‘Pinocchio Jr.’ retells classic Disney tale

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Feb. 26, 2015
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Maceo Cortezz as Geppetto, left, and Ella Mauzey as Pinocchio in “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” at Springfield Little Theatre.Photo credit: Gerry Averett)

Maceo Cortezz as Geppetto, left, and Ella Mauzey as Pinocchio in “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” at Springfield Little Theatre.Photo credit: Gerry Averett)

… Director Jessica Palmer noted that Geppetto is a wholesome character, and Pinocchio’s lying is not a willful thing. Even so, when Geppetto gets his wish to have a real boy, he’s bewildered that he can’t have a perfect boy, setting up a father-son failure to communicate.

“Sometimes situations are misunderstood, and we immediately decide that’s the person to blame, instead of really listening,” she said. “That’s the conflict between Geppetto and Pinocchio: basically, not listening.”

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