The Old Rep Theatre brought Pinocchio to life with a modern twist on the Carlo Collodi classic.
The puppet was portrayed immensely throughout the whole performance where the actress of Pinocchio carried the extroverted role perfectly, in comparison to the humorous personality of the Blue Fairy, who kept all of the younger viewers giggling on the edges of their seats – just as well as she moved the audience to a silence at the start of the show as she entered.
The creative choreography showed the skill of the aspiring, talented BOA students from multiple pathways as they danced like professionals, sung catchy songs show off their ability, and as a whole you could tell that their input to the show was polished. The high standard of the show complimented the clear efforts put in by the backstage crew, including the lighting team who set every mood perfectly. Similarly excellent was the attention to detail in the set design, setting the scene to include the audience and create a magical, chucklesome and involving production.
I particularly enjoyed the Land of Toys scene, as I felt it was the most dramatic scene with fantastic choreography… without giving any spoilers anyway, the lighting was also particularly creative in this number. The Little Man in this exciting scene played his role incredibly and his character’s peculiar personality drew the younger viewers attention in quickly. I would highly recommend Pinocchio to families, especially with younger children.
Article by Abigail Philpott (Year 12 TTA) as part of our ORT Report scheme with BOA.