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Music and Lyrics by
Stephen Schwartz
Book by
David I. Stern

“When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings”
Music by Leigh Harline
Lryics by Ned Washington

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Directed by
Nathaniel Olson

~Special Thanks to the City of Longview ~
ArtsView Children’s Theatre wishes to thank the Cultural Activities Advisory Commission for their continuing support of selected productions and musicals

Fall Production Ages 9-18

Auditions: September 28-30, 2017

Evenings: November 16-18  at 7:00pm
Matinee: November 18 & 19 at 2:00pm

Audition Location, Dates, & Times

Audition Sign-Up Online: September 1 – 27, 2017

Location: ArtsView Children’s Theatre, 313 West Tyler St., Longview, TX 75601

Auditions: Thursday & Friday – September 28 & 29, 5:30 – 8:30pm

Callbacks: Saturday, September 30, 10:00am-2:00pm – Call Back List posted by 9:30pm Friday, September 29.
Cast List: Posted by 7:00pm, Saturday, September 30 (on website, Facebook, & ACT door)

If cast, there is a $50 supply fee which includes  script, CD, T-shirt, costumes, and production supplies.

*Participation in auditions does not guarantee a role in the production.*

~ See audition details below ~

Story Synopsis

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- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” – and what it means to be “a real father.” 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 your child unconditionally. This family-friendly musical is appropriate for all audiences and is a magical mix of heartwarming fairytale and action-packed adventure. Audiences will love following Pinocchio’s journey from an awkward wooden puppet to a real, live boy and will be charmed by Geppetto’s transformation from demanding creator to a real, live father.


The director will be looking for actors who can read and sing the assigned roles with personality and depth.


ROSA, VIOLA & ARANCIA – sweet and helpful fairies in training
SUE – a not-so-sweet and only marginally helpful fairy in training
THE BLUE FAIRY – a senior fairy with a perfect wish-granting track record
GEPPETTO – a lonely toy maker who wishes to become a father
TOWN CHILDREN – rambunctious, demanding, toy-loving kids
TOWN MOTHERS & FATHERS – beleaguered parents
PINOCCHIO – a wooden puppet who becomes Geppetto’s son
SIGNORA GIOVANNI – Pinocchio’s teacher
STROMBOLI – an ambitious puppeteer who is likely missing several marbles
MARIONETTES – members of Stromboli’s puppet troupe
CHILDREN OF IDYLLIA – the perfect children created by Professor Buonragazzo
BERNARDO & MARIA – married residents of Idyllia
PROFESSORE BUONRAGAZZO – the nutty inventor of a child-making machine
JUNIOR – Buonragazzo’s child and assistant
TALIA – a perfect child
RINGLEADER – the ruler of Pleasure Island
ROUSTABOUTS – lackeys of the Ringleader
DELINQUENTS – wild children on Pleasure Island who turn into donkeys

Audition Details

Sign Up Online September 1 – September 27, 2017
Members of the audition panel are looking for actors with individuality, energy, the ability to take direction, and the ability to cooperate in a group. During auditions, actors are encouraged to perform actions and dialogue that will best represent the characters in the play. This will help the panel determine which role may be best for you!

A successful audition means accomplishing the following goals:
1. Do the best you can that day. Be confident and focus on having a good audition, instead of simply getting cast.
2. Learn something. Never leave an audition/call back without learning a new acting trick, new audition material, or making a new friend.
3. Have Fun! Yes, “Acting is Reacting,” BUT….it’s also PRETENDING! It’s time to PLAY!

We are excited about this production of  My Son Pinocchio JR., and invite all who love theatre to audition!

Audition Preparation

  1. Print the Audition Information Sheets found here. Fill them out and bring them with you to auditions. Please include a resume of prior theatrical experience as well as a recent photo/headshot of yourself. These will not be returned to you.
  2. Check the Rehearsal Dates & Performance Dates (also see October – November calendars here) for scheduling conflicts. Be sure to list these on your Audition Information Sheets.
  3. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and athletic sneakers, dance sneakers, or jazz shoes.
  4. Please choose a song from My Son Pinocchio JR., or another musical in the same genre that is 30-60 seconds in length. Please make sure it is the karaoke track (no vocals) and is on a CD, iPod, or iPhone. 
  5. You will cold read from the script. No monologues, please.

**As part of ArtsView’s child safety policy, clear background checks are a prerequisite for all ArtsView participants, volunteers, staff, and production team members, ages 18 & up.

What to Expect at Auditions

  1. Arrive 10 minutes before your audition time. Plan on staying for the entire time.
  2. Sign in and have your picture taken (if needed).
  3. Go over Audition Information Sheets to make sure you have marked all conflicts (see October – November calendars here). Attach photo & turn in paperwork.
  4. Auditions are closed. This means that only actors are allowed in the audition room. Parents may pick you up after auditions are concluded.
  5. Auditions will include reading from the script and character movement. Be willing to “try” any direction the audition panel may give you.
  6. After auditioning, you will be escorted out with your group and will be free to go.

What to Expect at Callbacks

  1. If you are called back, it simply means the director needs to see you again before casting. If requested to attend callbacks, please return to ArtsView on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00-2:00. Participation in callbacks does not guarantee a role in the production
  2. Please plan to stay the entire time. Check in at the front desk. You will receive a name tag to be worn on your RIGHT SHOULDER.
  3. Dress requirements are the same as the audition.
  4. Callbacks are closed. This means that only actors are allowed in the audition room. Parents may pick you up after callbacks are concluded.
  5. There will be a short discussion regarding the agenda for callbacks.
  6. Actors will participate in vocal and physical warm-ups as a group.
  7. You will read excerpts from the script with other actors and/or by yourself. Be prepared to read for all parts.
  8. You will be asked to sing different vocal parts.

The Cast List will be posted on the front door at ArtsView, on Facebook, and on our website by 7:00pm, September 30.

*If cast there is a $50 supply fee which includes a script, CD, T-shirt, costumes, and all production supplies.

Auditioning is hard work! Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment!!!

Rehearsal Dates

All rehearsals will be held at ArtsView Children’s Theatre.

~ Parent/Participant Meeting with Rehearsal following – Monday, October 2, parents, participants, and production team meet from 6:00 – 6:30pm. Please print Participant Packet emailed to you, fill out, and bring to this meeting. *Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the Participant MeetingFollowing the meeting, cast members will have rehearsal until 8:30pm. All rehearsals are closed, parents may pick up after rehearsal is over.

~ Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, October 2 – November 2, 6:00 – 8:30pm. November 6 – 9, 6:00 – 9:00pm. (There is no rehearsal on Monday, October 9)

~ Fridays – October 27 6:00 – 8:30pm, and November 10 6:00 – 9:00pm (this date TBD). These are required. 

~ Saturdays – October 21 & November 4, 10:00am – 3:00pm. November 11, 10:00am – 5:00pm. These are required. 

~Tech Week: Monday – Friday, November 13 – 17, 4:00 – 9:00pm (call times apply)

~ Wednesday, November 15, 7:00pm – Final Dress Rehearsal

*See October – November calendars here.

*Participants each receive 2 seats to dress rehearsal. These are only for the dress rehearsal performance on Wednesday, November 15. All other performances require purchased tickets to attend.

*Rehearsal call times and release times may vary beginning 2 weeks prior to performances.

Performance Dates

Thursday, Friday, and  Saturday – November 16-18, 2017 at 7:00pm
Saturday, and Sunday – November 18 & 19, 2017 at 2:00pm

Tickets on sale Monday, October 2, 2017
$12 Online, $15 in office, by phone, or at the door

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