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The extraordinary life of Pippin

Sevillo & Caldo perform in the Broadway musical

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Joseph Sevillo & Josh Caldo

Winnipeg Studio Theatre, in collaboration with The Village Conservatory for Music Theatre, presents their re-imagined version of Broadway’s Pippin.

The musical tells the story of Pippin, an idealistic and inexperienced young man who returns from university, certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life. His journey takes him through some of the darkest parts of the human experience to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought.

Included in the cast are Joseph Sevillo and Josh Caldo; two local actors who share a mentor/mentee relationship.

The two first met during the Division 1 School production of The Lion King including then-high school senior Josh playing Simba; Joseph took on duties of stage manager and assistant director/choreographer.

Joseph then became Josh’s mentor through the career internship program at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate where they put in 30 hours of work experience, ranging from following Joseph’s preparation for auditions and observing his classes, to watching productions and learning the basics of performing.

After graduating, Josh was thrown into the audition circuit, landing three contracts right out of high school under Joseph’s mentorship.

“Nothing brings me more joy than to see Josh thrive in this world of performing arts,” Joseph explains. “It makes the time investment worth it to see him realize his potential as an artist in musical theatre.”

The duo are currently co-writing a musical about three young Filipino singers from different economic/family upbringings searching to rise out of their present situations through a nation-wide singing contest. This musical reading will be featured in the Carol Shields Festival in May.