“‘Pinocchio’ has become one of the most popular Puppetworks productions,” said Mike Leach, chief puppeteer and executive director of Puppetworks.
He’s a real boy now! A revival of the beloved classic, “Pinocchio,” will be opening for a new season presented by the strings attached theatre company, JCTC-KIDs, the children’s programming division of Jersey City Theater Center.
First presented in 2015, the audience for classic marionette puppetry has grown since then, with Pinocchio rising in popularity.
“‘Pinocchio’ has become one of the most popular Puppetworks productions,” said Mike Leach, chief puppeteer and executive director of Puppetworks. “It’s the ultimate marionette story, because Pinocchio is a puppet, a marionette. A lot of the word of mouth that grew our following in Jersey City started with that first run of Pinocchio, and many of the kids and parents who now attend Puppetworks always ask about ‘Pinocchio.'”
Pinocchio by Puppetworks is based on Carlo Collodi’s 1882 “Adventures of a Marionette, Pinocchio,” with a script adapted from a 1938 adaptation by The Mercury Theater, co-founded by Orson Welles.
Puppetworks’ production will feature hand-carved, wooden marionettes, an original song score, and colorful scenery ranging from Boobyland and its terrifying Donkey Machine to the eerie and glowing Undersea World, complete with the monstrous whale.
JCTC-KIDS is presenting Pinocchio by Puppetworks every Sunday afternoon at Merseles Studios, 1 p.m., from Feb. 18 to May 20. There will be no performances on March 11 or Easter Sunday, April 1.
Advance tickets/online sales: $9 for children; $10 for adults. At the door: $11 and $12; $9 each for groups of 20 or more. School discounts and private party bookings are also available. To purchase online tickets visit: jctcenter.org. Merseles Studios is located at 339 Newark Avenue in Jersey City.
Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Entertainment