Being a classic tale that was popularized by Disney, Pinocchio’s story is known and loved by many families. However, PYT’s Stories on Stage adaption of the 1883 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, brings twists and increased drama to the storyline.
The Adventures of Pinocchio is directed by Bill Olson and been adapted for the stage by Will Huddleston who directed Officer Buckle and Gloria last SOS season.
The cast of Pinocchio includes a total of 14 actors who work together to create a show that includes almost 30 roles. PYT Spotlight interviewed a newcomer to Stories on Stage, Ryan McCauley (age 15), and a returning member, Ella Brutman (age 13), to discuss their experiences acting in The Adventures of Pinocchio and performing on SecondStage.
What is your role in The Adventures of Pinocchio and what did you do to develop your character?
Ryan: My character’s name is “Mangiafuoco” (the Stromboli equivalent for this production). I made him to be a mix of being ratty, and snaky as well being creepy and manipulative through specific body language choices.
Ella: I am playing “Pinocchio #3”! (The role of “Pinocchio” is split between two other actors: Hunter McDivitt and Kerawin Heaney.) To get into my role, I look at my brothers and think about their situations. I also watch my amazing castmates and get inspired by them. In addition I look online for movies or TV shows that I view and get inspired from characters there as well.
How is Stories on Stage different from PYT’s MainStage musical productions?
Ella: SOS is a much smaller cast, so you can become very close with your cast! Also, it’s a shorter time and a shorter show. However, Pinocchio has been different than my last SOS show, Officer Buckle and Gloria. In Officer Buckle and Gloria, the show was more of a kid’s show. Pinocchio fits for all ages. I love both shows and I want to thank everyone who helped with both shows.
How do you view the differences between the MainStage and SecondStage performance spaces?
What was the biggest challenge for you in this production?
Ryan: This was the first show where I had go home and learn my lines instead of just picking them up at rehearsals.
Ella: The biggest challenge for me was making donkey noises!
Don’t miss PYT’s debut of The Adventures of Pinocchio with performances on SecondStage Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10.00. Showtimes are Friday at 9:30 am, 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. Saturday performances are at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
Blog and Photos by Braden Koch