Allentown Public Theatre presents Sam Kuglen’s modern adaption of “Pinocchio,” beginning Friday through Aug. 25, at St. Luke’s Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown. Director is Marcie Schlener.
In 1883, Carlo Collodi created the popular story of Gepetto, a poor woodcarver, and his mischievous puppet, Pinocchio, who comes to life complete with a nose that grows with every lie he tells. Pinocchio dreams of becoming a real boy and through his misadventures learns about the consequences of his actions and what love and family mean.
The cast includes Lana Brucker as Pinocchio and Stephen Aguirre as Gepetto/Puppet Master, with Jen Kurtz, Vivian Rose and Kate Hughes.
For further info: allentownpublictheatre.com
Third Mask Theatre Company presents the Tony Award-winning, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Friday through Sunday, at Northeast Middle School, 1170 Fernwood St., Bethlehem, with Charlie Brown and friends from Charles Schulz’ revered comic strip, “Peanuts.” Though Charlie Brown is considered a “good man” by his friends, he can’t seem to win heart. Eventually all come to realize what makes them truly happy.
The cast includes Brady Hill as Charlie Brown, Victoria Scovens as Lucy van Pelt, Vince Rostkowski as Snoopy, Adam Conti as Linus van Pelt, Dustin Brinker as Schroeder, Kelly Chemidlin as Sally Brown, Madison Donchez as Peppermint Patty, Elizabeth Boehm as Marcie/Little Red-Headed Girl, Dimitri Mitchell as Franklin, and Ben Adams as Pig Pen.
Artistic/musical director is Nick Conti, who founded Third Mask with Jon Hoffman in 2010. Both are graduates of Freedom High School and credit theater teacher Jennifer Wescoe for their love for theater. Conti also performed at the Freddy Awards in Freedom’s musicals and was nominated for his lead role as Albert Peterson in “Bye Bye Birdie” and supporting role as the Tinman in “The Wizard of Oz.” He will pursue graduate studies in music performance (he plays the trumpet) at Arizona State University this fall. Hoffman, a graduate of Lehigh University, is currently a counselor at a community center day camp for children ages 4 through 12.
For further info: thirdmasktheatrecompany.webs.com