‘Pinocchio’ comes to life on Albion stage

Stromboli’s puppet show: Harlequin (Grace Murry), Scaramouche (Myranda Nelson), Pinocchio (Cain Carnely), Columbine (Emma Erskine).

Since 1994, the Missoula Children’s Theatre has been making a stop in Albion almost every year.
Two actor/directors tour regions of the country either seasonally or yearly, spending a week in each community. They travel with all of the scripts, costumes and sets necessary to produce a musical adaptation of a classic children’s story.
This year’s play was Pinocchio, which was performed in the Boone Central spectator gym last Saturday, June 30. The students auditioned and rehearsed all week from Monday to Saturday, and had two performances on Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m.
The actor/director duo this year were Thomas Chubb and Viktorija Vidziunas. Chubb and Vidziunas are pursing their degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Illinois University, respectively.
Vidziunas was the director this week, while Chubb acted as the character of Geppetto. Chubb put on an excellent and believable performance of Pinocchio’s father, and made the show very entertaining to watch. However, his performance would not have meant as much without his fellow actors making the story of Pinocchio truly come to life.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Pinocchio is a heart-warming and educational tale about the importance of listening to one’s parents, and the importance of always doing what is right — even if it is not the easiest thing to do. The tale featured moments of deceit, dishonesty, and even betrayal. It also, however, featured moments of honesty, forgiveness, and self discovery.
The entire cast, with the help of accompanist Tami Texley, did a magnificent job enveloping the story and making it very enjoyable to watch.

Read complete story by Thomas Hosford in the July 3 Albion News.