Description:

In Disney's My Son Pinocchio JR., the classic tale of toymaker, Geppetto’s, little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classic songs, “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar winner and Grammy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz.

Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the meaning of family. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto's wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns that being a parent is full of challenges. He struggles to make his son "the perfect boy," only to lose him to a gang of Roustabouts. It is only when faced with the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again that Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving his child unconditionally.

CYT HOUSTON’S PINOCCHIO, JR.
DIRECTOR’S VISION STATEMENT

My Son Pinocchio, Jr. is more than just a cute story with classic and memorable music. It is a magical show chock full of powerful themes that will make our audiences feel something! My prayer and vision is that you will be especially moved by the theme of acceptance. That none of us are perfect, but we are ALL unique. We are called to accept one another, and forgive each other for our mistakes and imperfections.

Pinocchio wants to follow instructions, make his dad proud, and become a real boy. A GOOD boy! The problem is he doesn’t know how, and he always seems to mess it up! Gepetto wants to be a good father, but he is human. He has a temper and he gets frustrated. Many of the other parents in the show say things in moments of anger that they should not say. Children throw temper tantrums and run to Pleasure Island to cause trouble.

We are all imperfect, but we are created in God’s image and we don’t need to be “fixed”. We certainly don’t need to “fix” others either.

This show has roles for all ages. There are many fun and comedic characters of all ages, as well as a few characters—mostly the adults in the story—with a bit more depth and maturity.  There is a natural division in the story between adults and children. Many of the scenes and musical numbers draw attention to this contrast by focusing on conflict between parents and their children, or other adults and children. Characteristics such as your height, vocal range, and ability to appear childlike or mature will weigh heavily in the casting process.

As a general rule, don’t use any accents. Be yourself! That being said, there are a few select moments/characters in the show where a strong, slightly exaggerated Italian accent could be appropriate and add some humor. If you think you have a good Italian accent, feel free to show us during your monologue even if it’s just one phrase. An accent is NOT required, and it WILL NOT reflect negatively on your audition if you don’t have one.

I want every audience member to hear and understand every single word you say. It is very important for you to speak and sing clearly, accentuating all consonants and projecting a clear and bright sound. This is my special assignment for you and this factor will weigh heavily in the casting of all speaking and solo singing roles!

Pick a song from a musical that showcases your range and most importantly reveals your character! There is no specific genre requirement. Your song selection alone tells the artistic team something about you, so pick something that is “you”! Also, no a capella please, we want to see that you can hear the rhythm and blend with the music.

My prayer is that you bring laughs and tears to our audiences through your genuine and subtle expression of the characters in the story, that you inspire them to accept themselves for who they are, and maybe before they leave they’ll make a wish upon a star!

God is planning a perfect show, and I am so excited YOU are going to be a part of it!

-Christopher St James, Director

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Jul 31st @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 1st @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 1st @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 2nd @ 2:00pm
Tickets go on sale Saturday June 6, 2020 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:


Charles Bender Performing Arts Center:

611 Higgins Street, Humble, TX 77338


Show Notes:

We are excited to see your faces IN PERSON on Friday, June 5th for Pinocchio rehearsal! 

Rehearsals:

Venue - Klein United Methodist Church 
Fridays 6:00pm-9:00pm*
Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm*
 
*Call times may vary and will be posted each week on the Callboard by Wednesday evening.
 
Rehearsal Schedule:
June 5-6 (Super Hero Day)
June 12-13 (Dress like your Bittle day)
June 19-20 (Disney Day)
June 26-27 (CYT Shirt Day)
July 10-11 (Silly Sock Day)
July 17-18
July 24-25

Mandatory Parent Meetings -  Friday, July 24th
Feedback Sessions – 6/6 & 6/13 (New signup genius on the callboard.)
Headshots - 6/20
Promo Pics (pre selected characters: Stromboli, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Blue Fairy, 4 fairies in training; Rosa, Viola, Arancia, and Sue) - 6/20
Character Portraits –  6/20
Tech Week - July 26- 30
Performances - July 31-Aug 2Charles Bender Performing Arts Center

Artistic Team:
Director – Christopher St James
Vocal Director – Veronica Amandola
Choreographer – Emily Curda
Intern – Reagan Smalley

For more information, please visit CYT Houston's Parent Hub.

Please email the show coordinator, Crystal St James, at crystal@cythouston.org with any questions. If you are on Facebook, please join our CYT Houston’s My Son Pinocchio, Jr. 2020 Facebook group!

Parent Meeting

Friday, July 24th 7:00pm

Mandatory Parent Meeting Friday, July 24th


Characters:

Geppetto

  • Royce Reid

Pinocchio

  • Kai Desel

Blue Fairy

  • Kaitlyn Whitmore

Arancia

  • Grace Nichols

Rosa

  • Avery Dubeck

Viola

  • Liliana Kabell

Sue

  • Evann Sommers

Stromboli

  • Kai Woods

Professore Buonragazzo

  • Griffen St James

Ringleader

Junior

  • Ryan Berry

Bernardo

Maria

  • Lisette Wilson

Dante

Agata

  • Madyson Schneider

Fiorello

  • Bryce Nichols

Francesca

  • Marin Brednich

Adriana

  • Hollis Brednich

Luigi

  • Connor Pickle

Gina

  • Kristen Dougherty

Liam

  • Zane St James

Rico

  • Samuel Nash

Signora Lisi

  • Summer Dee Nichols

Signora Fucito

  • Ella St. Michel

Signora Mancini

  • Riley Loftus

Signor Alcamo

Signora Sommella

Signora Contrastana

  • Katie Kincer

Signora Rosati

Signor Proto

  • Kai Woods

Signor Marino

  • Griffen St James

Signora Giovanni

  • Celeste Wilson

Pig

Fox

  • Madison Agnew

Fox Mother

  • Karsen Martin

Horse

  • Bryce Nichols

Left Marionette

  • Katie Kincer

Right Marionette

  • Ella St. Michel

Marionettes

  • Celeste Wilson
  • Emma Poli
  • Maci Lovell
  • Riley Loftus
  • Summer Dee Nichols

Talia

  • Makynlee Abernatha

Boy 1

  • Zane St James

Boy 2

  • Samuel Nash

Boy 3

  • Ethan Harris

Amelia

  • Emma Poli

Salvatore

  • Ethan Harris

Carla

  • Maci Lovell

Lucia

  • Kristen Dougherty

Giuseppe

  • Sterling Nichols

Girl 1

  • Hollis Brednich

Girl 2

  • Madyson Schneider

Girl 3

  • Marin Brednich

Roustabouts

  • Anthony Williams
  • Bryce Nichols
  • Connor Pickle
  • Jonathan Wojta
  • Max Schneider
  • Reed Talbert
  • Riley Loftus
  • Summer Dee Nichols

Brutto

  • Jonathan Wojta

Malvolio

Sporco

  • Reed Talbert

Toy Store Parents

  • Celeste Wilson
  • Ella St. Michel
  • Griffen St James
  • Kai Woods
  • Karsen Martin
  • Katie Kincer
  • Lisette Wilson
  • Madison Agnew
  • Riley Loftus
  • Summer Dee Nichols

Puppet Show Audience

  • Jonathan Wojta
  • Karsen Martin
  • Lisette Wilson
  • Madison Agnew
  • Reed Talbert
  • Ryan Berry
  • Sterling Nichols

School Children

  • Anthony Williams
  • Emma Poli
  • Ethan Harris
  • Makynlee Abernatha
  • Max Schneider

Toy Store Children

  • Anthony Williams
  • Bryce Nichols
  • Connor Pickle
  • Emma Poli
  • Ethan Harris
  • Hollis Brednich
  • Jonathan Wojta
  • Kristen Dougherty
  • Maci Lovell
  • Madyson Schneider
  • Makynlee Abernatha
  • Marin Brednich
  • Max Schneider
  • Reed Talbert
  • Ryan Berry
  • Samuel Nash
  • Sterling Nichols
  • Zane St James

Children Of Idyllia

  • Emma Poli
  • Ethan Harris
  • Hollis Brednich
  • Kristen Dougherty
  • Maci Lovell
  • Madyson Schneider
  • Makynlee Abernatha
  • Marin Brednich
  • Ryan Berry
  • Samuel Nash
  • Sterling Nichols
  • Zane St James