The Adventures of Pinocchio at Oakland University in Rochester

The children's musical will be on stage May 20-22, 2016. Catch it with your family at the university's Varner Recital Hall.

Families have a special chance this month to introduce their kids to the story of a wooden puppet that longs to be a real boy.

The famous childhood tale of Pinocchio will be shared with people of all ages when The Adventures of Pinocchio takes the stage at Oakland University’s Varner Recital Hall.

The children’s musical will be presented at four performances May 20-22, 2016. The best part about this family-friendly show? Pajamas are acceptable! That’s right, the university encourages little ones to wear pajamas to the evening performance at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Music and lyrics for The Adventures of Pinocchio are by Neil Bartram, the story is written by Brian Hill and the show is directed by Kerro Knox with musical direction from Fred Love.

“The traditional Italian story of a wooden puppet yearning to be a real boy springs to life with inventive and awe-inspiring puppetry,” the university notes on its website about the upcoming show. “Carved out of wood by the lonely toymaker Geppetto, Pinocchio tumbles from one disastrous situation to another in search of adventure – only to discover that, in the end, all he really needs is an unselfish heart and the love of his father.

“The musical illustrates the bond between parents and kids and is “sure to enchant audiences of all ages,” OU adds.

The musical will be held at Oakland University’s Varner Recital Hall, located at 2200 N. Squirrel Road in Rochester.

Show times are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. Friday, May 20
  • 7 p.m. Friday, May 20
  • 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22

Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $6 for students and children. Kids age 2 and younger get in free. You can purchase tickets here.

For more information on The Adventures of Pinocchio at Oakland University, visit the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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