Musical. Adaptation, book and lyrics by Arnold Wengrow. Music by Nicky Rea and Jackie Cassada. Based on the story by Carlo Collodi.
Cast: 4m., 1w., 5 either gender with doubling, or up to 20+ (8m., 2w., 10 either gender) plus optional extras. A musical version of the famous Carlo Collodi tale in a highly theatrical mixture of musical comedy, storytelling, commedia, dance, mime and puppetry. A lively troupe of actors create all the colorful characters of the story of a willful little wooden marionette who runs away from the carpenter Gepetto to encounter a host of fantastic adventures. On his journey, Pinocchio joins a traveling marionette show, gets tricked by a singing-and-dancing fox and cat, meets the magical Blue Fairy, and makes a thrilling escape from the Land of Ease, where lazy boys turn into donkeys. When Pinocchio rescues Gepetto from a sea monster, he discovers that he has gotten his dearest wish and turns into a real boy. Fluid staging with minimal set, props and costumes, although more elaborate settings and costumes can be used to increase spectacle. Suitable for touring. Approximate running time: 80 minutes.