Tuesday, May 28

New York City Children’s Theater’s (NYCCT) dance/theater production, PINOCCHIO, will premiere at Theatre Row from March 23rd – April 14th

Pinocchio, the classic fairy tale, will come to life on stage in a new dance adaptation. The show will engage the whole family through puppetry, narration, and original music.

Adapted for young audiences by Barbara Zinn Krieger (Artistic Director and Founder of NYCCT) and directed and choreographed by Stephanie Klemons (Broadway’s Hamilton, If/Then, Bring It On & Director/Choreographer In The Heights at the Kennedy Center), Pinocchio centers on the beloved puppet and their journey to become a real kid. With the help of Lady Blue and wise cricket, Pinocchio will learn to make good decisions and become a real kid.

Director and Choreographer Stephanie Klemons says, “Revisiting classics like Pinocchio allows us to bring theater that really connects multiple generations. Each person in the audience has a relationship with the story. Creating a new, mostly danced version is an exciting opportunity for us to lean into our physical communication which is children’s first language and bring this well-known classic to life in a brand new way!”

NYCCT’s Artistic Director and Founder, Barbara Zinn Krieger says, “I remember watching the movie Pinocchio with my grandsons in Italy. I was inspired by the power of visual storytelling transcending language barriers and sought to reimagine Pinocchio, focusing on its visual narrative to eloquently convey the timeless story. In this adaptation, actions speak volumes, narrating the tale with profound resonance.”

Pinocchio will play at Theatre Row, a program of Building for the Arts, NY, from March 25th – April 14th. Tickets begin at $42.50. A limited amount of pay-what-you-choose tickets are available for each performance. The show runs approximately 50 minutes and is best for ages 4-8, but fun for the whole family.

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Directed and Choreographed by Stephanie Klemons

Adapted for young audiences by Barbara Zinn Krieger

Based on the story by Carlo Collodi

Original Music Composed by Jaime Lozano

Associate Director and Choreographer Taylor McMahon

The production stars Jenavieve Adams, Mecca Akbar, Nicole Arakaki, Rob Coglitore, and Courtney Darlington. Stacey Badgett Jr. and Kristen Roa join the company as swings. Casting by Brent Bejsovec.

The creative team for Pinocchio includes Mark Exline (Scenic Designer and Puppet Designer), Antonio Consuegra (Costume Designer), Daisy Long (Lighting Designer), Rebecca Satzberg (Sound Designer), Niki White (Properties Designer), Mia Qin (Production Stage Manager), and Sloane Fischer (Assistant Stage Manager).

About New York City Children’s Theater

New York City Children’s Theater’s mission is to promote children’s literacy and social development through sustainable, accessible professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. Their programs cultivate children’s growth in the areas of emotional intelligence, community building, and responsible decision-making. The result is empathetic, creative, and independent thinkers who make a positive impact on their world.

To learn more, visit www.nycchildrenstheater.org.

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Media Contact

New York City Children’s Theater
Contact name
Nicole Hogsett
Contact phone
(212) 573-8791
Contact address
340 East 46th Street
New York
United States

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