A musical version of the famous Carlo Collodi tale in a highly theatrical mixture of musical comedy, storytelling, commedia, dance, mime, and puppetry. Fluid staging with minimal set, props, and costumes, although more elaborate settings and costumes can be used to increase spectacle. Suitable for arena, proscenium, and touring. Flexible cast, 17 characters, plus extras; minimum of 4 men and 4 women, maximum of 22 or more; can be played with all adult cast or combination of adults and children.
A lively troupe of actors create all the colorful characters of the story of a willful little wooden marionette who runs away from the carpenter Gepetto, to encounter a host of fantastic adventures. On his journey Pinocchio joins a traveling marionette show, gets tricked by a singing-and-dancing Fox and Cat, meets the magical Blue Fairy, and makes a thrilling escape from the Land of Ease, where lazy boys turn into donkeys. When Pinocchio rescued Gepetto from a Sea Monster, he discovers that he has gotten his dearest wish and turned into a real boy. [via]