Presented by the Tulsa Youth Opera

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm

A fresh retelling of the classical Carlo Collodi story about a wooden puppet who experiences beautiful life adventures that teach him the value of honesty and integrity. Told through 20 characters in short scenes that children of all ages can follow easily.


The woodcarver Geppetto has created an animated puppet called Pinocchio. Geppetto sends Pinocchio, who can move unaided, to school, but Pinocchio prefers to go to the puppet theatre instead. Mangiafuoco, the director, is fed up with telling the same fairy tales over and over again and gives Pinocchio money so that he can travel around the world and find new stories for him.

Pinocchio is robbed by two scoundrels and has to flee from the police because he is unable to pay for his meal at the inn. A pigeon takes him to the fairy’s house, but by the time the snail opens the door for him, Pinocchio has frozen stiff in the cold outside. After the animals have already prepared his burial, the fairy revives him. Pinocchio denies all of his foolishness, but his nose keeps on getting longer. The fairy exhorts him not to lie anymore.

Pinocchio continues his journey and meets his old friend Lucignolo. The two boys plan to travel to the place where every wish is fulfilled instantly, and no one has to go to work or school. However, the land of the idle turns out to be an illusion conjured up by an evil sorcerer, who catches the children and turns them into donkeys.

Distraught at his new appearance, Pinocchio throws himself into the sea, the fish nibble off his donkey’s ears and, finally, he is gobbled up by a whale. In the whale’s stomach, he finds Geppetto, who has been searching the world high and low for Pinocchio for years. Pinocchio regrets what he has done and carries the old man out on his shoulders. Now that he has saved his father, he is now fully a human being.