Last night, I had the good fortune of attending WLMS's version of No Strings Attached which is a musical adaptation of Carlo Collodi's classic Pinocchio. Everyone’s favorite "block head" got an extreme makeover in this funny and entertaining musical adaptation of the classic tale of a talking puppet. As you probably remember, Pinocchio gets into all kinds of trouble before learning what it truly means to be human. The WLMS student actors did an awesome job bringing to life the many characters from the original classic using lots of slapstick humor, clever wordplay and a wide range of musical styles including hip-hop, gypsy swing, bluegrass and good ol’ rock ’n’ roll!
In this play-within-a-play, Kyle, played by Ryan Wilson, becomes Pinocchio and improvises his way through the story, meeting some familiar characters—including a cricket with an attitude, Calan Harrison (“I’m Gonna Bug Ya”), the devious fox and cat, played by Maya Carey and Tasha Powers respectively (“Easy Money”), and the memorable Blues Fairy, Egaria Lee (“Blues Fairy Mama”)—as well as Fannie Oakleaf played by Annie Scott. With the help of these characters as well as some others, Kyle stumbles upon life’s lessons as he’s forced to make important decisions. After a string of poor choices (which makes his nose grow and ultimately leads him to make a donkey of himself), he finally does something good for a change by saving Geppetto, played by Joe Boccher, from the mouth of a giant shark. This was such an enjoyable journey!
Wow, I was so impressed with the incredible talent of our entire cast and crew. The Lake has some simply amazing student performers. I also want to commend Ms. Berla, Ms. Motaung and Ms. Chiarella for directing this wonderful production. Our students are very fortunate to have such a committed group of adults to direct them. Way to go!
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