Present World Premiere of New “Pinocchio”

Performances of Pinocchio  July 19, 20,22 & 23


Young people ages 11 and upward are invited to be part of PINOCCHIO Admission to the play will be by audition only.

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The School of the Arts (SOA) at the National Museum of Dance is excited to announce a new theatre program in collaboration with The Creative Place International (CPI), a Saratoga-based non-profit arts organization providing cultural resources to the community through workshops and theatrical events. This new program, On Stage Showcase, will highlight the world premiere of a new adaptation of the beloved children’s tale, Pinocchio. The performance, created for a family audience, will be held at the National Museum of Dance and will feature music and actors of from 11yo to adults!


Classes will focus on character research, technical aspects of production, stage movement and circus/clowning techniques, as well as a basic introduction to the theatrical style of the Commedia Dell’arte. This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring actors and actress to delve into theatrical study and then use this knowledge in performance. Don’t miss this chance to work with accomplished theatre artists and educators: Patricia B. Snyder, Anny DeGange Holgate, and Mary Jane Hansen. These three artists have worked together for the past several years to present effective and rewarding theatre arts experiences for young people and adults.

“We are excited to expand our association with CPI in this endeavor to broaden the School of the Arts program, complimenting CPI’s workshops and classes and providing new opportunities for one-of-a-kind artistic and educational experiences for all of our students,” said Raul P. Martinez, Director of the School of the Arts.

The new PINOCCHIO is a play with music for family audiences adapted by Mary Jane Hansen from a script by Don Raffaello Lavagna, based on the story by Carlo Collodi, with music by Alberico Vitalini adapted by Will Severin.

Saratogian Mary Jane Hansen is an accomplished playwright, most recently the author of SARATOGA CHIPS presented last August at The Arts Center. Her husband, Will Severin, was music director for SARATOGA CHIPS and a noted composer of works for television and the stage. The author of the original script, Monsignor Don Raffaello Lavagna, is an internationally recognized librettist and the former director of Vatican Radio in Rome, Italy. His collaborator, composer Alberico Vitalini, captures the lively spirit of the classic story with authentic Italian flair.

The CPI Theatre Program is led by a trio of accomplished theatre artists and educators who have worked together for the past several years to present effective and rewarding theatre arts experiences for young people and adults.

Patricia B. Snyder, CPI Artistic Director, was the founder and director of the New York State Theatre Institute for 36 years and has directed plays and musicals that have toured nationally and internationally. She holds a PhD in Arts Professions from NY University.

Anny DeGange Holgate’s career has spanned the professional worlds of dance, opera and theatre. Highlights include a member of the Martha Graham Modern Dance Company and original cast roles in several Broadway shows. Anny trained at The Julliard School in New York City.

Mary Jane Hansen, CPI co-founder, is a writer and actor who performs and writes for theatres in the USA and internationally. She wrote and appeared in AMERICAN SOUP and SARATOGA CHIPS, CPI’s summer 2012 and 2013 productions at The Arts Center in Saratoga. Mary Jane is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Dramatic Arts at Harvard University.

Guest Artists from the professional theatre will join their CPI colleagues to present master classes.

“We are committed to meet the high artistic and educational standards established by the School of the Arts Dance Program, while providing an important cultural resource to the community and each of the students with whom we will work,” said Patricia B. Snyder, CPI Artistic Director, “Our students will learn that their individual talents can have profound effects on themselves and others—the theatrical process is stimulating, challenging and fun.”

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