This 40-minute operatic version of the children’s literary classic addresses the importance of telling the truth and resisting peer pressure while borrowing scenes from W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, J. Offenbach, and G.B. Pergolesi.

Presented by the Pensacola Opera; included with admission.

The Plot: Stepping into a new and unknown world, Pinocchio is hoodwinked by Wolf and Cat and persuaded to disobey his father by skipping school to meet Dr. Dulcamara, a loathsome puppeteer. Dulcamara detains Pinocchio with the intention of having him perform with his miraculous mechanical doll, Olympia. The puppet and doll become friends, and when Dulcamara breaks Olympia in a fit of rage, Pinocchio runs home to admit his disobedient behavior and ask his father’s forgiveness. Pinocchio and his Dad lead the authorities to Wolf, Cat and Dulcamara, and the bad guys are run out of town. As Pinocchio resolves to always tell the truth and share his problems with trusted grownups, he and his father head home to repair Olympia and begin life anew as a family of three.