The traditional Italian story of a wooden puppet yearning to be a real boy springs to life with inventive and awe-inspiring puppetry, transforming CST's Courtyard Theater into a larger-than-life, European marionette stage. Carved out of wood by the lonely toymaker Geppetto, Pinocchio tumbles from one disastrous situation to another in search of adventure—only to discover that, in the end, all he really needs is an unselfish heart and the love of his father. Based on Carlo Collodi's classic tale, this world premiere CST Family musical illuminates the bond between parents and children in a magical performance that is sure to enchant audiences of all ages!
Approximate Running Time: 75 minutes, no intermission
The Adventures of Pinocchio is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
In a land of "once upon a time" lives a woodcarver named Geppetto, who loves his wife so dearly that, when she dies, he plants a pine tree at her grave to remind him of her always. But without her at his side, Geppetto finds himself without enough money to buy even a scrap of wood to carve, and is forced to chop down his beloved pine tree. Thinking of the son they never had, Geppetto carves a wooden boy that he names Pinocchio.
Pinocchio is eager to explore the world, and when Geppetto leaves home to buy his new son an ABC book, the wooden boy sneaks outside, where real people like the mischievous boy Lampwick fill the streets. He also meets the magical Fairy, who brings him back home safely. Pinocchio is soon faced with another choice as he leaves home alone for his first day of school: do as his father said or make his own adventure? He decides to sell his book for just enough money to buy a ticket to the puppet show.
Before long, though, the fun-loving boy is tricked into working for the Puppet Master; he’s swindled by the smooth-talking scam artists Fox and Cat; and he’s tempted to climb aboard a dangerous coach bound for "Terra di Ragazzi," the Land of Boys. Geppetto searches for Pinocchio far and wide—but doesn't find him until both end up swallowed by a huge whale! Hope is not lost and, with the help of Pinocchio's knowledge, the Storyteller and a little magic, Pinocchio and Geppetto get to learn about the importance of family—and that making choices is one of the most important and precious parts of being human.