Everyone’s favorite knothead gets an extreme makeover in this updated adaptation of the classic Pinocchio.

March 13, 14, 15, 2020

**ALL PERFORMANCES CANCELLED**


CSJ Family,

As you all know, there are recent reports that Governor Whitmer is urging Michiganders to continue to minimize exposure to Coronavirus. As part of these recommendations, she has mentioned avoiding large gatherings when you are ill and continuing to practice safe, responsible hygiene.

Center Stage Jackson takes our participants’ and audience’ health very seriously.  While we do not want to cancel any performances, this seems to be our best option at this time, therefore the performances of the Youth Theater Show No Strings Attached scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled.

There will be one invitation-only performance for cast parents on Friday night.

We have decided on this plan of action to not only limit the amount of people in the facility, but to follow guidelines set forth by JPS and Governor Whitmer. 

Please note, Governor Whitmer and the CDC state the following regarding this virus:

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms might appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. 

That said, while exposure to the virus is limited and unlikely, Center Stage Jackson feels it is best to take this course of action.

We apologizes for any inconvenience this plan might cause.



Location

The Middle School at Parkside’s Kiesel Auditorium
2400 Fourth St. Jackson, MI 49203

Synopsis (About the Musical)

When Carl, a teenager, wants to run away from home, he applies for a job with the mysterious Professor Pinecone and his traveling magical marionette puppet show. He quickly discovers, however, that the position comes with all kinds of strings attached. In this play-within-a-play, Carl becomes Pinocchio and improvises his way through the story, meeting some familiar characters — including a cricket with an attitude, the devious fox and cat and the memorable Blues Fairy — as well as some new ones. With the help of this eclectic cast, Carl stumbles upon life’s lessons as he’s forced to make important decisions.

Family-Friendly Status

This production is rated G. Families welcome!

About Youth Theater

Youth theater productions are open to all Jackson County 3rd-9th grade youth, no experience necessary! Learn more on our Youth Theater FAQ page.

Tickets

$4 per Child (age 12 and younger)
$7 per Teen, Adult, or Senior

Tickets may be purchased at the door only.
Cash only.

Cast

Cast are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
* = Member of Center Stage Jackson. Learn about membership.

AJ Adams……Rug Rat/Bug Chorus
Lauren Aronoff……Fannie Oakleaf
Briana Bates……Tina Tuna, Marionette
Mallory Bergstrom……Cricket
Josie Blackmore……Madame Azure/Chorus
Raina Blankenship……Donkey 4/Marionette/Chorus
Isabel Bournay……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Reagan Burke……Tuna Fish/Chorus
Zac Chmieliewski……Paul/Chorus
Madisyn Clark……Mary Annette
Alex Cockroft……Tuna Fish/Chorus
Tobin Cockroft……Motel Owner/Chorus
Elisha Correll……Professor
Johanna Correll……Peg/Marionette
Cooper Cromwell……Donkey 2/Marionette/Chorus
Aubree Dean……Blues Fairy
Lily Foster*……Motel Owner’s Wife/Chorus
Katherine Gerring*……Carl/Pinocchio
Mil’lan Gibson……Tuna Fish/Chorus
Brooke Hadley……Blues Fairy Backup Singer/Townsperson 2
Boston Hoffius……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Tori Huang……Donna/Chorus
Ally Ives……Trina/Townsperson 4/Chorus
Riley Jones……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Olivia Kestner……Villager 1/Chorus
Carson Lovett……Geppetto
Rylan Lovett……Upholsterer/Chorus
AnnaKay Marshall……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Faelynn McClain……Cat
Aurora McLean……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Michael McMurtrie……Villager 3/Chorus
William Melton……Driver/Chorus
Peyton Miskowski……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Gracie Monroy……Villager 4/Chorus
Noah Monroy……Donkey/Chorus
Olivia Monroy……Donkey/Chorus
Reagan Morelock……Donkey 3/Marionette/Chorus
Lily Pedersen*……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Abel Peterson……Sparky/Chorus
Weston Peterson……Tuna Fish/Chorus
Gabi Principe……Villager 5/Chorus
Charlotte Riedeman……Fox
Rose Soltis……Villager 2/Chorus
Kaylee Smith……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Cadi Stuscavage……Blues Fairy Backup Singer/Townsperson 3
Tiffany Taylor……Bug Chorus/Chorus
Alexandria Viger*……Blues Fairy Backup Singer/Townsperson 1
Dylana Whalen……Blues Fairy Backup Singer/Townsperson 5
Jaxon Whitmore*……Donkey 1/Marionette/Chorus
Jaida Zegarlowicz……Dipstick/Chorus

Production Team

Director……Melissa McElhone*
Music Director……Sarah Baldwin
Choreographer……Aimie Smith*
Stage Manager……Wendy Lake*
Costumes……Ellen Yoakam*
Technical Director……Susanna Ellis*
Producer……Doug Meyers*

Working Behind the Scenes

If you are interested in being helping build, paint the set, or work back stage, contact us at admin@centerstagejackson.org. We’d love to have you join us, no experience necessary!

Location Info & Directions

From the North or South:
Follow US-127 to the I-94 interchange. Do not take I-94 but keep going straight. The Jackson Crossing shopping plaza will be on you right. Travel south approximately 3.5 miles on West Avenue until you reach a traffic circle. Parkside is on your right. The auditorium is on the northeast corner of the building, nearest the traffic circle. The entrance to the auditorium is on the east side of the building under the large Middle School at Parkside sign near the flying eagle statue, but can also be accessed from the large parking lot on the north side of the building (within view of the domed Field House).

From the East or West:
Follow I-94 to exit 138. Exit south toward Jackson. The Jackson Crossing shopping plaza will be on you right. Travel south approximately 3.5 miles on West Avenue until you reach a traffic circle.  Parkside is on your right. The auditorium is on the northeast corner of the building, nearest the traffic circle. The entrance to the auditorium is on the east side of the building under the large Middle School at Parkside sign near the flying eagle statue, but can also be accessed from the large parking lot on the north side of the building (within view of the domed Field House).

Contact

Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net or (517) 539-4118.


NO STRINGS ATTACHED
Book by Patrick Rainville Dorn
Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur