New Stage Theatre brought 'Pinocchio' to Baker Elementary School in October. The show was part of the company's Arts-in-Education statewide touring program. The troupe put on two shows for the school, which has an enrollment of 282 students in grades pre-K–5. The school's adopter, the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, sponsored the performance.
Students interacted with the cast as they followed Pinocchio's quest to become a real boy. They learned the importance of being truthful, selfless and kind to others. The 50-minute production was adapted by playwright Greg Banks. Sharon Miles of New Stage was the director. Cast members were Cherry Rendel, Hayden Schubert, Jordan Williams, and Sarah Coleman.
The New Stage cast led second graders in an engaging classroom activity. They explored the literature, themes of the play and the experience of acting. Afterwards, they helped students create their own movable whale and Geppetto characters from the play.
New Stage Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre. These sponsors support, in part, the Arts-in-Education tours: