Song Sung By Pinocchio

June 11, 2011 by Post Team 

Song Sung By PinocchioSong Sung By Pinocchio, The toymaker Geppetto’s in a bad mood, and Pinocchio’s nose will not grow more on stage, but the presentation of the East Valley Children’s Theatre “The Adventures of Pinocchio” is playful, lively and a little out of control – not unlike the title character. “I tried to make it fun, playful and mischievous, because it is a lot like the original story was,” said playwright C. Mesa Lynn Johnson, who wrote the adaptation for the stage musical. The songs and music of Gilbert residents Kathie McMahon. “The Adventures of Pinocchio” plays June 16 to 26 in the Mesa Arts Center. In this production, Pinocchio must prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy in the face of the temptations of fame, wealth and endless game. With the guidance of his father, Geppetto, and a different kind of consciousness – the young fairy Celeste – Pinocchio manages to escape from his misfortunes.

The cast of 36 ranges in age from 8 to 18, including Geppetto (played by Noah Gilbert Gallego) and Pinocchio (Rainie Hawkins of Apache Junction) and the Blue Fairy (Emily Simzyk Table).

Johnson’s game is about the author Carlo Collodi “Pinocchio”, a book in 1881, located in the Tuscany region of Italy. The work is not like the Disney movie.

“The underlying issue is the maturity of Pinocchio on stage, but how come there is so much fun,” said McMahon.

Johnson, who has won three screenwriting Arizonian, did extensive research on Collodi’s story and setting and incorporates some money from your account.

He removed much of the violence, gave importance to Celeste fairy in training (Blue Fairy) more for what his conscience of Pinocchio and had more female characters, such as students fairy pink, purple and yellow.

Johnson incorporates Italian phrases and images in the script, while McMahon used the mandolin, guitar, accordion and xylophone on some of its six songs and three instrumentals, including “Money grows on trees”, “March Toys “and” She has no choice. ”

McMahon, visited the area in Tuscany last year, the region paid tribute to Pinocchio with a literary theme park. She said she was inspired by the visit and Italian popular music and opera.

The retired music teacher taught vocal music and the band for 27 years at Mesa Public Schools. During his career, he wrote nine musicals for use in schools. Since 1998, has also played flute and piccolo in the Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band.

He now spends his time traveling with her husband, Don, writing fiction and music for the theater.

This is a game of third graders in which Johnson and McMahon have worked for the East Valley Theatre for Children.

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