PinocchioBy Greg Banks
The world’s favorite little wooden boy comes to life like never before! This new, highly theatrical adaptation tells the story of the misbehaving puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy.
Will Pinocchio be able to overcome his own naughtiness, resist temptation, and make his dream come true? Find out in this imaginative retelling of the classic tale that teaches valuable lessons about love, family, and what it means to be human.
Pinocchio by Greg Banks and based on the story by Carlo Collodi, will play Saturdays and select Sundays from October 12, 2019 - November 16, 2019 in FST's Keating Theatre.
Produced by special arrangement with Plays For Young Audiences.
This isn't just an experience for your kids- it's a meaningful experience for you too.
SAMANTHA DEMPSEY is from Centreville, VA, and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from East Carolina University in May 2019. Some of her favorite roles performed include Elizabeth Benning in Young Frankenstein, Abigail Adams in 1776, and of course, the Pop Princess in Off The Charts! this past summer at FST. samantha-dempsey.com
BROOKE EMMERICH Hailing from Los Angeles, Brooke is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. Favorite regional credits include The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy U/S,) Green Gables (Diana Barry,) and A Wrinkle in Time (Meg). Brooke is also a teaching artist and has worked with Windy City Performs in Chicago and the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.
TIM HIEMSTRA is a recent graduate from Wayne State University with a BFA in Acting. An Acting Apprentice at FST, Tim recently moved to Sarasota from Detroit, Michigan. Past credits include Sky in Mamma Mia!, Johnathan in Wintertime, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrors. Tim is incredibly excited to be sharing the stage with so many amazing and talented people this season!
MARC JOHNSON is one of FST’s 2019-2020 Acting Apprentices. Marc—who is originally from Philadelphia—fell in love with theatre at the age of nine, and has been performing ever since. Marc attended Muhlenberg College where he continued to develop his passion for the arts, and graduated with a BA in Theatre. Some of Marc’s previous works would include: The Boys Next Door (Jack Palmer), Tainted Love (Boy), and Wig Out! (Deity).
REILLY O’CONNELL is elated to be making her Florida Studio Theatre debut. A recent BFA graduate from Belmont University, Reilly is based out of Nashville and Chicago. Previous works include As You Like It (Rosalind), Men on Boats (William Dunn), She Kills Monsters (Lilith Morningstar), Drowning Girls (Alice and Burnham). reillyoconnell.com
WILL STAPLETON is an acting apprentice originally from Raleigh, NC, and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, receiving his degree in Theatre Education (and his teaching licensure) in May of 2019. FST: Off the Charts! Educational: HAIR (Claude), Pippi Longstocking (Tommy), Silent Sky (ASM), Pinkie and Blue (ASM). Regional: South Pacific (Triad Stage), Sweeney Todd (NC Summer Rep), Illyria and Something’s Coming (Literacy Theatre).
Director | Jason Cannon
Scenic Designer | Lea Umberger
Lighting Designer | Michael Cummings
Sound Designer | Thomas Korp
Stage Manager | Shira Lebovich