Nine O’Clock Player’s “Pinocchio” Delights Youngsters of All Ages in Hollywood

From left, Judy Claverie as Gepetto, Andrea Saccone as Pinocchio (Andrea is a Toluca Lake resident) and Alison Korman as the Blue Fairy.

I attended the Assistance League of Southern California Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children along with 300 or so youngsters for schools throughout greater Los Angeles. Their enthusiasm for every song, dance and character rang out. For many it was their first time exposed to a live theatrical experience. For most students there was discussion time before the play in class and a follow-up lesson afterward demonstrating the power of the arts in learning.

With book, music and lyrics by Carol Weiss and direction and choreography by Todd Nielsen, the show features fun and bright costuming and set design and live music. What else could you ask for? Allison Korman (The Blue Fairy), Judy Claverie (Gepetto) and Andrea Saccone (Pinocchio) head a large cast that sing and dance their way thru a classic tale of a puppet turning into a real boy. There of course is the life lesson about telling the truth as well and the consequence. There are some new twists, turns and characters on the way.

The Nine O’Clock Players are dedicated to providing children’s theatre of classic tales to young audiences and those young at heart. Matinees during the week service bus loads of excited school children. On the weekends the show is open to the general public. What a treat for the whole family!

Pinocchio runs at 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 13 and 20 and Sundays November 7, 14 and 21. Admission is $12. The theatre is located at 1367 North St. Andrews Place (it runs off Sunset just east of Western) in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.nineoclockplayers.com, or to speak with the box office, call (323) 469-1970.

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