A group of Fairies-in-Training gather to celebrate yet another “perfectly granted” wish of the Blue Fairy. Their celebration is interrupted by the toy maker, Geppetto, who complains that Pinocchio, the puppet she brought to life as his son, is defective. To uncover the truth, the Blue Fairy takes us back in time to the day of Geppetto’s wish. Geppetto’s toy shop is filled with parents and their eager children. Geppetto envies them as he has no children of his own. The Blue Fairy grants his wish and brings Pinocchio to life.

Geppetto excitedly introduces his new son to the Town Fathers, but Pinocchio wanders away. On his first day of school, Pinocchio begins mimicking other students and gets into trouble. In the town square, the puppeteer, Stromboli, notices that Pinocchio is a stringless puppet and tries to recruit him for his marionette show, but the Blue Fairy sends Stromboli away.

Back in the present, Geppetto repeats his request for the Blue Fairy to take Pinocchio back. Pinocchio overhears and runs away. Geppetto goes looking for Pinocchio and finds him performing for Stromboli. The Blue Fairy finally agrees to take Pinocchio back once Geppetto finds him. In Idyllia, Geppetto encounters Professore Buonragazzo and his “perfect child” machine, which creates a series of perfect children, but none can replace Pinocchio.

A Ringleader and his Roustabouts introduce us to a children’s paradise called Pleasure Island. Geppetto finds Pinocchio there but fails to convince him to come home. Suddenly, Pinocchio and the other delinquents become donkeys and are sent away on a ship, which Geppetto pursues. The young fairy, Sue, conjures a whale to save them, but it swallows Geppetto and Pinocchio. Inside the whale, Geppetto promises to be a better father if they ever get home. When they eventually arrive back safely to the toyshop, Pinocchio and Geppetto are united and transformed as Father and Son.


TICKETS: $17.00-22.00

WHERE: Koorliny Arts Centre, Theatre 1

NOTE: Ticket is for show only. A selection of chocolates, chips, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be available for purchase from the Koorliny cafe.