By Mark Ambrogi
John Collins loves the challenge of his latest role.
Collins will perform in the title role of Summer Stock Stage’s production of “Pippin” July 27 to 30 at Park Tudor School. Pippin is a young prince in search of fulfillment in his life.
Collins, a 2017 Herron High School graduate from the Geist area, said the music is high tenor material.
“It’s big intense music and along with it you have to show this arc of journey starting from a kid who just wants to be the best version of himself he can be and finding his place in the world. He keeps failing time and time again,” said Collins, who plans to major in musical theater at the University of Cincinnati. “He feels he has nowhere else to turn. To be able to show that arc is a good challenge to have.”
This is Collins’ fifth year with Summer Stock. Last year he played Shrek in “Shrek the Musical.” In addition, he played Anthony Hope in Actors Theatre of Indiana’s “Sweeney Todd” earlier in the year.
Collins will be performing with fellow 2017 Herron graduate Courtney Krauter, a Carmel resident.
“He’s my best guy friend since I was a freshman, so it’s been super fun working with him all these past years at Summer Stock,” said Krauter, who will attend Indiana University to major in international studies this fall.
Krauter played Berthe, Pippin’s grandmother.
“She was cast out of the kingdom due to personality conflicts with her daughter-in-law,” Krauter said. “She’s a kind person but has an hilarious humor to her. She gets a little crude at times. She is real fun to be playing because I kind of relate (to a similar sense of humor).”
Krauter said the director doesn’t want to dress her up as an older lady.
“I’m going to wear a wig but he’s going to make it more abstract,” Krauter said. “I act it out instead.”
Too much make makeup might be an issue, too, since Krauter said she performs in other scenes as a chorus member.
Performances are set for 7 p.m. July 27, 28, 29 and 2 p.m. July 30. For more, visit summerstockstage.com.