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'Pippin' Rye High School's Most Popular Performance

RYE, N.Y. -- Rye High School's Parsons Street Players' performance of the Tony Award winning musical "Pippin" was a big hit with audiences this weekend. The show was so popular that it recorded the school's highest number of ticket sales since English teacher and "Pippin" director Michael Limone took the reigns three years ago.

"We've been comparing our audience numbers to our performance of ‘Grease’ last year," Limone said. "This show beat ‘Grease’ by 30 tickets, and ‘Pippin’ is not as popular as ‘Grease.’ Something's working so we're really excited."

Limone added that he was overall very happy with all the shows and that the audience engagement and turnout was exceptional

"The performances went really well, the audiences were really really great, they were some of our best audiences in recent years. Overall we were pretty excited about the whole thing,” Limone said.

When asked if one particular student shined above the rest, Limone deflected credit onto the performance of the ensemble as a unit.

"One of the things I like about ‘Pippin’ is it's such an ensemble show. As a high school theatre program I’m looking for a show that everyone can sink their teeth into," Limone said. "It’s a pretty interesting play to think about, and talk about, and to ponder, there's a lot of ambiguity and a lot left to interpretation and we enjoyed that element."

According to Limone, the selection of "Pippin" as the performance was the result of a collaborative process between all the members of the drama club.

"We make the selection together as a club, and I try to steer them away from bad choices," Limone said. "It's important to talk about what are good choices and what are bad choices, and after looking into it the students ultimately decided that ‘Pippin’ was a good choice."

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