What does it mean to be human? Tout à Trac's production of Pinocchio in association with Young People’s Theatre answers this question beautifully.
The 65-minute production retells the classic story of Pinocchio (Krystel Descary), a wooden marionette who dreams of becoming a real boy. Though there are 10 diverse characters who appear in the show, there are only four actors who brilliantly portray them. This specific production of Pinocchio touches upon the human condition and what it means to grow up. Although he deceives his papa and finds himself in trouble with the mischievous Fox and Cat (Milva Ménard and Christian Perrault), Pinocchio’s ability to learn from his mistakes, his love for Geppetto (Claude Tremblay) and his brave, selfless act to save him from the sea monster is what being human is all about. He was a real boy all along.
Pinocchio is an Italian story, written by Carlo Collodi and there are many moments in the production where Tout à Trac pays homage to its Italian roots with aspects of Commedia dell'arte, specifically the Fox and the Cat and the way they bounce around the stage. The movement of the actors is brilliantly choreographed by director Hugo Bélanger. Special mention goes to Krystel Descary for her ability to command the stage with her movement and maneuver the marionette with her, becoming one with Pinocchio.
The set, designed by Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle was beautifully constructed and helped create the show’s toy-like atmosphere from the very beginning. Overall, the entire show was phenomenal. It made me laugh, it made me tear up and it had me in awe. Very rarely does a show evoke all of these emotions in one sitting, especially in merely 65 minutes, but Pinocchio succeeds in doing so and does it brilliantly.
Pinocchio is running at Young People's Theatre until March 21. For more information visit http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/.