November 3, 2017

MASON -- From the moment Gepetto creates him from a stick of wood, Pinocchio dreams of being a real boy. But will the all-too-tempting delights of puppet shows and Playland be too much for Pinocchio?

Find out when Mars Hill Academy presents this new, fast-paced, story-within-a-story version of Pinocchio by Greg Banks, based on the classic story by Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio runs November 16-18 and is directed by Lyn Cunningham. Tickets are on sale at

Pinocchio will never be a real boy until he goes to school and stays out of trouble. However, he is easily sidetracked by his pursuits for money, friends, and fun. When Gepetto is swallowed by a whale, it is up to this little puppet to show his courage and prove his love for his Papa. In the end, Pinocchio learns about love, family, and what it means to be human.

"While Pinocchio is a familiar story, we are excited about the unique way in which we tell the tale," Cunningham said. "It's still the beloved story we know but with a modern twist and a few surprises that are sure to engage and entertain audiences."

Two junior high casts will perform. The red cast stars Paige Burns of Cincinnati as Pinocchio; Alex Anderson (West Chester Twp.), Colt Bennett (Maineville), Abby Bowling (Hamilton), Isaac Dowdy (Maineville), Kellen Hasse (Liberty Twp.), and Ellen Reynolds (Cincinnat)i.

The green cast includes Evan Weber of Hamilton Twp. as Pinocchio; Marianne Erickson (Mason), Lucy Hicks (Cincinnati), Abby Kirk (Cincinnati), Grace Santa (Maineville), Nicholas Sheldon (Fairfield), Rachel Tipton (Loveland), and Janie Wehmeyer (Cincinnati).

Tickets are $10 for general seating and $15 for premium seating. For more information, visit

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