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PNBS-Pinocchio: March 17 (12:30/3:30) and March 23 (3:30)

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PNB’s Family Matinee Series

Featuring performances by students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School

March 17 & 23, 2019

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109


Only Three Performances!

Sunday, March 17 at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 23 at 3:30 pm



The life and adventures of a wooden puppet who finally becomes real.

Inspired by “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi

Music by Nicola Piovani and Amilcare Ponchielli

Conceived & Choreographed by Bruce Wells

Staging by Michele Curtis

Narrated by Allen Galli

Scenic Design by Edith Whitsett

Costume Design by Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop

Lighting Design by Randall G. Chiarelli

Running Time: One hour and 20 minutes, including one intermission


SEATTLE, WA - Pacific Northwest Ballet is happy to announce the return of Pinocchio, the classic tale of a puppet who yearns to be real, in a specially-created matinee performance for children and families. Like PNB’s Family Matinee productions of Snow White and Hansel & Gretel, Pinocchio was conceived and choreographed by Bruce Wells and will feature students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, along with special guest artist Allen Galli as the Narrator. (Pinocchio does not feature PNB Company dancers.) Pinocchio runs for three performances only, March 17 and 23 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Showtimes are at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 17, and 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 23. For tickets, visit PNB.org or call the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424.

See the Ballet…and Play the Instruments

Classical KING FM, in collaboration with Music Center Northwest, will host their ever-popular Instrument Petting Zoo at all performances of Pinocchio on March 17 and 23. Stop by and get a feel for the instruments that make music come to life! FREE with admission!

Additional Lobby Festivities

Make your young ones’ trip to McCaw Hall even more memorable by taking advantage of the keepsake craft table and story-time dance classes offered pre-show in the lower lobby at all performances of Pinocchio on March 17 and 23. FREE with admission!

Bruce Wells is an internationally known choreographer, who began his dance career with the New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. His ballets appear in the repertoire of Ballet Omaha, Carolina Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Australian Ballet, Boston Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Grand Rapids Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, among others. Wells has taught on the faculties of Boston Ballet, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Wells’ first children’s ballet for PNB School was Snow White in 2001, followed by Hansel & Gretel in 2006 and Pinocchio in 2009.


Pinocchio tickets range from $28 to $60 ($14 to $30 for children 12 and under, for sales through Thursday, February 28) and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

·         Phone - 206.441.2424

·         In Person - 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

·         Online - PNB.org

Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to show times at McCaw Hall.

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I haven't seen Pinocchio, but I have seen Snow White, and it is a wonderful production by Bruce Wells.  Edie Whitsett was an inventive designer, and I'm looking forward to seeing this.  It can be done as a double-header with the second Saturday performance of Director's Choice.

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I’ve also seen the Snow White, and agree with everything you’ve said, @Helene. These Bruce Wells works are also a great experience to see the new up-and-coming talent before they begin their apprenticeships — over the years, I recall seeing several current company members in these productions when they were still students.

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