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Pinocchio @ Malthouse Theatre

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by Fiona Chen (subscribe)
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After the success of the multi-award winning production of The Wizard of Oz, Windmill and Malthouse theatre now brings the much-loved story of Pinocchio to life through song and dance.

Originally written in the 1800s by Carlo Collodi, this modern adaptation bares many similarities to the original work, yet still provides the audience an insight to themes relevant to the world we live in today.

The story starts off with Geppetto (Alirio Zavarce), a lonely old toy maker, who creates a boy puppet out of wood, Pinocchio, to call his son. Geppetto lovingly teaches Pinocchio how to walk and spoils him with the latest shoes by selling his tools.

Pinocchio, who is regularly overtaken by his a mischievous side, thinks school is 'boring' and runs away to explore the world after a fight with his father. Written by Julianne O'Brien and created by Rosemary Meyers, we embark on a journey with Pinocchio and new friends Kitty Poo (Jude Henshall) and Fox (Derik Lynch) to explore themes on family, love and living, as well as those more relevant to today's culture, the thirst for stardom, curiosity with celebrities and materialism.

Nathan O'Keefe gives a convincing performance as Pinocchio, fully encompassing the movement and attitude I'm assuming a boy puppet would have. His naivety and innocence make it easy for the audience to understand Geoff Revel's antagonistic character, Stromboli's influence over the young Pinocchio.

The music of this production is catchy and generally upbeat, keeping the audience engrossed. The set was also a highlight, often rotating creatively to portray a variety of settings. The artistic direction of the production was very well done, with a perfect balance of obscurity without over doing it. Another highlight would be the continual appearance of the Cricket, a talking puppet that served to guide Pinocchio in the right direction as well as comic relief.

This 2 hour and 10 minute musical is not an extravagant one with masses of dancers, singers and actors, nonetheless, it is perfect to enjoy with your family and for tickets within $18- 52, it is money well spent.

Shows are performed at the Malthouse Theatre from the 6th to the 29th of September.
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Why? A great family musical
When: September 6 - September 29
Where: Malthouse Theatre
Cost: Pratt family pass (2 adults 2 children): $120
Under 18s: $20
Full price: $52
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