Friday, August 5, 2011


The cast has been chosen for Darke County Center for the Arts presentation of Missoula Children Theatre’s Pinocchio. DCCA will present two performances of Pinocchio at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville this Saturday, August 6. Curtain time for the matinee is 3 p.m.; the evening performance is at 7 p.m.

Abigail Wright won the role of Pinocchio, the puppet who hopes to become real; Pinocchio’s nemesis Stromboli will be played by Cody Reynolds. Lyssa Middlestetter will appear as the magical, whimsical Blue Fairy, and Pinocchio’s good buddy Jiminy Cricket will be acted by Rachel Wright.

The goofy but villainous characters Fox and Cat will be played by Trevor Noggle and Lauren Durham. A.J. Warner has the role of Pinocchio’s tough friend Candlewick; acting as Candlewick’s hardy crew are Christian Layman, Brayden York, Casey Puckett, and Nathanael Rice.

Sara Rice, Abigail Kramer, and Mariah Collins will be featured as the Puppets. The brave Toy Soldiers will be played by Carson Pope, Maxwell Jordan, Jacob Dickson, Micah Ayette, Ezekiel Wright, and Tyler McKinnis. The other toys will be portrayed by Kylie Freeman, Chloe Buschur, Joy Shuff, Joy Dolack, Evelyn Pietrzak, Katherine Kauffman, Brianna Smart, Elizabeth Moss, and Isabel Rawlins as beautiful Ballerinas or adorable Baby Dolls.

Also featured are Chloe Cox, Carter Puckett, Preston Pietrzak, Sarah Crumrine, Cole Kramer, Logan Schulze, Madison Kinner, Jacob Dunn, Rachel Unger, Cameron Clark, Mykali Isaac, Israel Lehman, Maggie House, Brooke Via, Megan Vansyock, Grace Coakley, Madison Baker, and Haddi Treon as the School Kids from Pleasure Isle.

Completing the ensemble are Hannah Coakley, Reagan Herndon, Chloe Rawlins, Nikki Wheeler, Tanner Herrmann, Lauren Warner, Casey Mortensen, Ethan Dunn, Sydney Oda, and Jackson Pietrzak as the irrepressible Urchins.

Hanna Rice, Zachary Miller, Chloe Davenport, and Tyler Strait will serve as Assistant Directors, aiding the MCT acting/directing team of Leila Rosa and Katherine Land. The show’s accompanist is Judy Kugel.

This Missoula Children’s Theatre residency is made possible by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts; DCCA also receives funding from local businesses, foundations, and the Ohio Arts Council. MCT, based in Missoula, Montana, is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, and will visit nearly 1,300 communities this year with 45 teams of Tour Actor/Directors.

Tickets for Pinocchio are $5, and may be purchased at the door. For more information about the production, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

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