Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical

Interview with Roderick Glanville

We sat down with Roderick Glanville, our Artistic Director and the director of  Kaleidoscope’s Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical coming to the McPherson Playhouse, December 28-30, 2018.

We asked Roderick a few questions about the show, directing, and what the audiences will get out of the show!

Roderick became our Artistic Director in 2011 and has created, directed, and sometimes even written some of our most beloved productions such as War of the Eagles (2013), PAN (2012), The Secret Garden (2014 and 2017), The Little Prince (2016), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2011)

What sort of person is going to LOVE this show?

Everyone! Grandparents and families that remember the books and TV series will love this production. Fans of classic literature….. and the citizens of Sweden. If you love to laugh, have adventures, and use your imagination – then you will LOVE Pippi!

What has been challenging about bringing this script to life?

The biggest challenges have been some of the physical action that the script suggests such as lifting a horse onto a roof, swinging from a chandelier, summersaults on the roof of the cottage, sliding down the chimney.  All of these are in the script.  I think the writers had fun adding the impossible.  We achieve all we need using ‘theatre magic’, no need for the literal, this is ‘playtime in imagination’.  Our audience will experience all the magic events they need just by watching and engaging in the fun action of the story.

The Secret Garden (2017)

The Little Prince (2016)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2018)

Why did you want to direct this story?

I always loved Pippi as a young person.  It’s whacky, funny and perfect for Kaleidoscope audiences.  It’s whimsical with a positive message that ‘play’ is important for everyone, and that silly rules and expected behaviour should be openly questioned and not just accepted as the ‘right’ way to behave as a child.

What do you want audience members to think about in the car as they drive home after this show?

I want them to leave even more energetic as when they came in! I want them to leave saying “I loved Pippi’s hair and the circus scene when she was flying in the air fighting Adolf.  Cling and Clang were so funny the way they moved and danced.  Karlson and Bloom did some awesome dancing acting.  I loved the funny singing pirates.  I like it when Pippi called the mean lady Miss Prissy Prissy Prue.  It was sad when Pippi was going to leave Tommy and Annika and go back to sea.  I’m glad she came back.  Can I get some gold coins, and a Monkey?”

If you had a magic wand and could direct any other show tomorrow, what would it be?

Matilda the musical and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Thanks Roderick! Come see Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical at the McPherson Playhouse December 28-30, 2018.

Be sure not to miss Pippi Longstocking, playing December 28-30 at the McPherson Playhouse.