Award-winning choreographer Chet Walker directed this yearâ€™s MainStage musical â€œPippin.â€ Â Walker is known as the co-creator and co-choreographer of the Broadway musical, â€œFosse,â€ and as the choreographer of the current revival of â€œPippin.â€ For five weeks, he worked with Trinityâ€™s actors to put on this show, which opens tonight in Stieren Theater.
Q: What were your initial thoughts on coming to Trinity?
A: I had no preconceived ideas. Â I had never been to San Antonio, and I didnâ€™t know anything about the school. The only thing I knew was about the show. Â And I never say no. Â I only say yes.
Q: How has your experience been overall?
A: Itâ€™s interesting because the school doesnâ€™t have a musical theatre program per se, so the people who are here doing the show have other majors. Â So, itâ€™s amazing that theyâ€™ve been able to dedicate so much time to do something like this.
Q: How has directing at Trinity been different from other productions?
A: Every show has the elements that you need, and you donâ€™t know what those elements will be until you get here. Â So, this experience has not been any different in how you put something together than any other show Iâ€™ve ever done.
Q: Is the production unique in any way because of Trinity students?
A: The subject matter, although universal to everyone, is about a young boyâ€™s journey into finding what lifeâ€™s all about, and thatâ€™s what theyâ€™re doing in their lives right nowâ€“trying to find out where they should be in this worldâ€“so I think itâ€™s unique in the sense that it really talks to them.
Q: Do you have any worries about the show now that youâ€™re leaving?
A: No, because I leave it in good hands and, as Iâ€™ve learned through many years, the show will happen. The curtain will go up and go down and magic will happen in this very theater and on this very stage.