER
Fulfilling? Something completely fulfilling?

PIPPIN
Yes! That’s it. Completely fulfilling. And I’m going to find it. I’m not exactly sure what I’m gonna do… or where I want to go…

But everything has its season
Everything has its time
Show me a reason and I’ll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the window sill
Children fit in the snow
So why do I feel I don’t fit in anywhere I go?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky

Every man has his daydreams
Every man has his goal
People like the way dreams have sticking to the soul
Thunderclouds have their lightning
Nightingales have their song
And don’t you see I want my life to be something more than long

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky
So many men seem destined
To settle for something small
But I won’t rest until I know I have it all
So don’t ask where I’m going
Just listen when I’m gone
And far away you’ll hear me singing softly to the dawn

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky
Got to find my corner of the sky

LEADING PLAYER
We’ve got ourselves a live one!
Doo-dle-ee-doo
Journey- journey to a spot ex-citing,
mystic and exotic
Journey- Through our anecdotic revue
The royal court of Charles the Great…

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