'Perils of Pinocchio' a blast from past in Crossville

'Perils of Pinocchio' a blast from past in Crossville

March 18th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Art

IF YOU GO

What: "Perils of Pinocchio."

When: Through April 1.

Where: Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

Admission: $6-$15.

Phone: 931-484-5000.

Website: www.ccplayhouse.com

The show that inspired the people of Crossville, Tenn., in 1963 to fund and build the Cumberland County Playhouse has returned to the mainstage for a three-week run.

Paul Crabtree's "The Perils of Pinocchio" boasts scenery by nationally prominent designer Joe Varga. The production features children ages 6-13 and, according to producers, "the same theater magic that excited an earlier generation and helped turn a mountain crossroads into a leading rural visitor destination."

The title role is shared by Emily McMillen and Emily Graham, who impressed directors Jim and Ann Crabtree, son and daughter-in-law of the late author.

"They sing very well and bring great fun and understanding to the role of a wooden-headed kid who learns to care about others, "said Ann Crabtree, music director.

The Cricket, Pinocchio's "conscience," is played by Mary Kemp and Ellie Burnett.

Also featured is Lenny Lively from Pikeville, Tenn., as father Geppetto, the lonely woodcarver who makes a wooden son to entertain the neighbor kids, and his sister Lindsay, who shares the soprano role of The Blue Fairy with Katey Dailey.

Cumberland County High School graduate Leila Nelson is director/choreographer.