Pinocchio (review)

Pinocchio (review)
Pinocchio (review)
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THE PLAY: This version of a puppet who dreams of being a real boy is a combination of the classic story and the Disney movie.

 

THE PRODUCTION: Even though there are some sparks of comedy, this tale is darker than most children’s plays. There are plot points that aren’t in the movie and some the film left out. The simple songs are pleasant and sung with likable voices. The able, versatile cast creates an involving experience with aplomb and charm. Director Bruce Miller (in his last show for Virginia Rep) has focused more on the interactions instead of a lot of staging embellishments (although there are some fantasy elements). The youngsters especially enjoyed the moments of audience interaction and most children managed to stay spellbound throughout. Terrie Powers has created an Italian village background with a few extra scenic elements in a simple, storybook style. The costumes by Marcia Miller Halley also echo the period, with the Blue Fairy’s dress getting the most attention. Running time: 1:00

 

THE POINT: This telling of the classic tale is more dramatic than expected, but the capable cast makes it appealing.

 

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

 

At Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn thru 5/5

 

Bridget Sindelar, Eve Marie Tuck, Tevin Davis and Landon Dufrene (Photos by Aaron Sutten)

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