New Era Lutheran Church has a long-standing tradition of philanthropy. Each year, they produce a musical dinner theater that raises money for charity. This seasons installment will be Stephen Schwartz’s classic, Pippin. Pippin is a Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson.
The show tells the story of Pippin, played by Donavan Peniston, a young prince who longs to find his purpose. Pippin is guided by The Three Fates, played by Tracey Pelzer-Timm, Teale Burford, and Jenni Boldt. Burford said, “I like the circus aspect of the story. It’s a cool way to approach the story of this young man who is trying to find something extraordinary and world-changing to do.”
Pelzer-Timm is performing in her sixth New Era show. “I always enjoy helping out the church with this fundraiser. It goes for a good cause. It is always a great group of people to work with.”
Peniston is making his leading role debut. “I like the fun songs that we get to sing. I find it to be really electrifying at times and a lot of fun.”
Bill Turner, the show’s director, said, “The music is amazing. It’s a timeless theme of young people trying to find their place in this world.”
The cast features Donovan Peniston as Pippin, Jenni Boldt, Teale Burford, and Tracy Pelzer-Timm as the Three Fates, Adam Turner as King Charles, Nikki Kurz as Fastrada, Hasan Pasha as Lewis, Ruth Crowell as Berthe, Cassidy Probasco as Catherine, and Noah Elgatian as Theo. The troupe of players includes Elizabeth Agapito, Brad Burton, Catlynn Byrd, Haley Byrd, Jeff Carson, Carlos Gutierrez, Addison Hopkins, Nick Humphrey, Michael Kistler, Andy Kundel, Antonio Martinez, Bradley Meyer, Rachel Ness, Alana Rominger, Kari Turner, Noryli Villada, and Cali Van Zandt.
This year’s dinner will consist of crudités, chicken cordon bleu, parsley potatoes, New Era green beans, dinner roll, dessert, and beverage. The dining room, theater, and restrooms at New Era are air-conditioned and completely handicap accessible.
Proceeds will benefit Lutheran World Relief, Salvation Army of Muscatine, and New Era Lutheran Church.
Tickets for the dinner and show are $25 for adults and $15 for children grades K-12. They can be ordered by calling Joan Dietrich at (563) 299-4710 or Nancy Henke at (563) 263-0881. Tickets may also be ordered by mail from Joan Dietrich, 2854 Rolling Meadow Lane, Muscatine, IA 52761.