Tale of Pinocchio

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A twist on the familiar tale of a wooden boy who comes to life unfolded on the stage at Rocky Point Middle School when the building’s talented student-actors performed “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” this April.

Rehearsing for months under the direction of Donna Collier, producer Greg Maggio and choreographer Jamie Gundersen, the students perfected the musical’s songs, dances and dialogues before their debut.

The show told the classic tale from the perspective of Geppetto, the toymaker who created Pinocchio, and included a variety of familiar and new characters. It featured beloved songs such as “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz.

In addition to two evening shows, daytime performances of the musical were provided for the school’s sixth-grade class and students at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, and a preview of the musical was shown at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School.