Chad Henry, playwright & composer
4 female, 4 male (20 characters doubled)
Originally produced in SCT’s 96-97 season
Audience Recommendation: all ages
This fast-paced musical, set in colorful 19th Century Italy tells the familiar story of an impish puppet who longs to be a real boy. Willful and disobedient, help, runs away from the kindly Geppeto to see the world with con artists Fox and Cat. Pinocchio’s wild adventures take him from a sinister puppet theatre, to Busy Beeville, menacing Funland, and finally into the belly of a whale, where he barely escapes with the help of the Blue Fairy to return home, change his ways, and become a real boy. With rollicking songs, comedy, suspense, and warmth.
“Henry’s tunes and lyrics are so catchy they should be reprised before Geppetto’s naughty little marionette finally settles down to a bona fide boyhood.” -Seattle Times
Voted Best Original Score of 2002 by the Seattle Times.