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DISNEY'S MY SON PINOCCHIO JR.Add to Cart
DISNEY'S MY SON PINOCCHIO JR
Audio Sampler: $10.00
ShowKit™: $645.00
   ShowKit™ Includes:
30 Actor's Scripts
Piano/Vocal Score
Director's Guide
2 Performance/Accompaniment CDs
Choreography DVD
Media Disc
30 Family Matters Booklets
Running Time: 60 minutes
Songs   Characters   Audio Preview
 
Characters:
ANIMALS (Pig, Foxes, Horse) serve as voices of reason for Geppetto's journey. Performers cast in these roles do not have to sing; however, comic timing and deadpan delivery are essential. These performers should be comfortable inhabiting the mismatched animals they portray.

BERNARDO & MARIA are married residents of Idyllia who are looking to purchase a “perfect” daughter from Professore Buonragazzo. These roles require group singing only. These performers can become part of the ensemble in other group numbers.

THE BLUE FAIRY is convinced of her own perfection and does not like having it called into question. The performer you cast should have good comedic instincts and a solid singing voice. This role does not require excessive dancing.
Range: G3 - E5

BOY 1 is one of three spokespeople for a group of traveling singers. They are larger than life as they spread joy throughout Rainbow Valley with their songs.Boy 1 is the first replacement for Pinocchio, created by Professore Buonragazzo's machine. Find an actor who can minic a comedic version of the famous puppet.
Range: C3 - C4

BOY 2 is the second replacement for Pinocchio. He should be even more wooden than Boy 1.
Range: C3 - C4

CHILDREN OF IDYLLIA (Amelia, Salvatore, Carla, Lucia, Giuseppe, Boy 1, Boy 2) are the perfect children created by Professore Buonragazzo. Performers cast in these roles should be able to sing in groups, with featured speaking lines. There are great opportunities for movement and dance.

DELINQUENTS (Malvolio, Brutto, Sporco, others) can expand to include more performers and are great roles for non-singers. Also, they must be comfortable turning into donkeys.

GEPPETTO A Sharecropper who bids his time until he can go away to college. He has a quiet strength. Geppetto is a lonely toymaker who longs to be a father. Look for a mature performer who feels comfortable playing a parent to Pinocchio and isn't afraid of showing emotion. Cast a strong singer, as Geppetto has several solos.
Range: Bb3 - F5

JUNIOR is Professore Buonragazzo's mirrorimage assistant, created using the child-making machine. The performer in this role will need to work closely with the performer playing the Professor to mimic his movements. A short solo is required, but it can be spoken if necessary.
Range: Bb3 - C#5

MARIONETTES are the stringed puppets in Stromboli's show. There are solos available for marionettes, if you choose to separate their voices from Stromboli. Marionettes can be added as need to the ensemble.
Range: Bb3 - E5

PINOCCHIO is a wooden puppet who doesn't know where he belongs. Look for a performer who can handle the lively personality of a little boy while also capturing tender moments. Although Pinocchio is a boy, the role can be played by a boy or girl. Pinocchio has a few solos, but a strong character actor can easily act through them.
Range: G3 - E5

PROFESSORE BUONGRAZZO is a passionate, mad scientist obsessed with building perfect children. While some solos are required, character work is most important for this role.
Range: Bb3 - C#4

THE RINGLEADER runs Pleasure Island. The performer playing this role should have a real sense of showmanship. This role requires some singing and is a great opportunity to showcase a dancer. The Ringleader can be played by a boy or a girl, but be sure to cast a performer who can commit to the character's mischievous ways.
Range: A3 - E5

ROSA, VIOLA & ARANCIA, fairies in training, are sweet and kind. The performers in these roles should be expressive observers since they often oversee the action occurring onstage during flashbacks. They sing as a group, often alongside the Blue Fairy. Their individual distinctions from one another can be discovered during rehearsal.

ROUSTABOUTS are the sidekicks to Pleasure Island's Ringleader. When performing these roles, personality is key. Group singing is required.

SIGNORA GIOVANNI is Pinocchio's teacher. The role can be a great opportunity to feature a performer who doesn't sing. If needed, this performer can become part of the ensemble in other group numbers.

STROMBOLI is a bumbling, loud, incompetent puppeteer who has at least a few screws loose. Cast a versatile performer who can create silly voices to take this character and his marionettes over-the-top. Stromboli's songs are challenging, so look for someone who is comfortable with his solos and doesn't shy away from silliness.
Range: Bb3 - F5

SUE is a fairy in training who marches to the beat of her own drum. She isn't your typical fairy, as sweetness isn't in her nature. The performer in this role can be brooding or brash, but certainly a contrast to Rosa, Viola and Arancia, although vocally she should blend in.

TALIA is the "perfect child" created for Maria and Bernardo by Professore Buonragazzo's machine. Talia sings and dances to impress her parents, so this is a great role to feature a dancer.
Range: C3 - C4

THE TOWN CHILDREN (Dante, Agata, Fiorello, Francesca, Adriana, Luigi, Gina, Lia, Rico) love the toys in Geppetto's shop. The performers cast in these roles should be able to create individual personalities for their characters. There are opportunities for solos, but performers can sing in groups.

TOWN PARENTS (Signora Lisi, Signore Fucito, Signora Mancini, Signor Alcamo, SIgnora Sommelia, Signora Contrastana, Signora Rosati, Signore Proto, Signore Marino) are the beleaguered mothers and judgmental fathers of the town children. The performers cast in these roles should be able to create individual personalities for their characters. There are opportunities for solos, but performers can sing in groups.

 
Synopsis
Credits
 
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
 
Book by David Stern
 
 
Overview/Synopsis
 
A group of Fairies in Training gather to celebrate yet another "perfectly granted" wish of the Blue Fairy (When You Wish Upon a Star). Their celebration is interrupted by the toy maker Geppetto, who complains that Pinocchio, the puppet she brought to life as his son, is defective. To uncover the truth, the Blue Fairy takes us back in time to the day of Geppetto's wish. Geppetto's toyshop is filled with parents and their eager children (Toys). Having no children of his own, Geppetto envies them and wishes for his heart to be full (Empty Heart). The Blue Fairy grants his wish and brings Pinocchio to life.
 
The next day, the overjoyed Geppetto teaches Pinocchio a song he learned from his father (Geppetto and Son) and introduces him to the Town Fathers, but Pinocchio wanders away. We then travel forward in time (Rise and Shine) to see Geppetto attempt to teach Pinocchio about toy making. When the disinterested Pinocchio lies, his nose grows. Still not convinced of Pinocchio's imperfection, the Blue Fairy takes us forward again to Pinocchio's first day of school. Heeding Geppetto's instructions to "act like everyone else," Pinocchio begins mimicking other students and gets into trouble. In the town square, the puppeteer Stromboli notices that Pinocchio is a stringless puppet and tries to recruit him for his marionette show, but the Blue Fairy sends Stromboli away.
 
Now back in the present, Geppetto repeats his request for the Blue Fairy to take Pinocchio back. Pinocchio overhears and runs away (When You Wish Upon a Star – Reprise). Geppetto goes looking for Pinocchio and finds him performing for Stromboli (I've Got No Strings). After the show, Stromboli locks up Pinocchio but tells Geppetto that the puppet left. Meanwhile, Pinocchio escapes, but Stromboli vows to find him (Bravo Stromboli). The Blue Fairy finally agrees to take Pinocchio back once Geppetto finds him (Just Because It's Magic). In Idyllia, Geppetto encounters Professore Buonragazzo and his "perfect child" machine, which creates a series of perfect children (Satisfaction Guaranteed), but none can replace Pinocchio. Back on the road, Geppetto meets talking animals who act like something else because of their parents' expectations. Meanwhile, the Blue Fairy offers Pinocchio to Stromboli, since Geppetto still doesn't want him (Bravo Stromboli – Reprise).
 
A Ringleader and his Roustabouts introduce us to a children's paradise (Pleasure Island). Geppetto finds Pinocchio there but fails to convince him to come home. Suddenly, Pinocchio and the other dilinquents become donkeys and are sent away on a ship, which Geppetto pursues in a rowboat. The young fairy Sue conjures a whale to save them, but it swallows Geppetto and Pinocchio. Inside the whale, Geppetto promises to be a better father if they ever get home (Geppetto and Son – Reprise). Pinocchio lies so that his nose tickles the whale's throat and it sneezes them out. Back at the toyshop, Stromboli and the Blue Fairy await them. Having learned how to appreciate fatherhood, Geppetto offers Stromboli anything in his shop in exchange for letting him keep Pinocchio (Since I Gave My Heart Away). Stromboli refuses, and the Blue Fairy must to grant Stromboli his wish. But the young fairies point out that Pinocchio has learned to become a real boy, rendering him useless for Stromboli's show. With father and son now transformed and united for good, the Blue Fairy's perfect record remains intact!
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