Running Rabbit Brings Pinocchio To Life

MONTCLAIR—Running Rabbit Family Theatre will present the children’s classic Pinocchio in the exciting musical rendition by Patricia Goldberg and Kevin Arruda, now through July 23 with performances in Bloomfield, West Long Branch and Union.

Directed and choreographed by Patrick Starega, Pinocchio is the story of a 3wooden puppet that is magically given the gift of animation by a loving Blue Fairy. Geppetto, the puppet maker sends Pinocchio out into the world with hopes that he will learn to become a real boy. On the puppet’s fantastic journey, he encounters the wily team of cat and fox and an evil puppeteer who seeks to exploit Pinocchio’s unusual talent by capturing him. Coaxed into an amazing trip to a candy island and then to the belly of a whale, Pinocchio’s adventure aims to dazzle and delight audiences of all ages.

“This is the classic tale told with a wicked sense of humor,” says Starega.  “It’s as much fun for the adults—if not more—as it is for our young audiences!”

Pinocchio is recommended for children ages 2 and up. Cast members meet and greet the children after each performance. The theatre group continues the tradition of Grandparent’s Day, where a child may invite a grandparent (their own or someone else’s) to attend a designated performance of one show for free.

Tickets are $14 general admission with group rates available. For ticket reservations and further information call the Box Office at 1-724-816-9772 or visit

Lilly Baldassare as Pinocchio and Jude Madigan as Geppetto
PHOTO BY:  Carrie Yacono

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