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Theatre Bristol Presents Pinocchio; Tickets On Sale Now

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A stage production where truth is in the spotlight, running August 31 – September 9

Like Pinocchio himself, the classic children’s story, Pinocchio comes to life on the Theatre Bristol ARTspace stage, 506 State Street, Bristol, August 31 through September 9 under the direction of Camille Gray. Tickets are on sale now at

Geppetto’s mischievous wooden puppet, Pinocchio, is on a quest to be a real boy…and keep his nose in check. On his adventures, he encounters Mr. Cricket, Stromboli the Fire Eater and puppet master, Red Fox, Black Cat, Candlewick and friends, puppet friends Harlequin and Columbine, and of course, a whale. With some help from the Blue Fairy, Mr. Cricket and puppet friends, Pinocchio learns what it means to be a son.

Director Camille Gray, most recently choreographer for Theatre Bristol’s production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, has directed Godspell, as well as choreographed, stage managed, costumed, and performed in many shows. A Theatre Bristol veteran of 15 years and vice president of the Youth Service Board, she is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Emory & Henry College. She is supported by stage manager Abigail Combs, assistant stage manager Lucy Tester, costumer Whitney Brooks, makeup designer Cameron Roberts, set designer Luke Gray, set build assistants Devon White and Steve Baskett, scenic artists Deanna Vanders and Bert White,  and props masters Ella Combs and Ava White.

Newcomer to Theatre Bristol Cooper Knapp plays Pinocchio, while veteran Steve Baskett plays Geppetto. Ava White is the Blue Fairy and Luke Gray is Stromboli. Iona Blackburn and Madisen Evans are the Red Fox and Black Cat, respectively. Libby Street plays Cricket. Zaiah Gray plays Harlequin and Claire Hankins, Columbine. Mason White is Candlewick Roselini, Faith Vance Madame Roselini, and Avery White Calliope Roselini. Devon White is the Sandwich Man. Ryleigh Tolbert is Sophia, Raina Moody is Maria, and Ella Combs is Leona. Shane Webb plays Alfonso, Braden Mitchell Eduardo, Carter Lawson Pietro, and Colt Fleenor Alidoro. Preslon Meares is Pulcinella and Lilly Hankins is Donabella.

Pinocchio opens August 31, and runs for two weekends at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on September 9. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and will be available online at For information on school shows, please contact

Theatre Bristol’s is pleased to present Pinocchio as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River’s Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Fiddler on the Roof; and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to six productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and other performances are on stage at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email

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