- Fun for the family Dec. 5-21 at FYT
- Production features songs composed by local musician
- Student cast & crew hometowns listed
The story of the wooden puppet who yearns to be a boy will be brought to lifeon the Flint Youth Theatre (FYT) stage when “Pinocchio” opens Dec. 5 and runs through Dec. 21, 2014. Written by Carlo Collodi and adapted by Greg Banks, the play is directed by FYT Executive Artistic Director Jeremy Winchester.
‘Tis the season for giving, and Pinocchio wants the gift of becoming a real boy more than anything else in the world. Follow Pinocchio as he learns that it is not what we get that makes us whole, but rather what we give.
“While ‘Pinocchio’ is a familiar story to us through movies and books, we are really excited about the unique way in which we tell the tale,” said Winchester. “Yes, it’s the beloved story we know, but with a modern twist and a few surprises that we think will engage and entertain audiences. Plus, the delightful music by local musician Dave Kimber adds a special element that will make this ‘Pinocchio’ truly unique.”
Kimber, who co-wrote the “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” theme made famous by Woodsy the Owl, composed original music for four of the play’s poems, transforming them into songs sung by the cast. He also composed incidental music used throughout the play. His daughter, Annadelle Kimber, a theatre major and graduating senior at the University of Michigan-Flint, has served as music director and assistant director for the production.
The creative team also includes Scenic Design by Tim McMath, Costume Design by Kate Nelson, and Lighting Design by Drew Florida.
Advance tickets for “Pinocchio,” which is best suited for ages 6 and up, are $12 for children, $14 for teens, senior citizens and military veterans, and $16 for adults. Tickets are available at Flint Youth Theatre by calling 810-237-1530 or online at FlintYouthTheatre.org. Day-of-performance tickets are $14 for children, $16 for teens, senior citizens and veterans, and $18 for adults.
“Pinocchio” is sponsored by The Whiting Foundation. Flint Youth Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Series is sponsored by Health Alliance Plan. FYT’s Building Bridges Community Partner for “Pinocchio” is the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint. The Building Bridges Community Partner Program is made possible in part by the Ruth Mott Foundation.
Performances at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley Street, Flint:
Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 7 at 2:30 pm
Friday, December 12 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 pm
Friday, December 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 21 at 2:30 pm
Hometowns of “Pinocchio” student cast and crew members:
Merek Alam (Lampwick) – Davison
Alyssa Banister (Pinocchio) – Birch Run
Jewel Brown (Stagehand-Deck) – Flint
Sam Carter (Judy) – Waterford
Leah Dunlap (Fairy) – Flint
David A. Guster (Cat) – Flint
Brandon Hart (Punch) – Flint
Olivia Johnson (Stagehand-Lights) – Davison
Jennifer Lynn (Fox) – Clio
Isaiah Proctor (Stagehand-Sound) – Flint
Kate Spademan (Cricket) – Flint