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'Pinocchio Jr.' to be staged July 11-13 at McCoy

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The New Albany Arts Council's summer theater production of My Son Pinocchio Jr. will feature more than 36 thespians ages 9 to 15 from New Albany, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna and Westerville.

The performances will be July 11-13 in New Albany.

"I'm excited for audiences to see the show because they think they know the story of Pinocchio, but our show comes from the point of view of the Blue Fairy and Geppetto, which turns everything on its head," said show director Josh McKinney.

My Son Pinocchio Jr. is based on a Walt Disney musical about Pinocchio, a puppet carved from wood by Geppetto and who is given life by the Blue Fairy.

The junior version of the story was written for middle-school-aged students by David Stern.

The production features a host of popular songs from the Disney production, including When You Wish Upon a Star and I've Got No Strings.

Some of the cast members are scheduled to perform Thursday, July 10, at the New Albany Farmers Market.

The market opens at 4 p.m. and is held Thursdays in Market Square on Market Street in New Albany.

McKinney said the cast also is scheduled to perform in 2015 at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta.

The group was accepted as one of 100 from across the country to participate, McKinney said.

The Junior Theater Festival was founded in 2003 and became an annual event in 2010. It is expected to have 4,500 participants this year, according to the organization's website.

To pay for the trip, McKinney said, the New Albany Arts Council is beginning fundraisers that will continue throughout the year.

"This year has been amazing to be part of because the cast has been very cohesive since the first rehearsal," McKinney said. "Their sound is incredible and just came together with very little effort."

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.

Tickets, priced at $10, can be purchased by through the CAPA ticket office at 614-469-0939 or online at mccoycenter.org or ticketmaster.com.

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