John Jeffcoat Photo
                                Talia Spurlock and Gerrit van Roekel are featured dancers in “Pinocchio.”

John Jeffcoat Photo Talia Spurlock and Gerrit van Roekel are featured dancers in “Pinocchio.”

`Pinocchio’ brought to life through dance

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:10pm
  • Arts

The famous Italian fairy tale about an untruthful puppet will be brought to life by students of Vashon Dance Academy in four performances of “Pinocchio” on June 1 through 3 at Vashon High School.

More than 100 dancers have been supported in the production by a crew of parents who have crafted the sets and costumes for the show. Other parents will appear the show alongside their dancer-daughters and sons.

The show will open with the academy’s youngest students, ages 3 and older, who are sure to dance adorably as baby crickets, led by teen dancers Isa Sanson-Frey and Lyla Mildon, sharing the role of Jiminy Cricket. The show will then go on to feature a wide cast of students who will bring everything from bubbles to music boxes to life through dance.

Artistic Director Cheryl Krown has incorporated ballet, hip hop and modern dance in her choreography.

The lesson of the story, Krown said, is “to face our fears and not be afraid to wish for the impossible.”

This year’s cast features a special father-son pairing, with Pinocchio played by Gerrit van Roekel, and the puppet builder Gepetto played by Gerrit’s dad. Other notable roles include the Blue Fairy, played by Sophie Blasingim, the Cat, played alternately by Jules Vanselow and Hannah Spranger, the Fox, played by Caitlin Jeffcoat and Gwynne Valencia, and the evil puppet mistress Strombolina, played by Aiden Rees and Talia Spurlock.

“Pinocchio” will be performed at Vashon High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1; 1:30 p.m. and 7:30p.m. Saturday, June 2; and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students and are available at Vashon Bookshop and at the door.

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