Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hartford Children's Theater Offers Pinocchio Tale

Caleb Reynolds (Pinocchio), Victoria Mooney (Blue Fairy) and Jamison Daniels (Geppetto)
in HCT's Gepetto & Son. Photo Credit: Thomas Giroir

Gepetto & Son, a delightful, new musical take on the classic tale of “Pinocchio.” Under the direction of HCT Artistic Director Ryan Ratelle and Summar Elguindy, Gepetto plays April 30-May 9 at the Carol Autorino Center for Arts and Humanities on the campus of Saint Joseph College (1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford).

Gepetto & Son is a new take on the classic tale of a toymaker named Geppetto and his son Pinocchio’s journey from an awkward wooden puppet to a real, live boy. The Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters take Geppetto beyond the toy shop to help him discover what makes a “perfect child.” This family-friendly musical features the beloved original songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings” from the classic 1940 Disney film "Pinocchio," now celebrating its 70th Anniversary. The score also features new material by Grammy Award-winner and multiple Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz (Wicked).

Tickets are $18 for Adults, $13 for Children (13 and under) and Senior Citizens and are available for purchase online at http://www.hartfordchildrenstheatre.org/. Group tickets are available by calling the HCT Box Office on 860-249-7970 ext. 12. The performance schedule is Friday, April 30 at 7 pm; Saturday, May 1 at 2 and 7 pm; Sunday, May 2 at 2 pm; Friday, May 7 at 7 pm; Saturday, May 8 at 2 and 7 pm and Sunday, May 9 at 2 pm. The production runs approximately 90 minutes and is suitable for children of all ages.

The show features a cast of 22 adult and child performers including Hartford residents and HCT favorites Jamison Daniels as Geppetto and Victoria Mooney as the Blue Fairy along with 10-year-old Burlington resident Caleb Reynolds as Pinocchio.

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