Five cast members of RIC musical “Pippin” to perform at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

A performance of the RIC musical “Pippin” at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Fitchburg, Mass., earlier this year, has led to five cast members receiving an unprecedented invitation to perform a selection from the show on the national stage in April.

Talia Triangolo, center, sings "No Time At All" during a 2010 performance of "Pippin" at Rhode
Island College.
William Wilson, RIC’s head of musical theatre and “Pippin” director, received an invitation for the students to perform the song “No Time At All,” at the KCACTF National Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C.

“No Time At All” - which garnered a huge ovation when it was performed at the theatre festival in January - is sung by RIC senior Talia Triangolo, in her role as Pippin’s grandmother Berthe.

In Washington, Triangolo will be joined by castmates Derek Capobianco, Naysh Fox, Dan Larson, and Joey Nicastro. The performance, which runs about seven minutes, will open the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition, at the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center.

Traditionally, a recording of “No Time At All,” as sung by Ryan, is played at the start of the KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition.

This is the first time an invitation has been extended for a live performance of the song.

The KCACTF Irene Ryan competition is made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan, who originated the role of Berthe in the original Broadway production of “Pippin.”

Triangolo received the Irene Ryan nomination three times during her years at RIC, and advanced to the finals after her first year at the competition. Now that she has played the iconic role that Ryan created in “Pippin,” Triangolo said she has come “full circle under Ryan’s influence.”

“I feel like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Wilson. “It is an invitation that has never been extended before. It is a great honor, and I am extremely pleased.”

Tickets for the April 22 performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., are available starting March 12. Visit www.kcactf.org for more information.