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Just Four Shows: Pinocchio

March 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ah, lies, lies, lies … we’ve all told them. Apparently there are two types – the one with short legs, and the one with long noses.

So says the Blue Fairy, at least.

Starting today at 12:00 p.m. the Pacific Northwest Ballet is offering a scant four shows of its narrated one-act ballet of Pinocchio at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. In Italian, Pinocchio literally means “pine brat” or “baby pine” – it’s a portmanteau of pino, pine, and marmocchio, brat.; however, according to the stories – The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi, which first appeared in 1883 – the woodcarver and toymaker Geppetto made Pinocchio out of cherry wood. This ballet is illustrated by enticing storybook sets and creative costumes – your Hedonista (who attended yesterday’s dress rehearsal) particularly loved the mermaid costumes. This specially-created, hour-long matinee is performed by 60 students from the PNB School. What’s more, it makes an ideal and affordable introduction to ballet for children and families.

Pacific Northwest Ballet School students in Pinocchio.  PNB presents the tale of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy, in a special narrated one-act ballet for the whole family.  Pinocchio plays three performances only, March 20 – 26, 2011.  For more information, visit pnb.org or call 206.441.2424.  Photo © Angela Sterling.

Pacific Northwest Ballet School students in the tale of a wooden puppet - Pinocchio - who wishes to become a real boy. Photo © Angela Sterling, provided by PNB, and used with permission.

But note that this performance has a very short shelf-life, so you’d better get your hedonistic hiney(s) in gear if you plan to attend with the kiddies;

Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. (Note: this is a Student Matinee, reserved for school students in groups of 15 or more, who are in grades PreK through 12.)

Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Pinocchio is often used as a term for an individual who tells lies, makes up stories, exaggerates, and/or fabricates tall tales.

The child takeaway: you may not always be good, but you should always respect your parents.

The adult takeaway: good thing our nose doesn’t really grow and our legs don’t really get shorter, eh? (Well, at least not from lying….)

Note: In order to comply with FTC Act 16 C.F.R. 255, Heed the Hedonist would like to disclose that it does receive media “comps” and/or media discounts – but not in exchange for favorable coverage, or for withholding unfavorable coverage, of the give venue/meal/performance/product/service.

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