Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 20, 2014

Magical 'Pinocchio' delights

The Andover Townsman

---- — The cast of South Cooperative Theater’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” played to three packed houses last weekend at West Middle School.

The musical featured a cast of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders with Somin Virmani as Pinocchio, Colleen Shay as Pinocchio’s father, Geppetto; Georgia Mellor as the Blue Fairy and Gianna Coppola as Stromboli. Beth Kennedy served as artistic director and shared choreographer duties with Crystal O’Keefe. Charles Gracy, Amanda Spinale and Sherrill Tjalsma helped out as drama directors, with Amanda Potts as music director.

Audience-goers say the classic tale of an aging toy maker and his awkward, wooden puppet did not disappoint, providing a heartwarming, family-friendly treat for one of the final weekends of winter.