5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Pinocchio by Repertory Philippines
Ciao! Buongiorno! Hello! It’s definitely a good day! Repertory Philippine’s Children’s Musical has just announced the staging of Pinocchio!
We are all familiar with Pinocchio, a life-sized puppet created by puppet maker Gepetto. The story was originally written by Carlo Collodi in 1881 and is now one of the most adapted tales in children’s literature. Now, it’s being retold in a new production directed by Miss Joy Virata, artistic director of Repertory Philippines.
Repertory Philippines also brought us Noises Off (Repertory Philippines Is Making Noise with Noises Off) and Osage County (Repertory Philippines Presents August Osage County) before.
I’ve watched the Press Preview 3 days ago and my verdict is wow!
Here are 5 reasons why you should buy your tickets right now! (It rhymes!):
Number 1: There’s Geography!
The story is set in Italy, where puppet maker Maestro Geppeto lives. What good way to open the stage than give some geography lessons about Italy, right?
Number 2: You get to learn a bit of Italian
Words and phrases in Italian are thrown once in a while during the performance. There’s buongiorno (good day) and mi scusi (excuse me). There is also Bambini, a word that means little child, which Gepetto dearly calls Pinocchio. There is si, meaning yes and bravo, meaning well done.
Number 3: There are a lot talented kiddos!
The part of Pinocchio is hard to play. He sings, he dances, he talks and walks.. with just the right amount of being an “almost a real boy”. But these kids, gosh, I don’t think Miss Joy Virata had any problems with them, maybe except with the high energy they have. Albert, Noel, Daniel, Guido, Sofie and Andee, boys and girls who play Pinocchio, are such adorable kids off and on stage. I’m pretty sure they’re going to bring their own flavors to the show.
Number 4: Everything is colorful.
It’s so lively, and there’s never dull moment onstage. Besides, it is interactive. Antonio, the carpenter, serves a narrator. He greets and questions the audience. It’s some kinda of a magic show, even better!
One pro tip here: Parents, calm you kids down when Antonio when he tells the kids that… not following the parents will turn you to donkey (You might get some hysterical reactions.)
Number 5: It never gets old.
C’mon. Who doesn’t get tired of classics? We all grew up with Pinocchio, the pasaway kid we can always relate to, and Gepetto, the representation of parents who loves us so much, willing to accept us when we get the prodigal son topak.
There. Better watch it now ’cause the last time Pinocchio was staged by Repertory Philippines was 10 years ago!
Pinocchio is set to open on August 16, 2014 at the Onstage Theater at Greenbelt 1 Makati. It will run till December 14, 2014. Tickets are available through Ticketworld.