MY SON PINOCCHIO JR. IS A ‘WHALE’ OF A TIME!

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The Pearl Theater Presents!
Disney’s MY SON PINOCCHIO JR.

(Bonners Ferry, ID) – Disney’s MY SON PINOCCHIO JR. is playing at the Pearl Theater on Saturday, June 8th at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday, June 9th at 3:00 p.m. The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the 2000 made-for-television movie Geppetto with original music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a few tunes from the 1940 Disney classic Pinocchio. The cast will be the local Swingin’ on a Star students led by Director Victoria Blake Thompson.

“The Swingin’ on a Star youth are like young professionals! What a delight it is to work with them. This show will entertain both young and old alike” states Director Victoria Blake Thompson. “My Son Pinocchio, Jr.” is the regionally acclaimed choir’s third musical.

In this twist on the traditional Pinocchio story, things don’t work out exactly as expected. The Blue Fairy is convinced that she granted Geppetto’s wish perfectly, but the toy maker is less than thrilled with his new son Pinocchio. Geppetto tries to convince the Blue Fairy of Pinocchio’s defects, and he begs her to take him back. The Blue Fairy refuses, but later agrees to give Pinocchio to a greedy puppeteer, Stromboli, who wants the stringless puppet for his show. When Pinocchio saves them both from the mouth of a whale, Geppetto realizes he has grown to love his new son. Upon returning home, he is forced to convince Stromboli and the Blue Fairy that he deserves to keep Pinocchio.

Featured choir members include Matthew Spreeuw as Geppetto, Tully Reinhardt as Pinocchio, Yonna Soltis as the Blue Fairy, Zach Cleve as Stromboli, Michael Youngwirth as Buonragazzi, and Kailey Palmer and Devin Fredericks as the Ringleaders. This Pearl Theater production is truly a celebration of these emerging young artists!

Tickets are $8.00 for General Admission, $7.00 for Pearl Members, and $5.00 for children 16 years and under. Tickets are available at Bonners Books, Mountain Mike’s, and at the door.

The Pearl Theater is located on 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, south of the casino. Turn east off of Highway 95 onto Ash St. and we are the beautiful blue building with the steeple on the right side of the road!

DISNEY THEATRICAL GROUP (DTG) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises.  Through Disney Theatrical Productions, Disney on Ice and Disney Live!, DTG brings live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 19 million people in more than 50 countries.  Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway musicals around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, TARZAN®, Mary Poppins, a co-production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh and The Little Mermaid.  Other successful stage musical ventures have included King David in concert, the national tour of On The Record, several touring versions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, the critically-hailed Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Peter and the Starcatcher (Winner of 5 Tony Awards®) and, most recently, premiere stage adaptations of the films Aladdin at 5th Avenue Theatre and Newsies (Winner of 2 Tony Awards®).
Disney Theatrical Group also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Disney Live!  For over 30 years, Disney on Ice and Disney Live! have brought beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide through productions such as Toy Story 3, Dare to Dream, Treasure Trove, Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show and Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! In addition, DTG licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International.

Music Theatre International (MTI) www.mtishows.com, is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond.  MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education and has created special collections for younger performers. The MTI Broadway Junior Collection® includes “JR.” titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and “KIDS” titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children.  MTI School Editions™ are musicals that have been annotated for performance by high school students, and the Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) Collection are 70-minute musicals designed for adults to perform for children.

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