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Mississippi Pinocchio
Mississippi Pinocchio
Nominated: The Helen Hays Award—The Charles MacArthur Prize for Outstanding New Musical

"The Surface/Maddox style casts a spell that never lets up." —The Washington Post

"There is no better telling of the story of Pinocchio… it comes as close as I've seen to melding together a story that appeals to children and adults alike." —Times Community Newspapers
Book by Mary Hall Surface. Music by David Maddox. Lyrics by David Maddox and Mary Hall Surface.

Cast: 5m., 4w. (playing multiple roles. Can be expanded to a cast of 15 to 25.) Mississippi Pinocchio returns to the rich and magical original tale of Pinocchio—the tale that follows a bad good boy on a journey from wooden-headed selfishness to maturity and compassion. This Pinocchio is carved by an Italian immigrant, Gepetta, who arrives in the Mississippi River town of Natchez circa 1910 dreaming of the good life in America. With her comes her guardian angel, Speranza (which means hope in Italian). The puppet who longs to be real wrestles with a riverboat gambler of a Fox and a parasoled Cat, as well as Fire-eater, a sideshow entrepreneur. But through his many wild adventures, the rogue/hero Pinocchio must grow to understand how freedom and opportunity in this limitless new American world are leavened by compassion and responsibility. The lively score is inspired by Dixieland and Ragtime music. Commissioned and originally produced by Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University's professional theater in Fairfax, Virginia. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

An optional accompaniment CD is available for use with this show. See Rental Info for details.

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On the River - America
He's Real

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  ME3
Cast Size:  9
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  152
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583422684
Publication Date: 06/03/2005
David Maddox (composer, lyricist) has created six works of musical theatre in collaboration with Mary Hall Surface: Sing Down the Moon, Perseus Bayou, Mississippi Pinocchio, The Nightingale (a dance-theatre work, commissioned by the Kennedy Center); Gandhara (also commissioned by the Kennedy Center); and The Odyssey of Telemaca. David is also the composer of Steak!, a country-western musical about cattle-rustling vegetarians ...More
Mary Hall Surface's work has been featured at Seattle Children's Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre, Arizona's Childsplay, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the National Gallery of Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as more than 15 productions at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in every region of the United States, as well as in Ireland, France, Peru, Germany, Italy, Taiwan ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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