Wild Rice will present PINOCCHIO, an eye-popping, family-friendly new musical about a puppet who longs to become a real boy, this coming November 17.
This proudly Singaporean adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic Italian fairy tale is a hilarious, heartwarming celebration of family, friendship and the importance of being true to yourself.
Pinocchio reunites three core members of the creative dream team that first delighted audiences with Peter Pan in Serangoon Gardens (2019) – playwright Thomas Lim, lyricist Joel Tan and composer Julian Wong.
“As a story, Pinocchio interests me because it examines why people – not just children – tell lies. Some tell lies to get what they want. Some tell lies to protect others from the painful truth,” says Lim. “But I wanted to take a good look at the lies we tell about ourselves because we are afraid that other people will not like or love us for who we really are.”
This brand-new holiday musical also features the talents of multiple pantomime veterans – from director Pam Oei, who helmed Wild Rice’s Mama White Snake (2017) and The Emperor’s New Clothes (2015) to critical acclaim, to a fabulous cast led by Mae Elliessa, Ebi Shankara, Siti Khalijah Zainal and Dwayne Lau.
For the first time in three years, the production will be welcoming the First Stage Kids back on stage. Aged 5 to 12, these adorable child performers have long been a highlight of Wild Rice’s holiday musicals. Unfortunately, pandemic restrictions have prevented the company from casting children in recent shows like The Amazing Celestial Race and Momotaro and the Magnificent Peach.
“Truth be told, Pinocchio is the perfect way for all of us – young and old, big and small – to end this year on a high,” promises Oei. “I’m so excited to work with the incredible team we’ve assembled to reinvigorate this beloved classic for Singapore audiences: to fill it with magic and good cheer and laughter and joy!”
Performance Dates: 17 November – 24 December 2022
Tue – Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm (24 December’s last show @ 2.30pm)
Previews: 17 & 18 November @ 7.30pm
19 November @ 2.30pm
Ticket Prices Tue – Thu: $30, $40, $70, $80
Fri, Sat & Sun: $35, $45, $75, $90
Previews: $25, $35, $60, $70
Venue: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ Wild Rice
Discounts 10% off on Category 1 & 2 tickets for Students & Senior Citizens, PAssion members, SAFRA members, SINGTEL subscribers.
Tickets on sale at https://www.wildrice.com.sg/event/66633-pinocchio/