The Man Behind Pippin

BSC Theatre Alum Directs Spring Production

Bagheera staff recently sat down with BSC alum Todd Underwood, who is currently directing BSC Theatre’s spring production of Pippin.

Q: What has been your favorite part of preparing for Pippin? What part has been the most challenging?

A: My favorite part has been working with the incredible students. The students are working in all different capacities from designers to crew to cast. We haven't really had any challenges. Moving into the theater and starting technical rehearsals always brings challenges, but as artists, we are adaptable.

Q: What is your favorite BSC Theatre/Pippin memory?

A: My favorite BSC Theater memory is [the opportunity we had] to [perform] the world premiere of a musical: The Challenge. Several of the writers were able to come from England and give us some insight on the process. [Additionally], I loved doing Pippin. It was my first lead in a musical, and I loved performing Leading Player every show. I felt at home.

Q: What is your favorite thing about BSC?

A: My favorite thing about 'Southern is that there is an environment created that encourages you to do/try things that you may not have. I taught the jazz class at BSC a couple of weeks ago, and there was a member of the men's soccer team taking the class. I don't think that he had taken a dance class before coming to BSC.

Q: What piece of advice would you give to all BSC students?

A: My best advice is don't give up your passion. It may not be your 9-5, but it still can be part of your life. Don't let it go.

Don't miss out on BSC Theatre’s spring production of Pippin, showing April 19th, 20th, and 21st at 7:30 and April 22nd at 2:30!

Feature photo by Emy Pickens.

is a junior English major at BSC. She edits for Bagheera and Quad Literary Magazine. When she is not writing or editing, she plays violin in her family band.