St. Pete Opera will invite 800 third graders to special performances of its new ‘Pinocchio’ production

The public gets four chances to see it starting Nov. 13.

click to enlarge St. Pete Opera will invite 800 third graders to special performances of its new ‘Pinocchio’ production

Thanks to St. Petersburg Opera Company, and Pinellas County Schools, more than 800 third graders will get to see special morning performances of “Pinocchio.”

“We believe that introducing young people to our unique form of musical storytelling both entertains them as well as stimulates their creative curiosity, thus planting a seed that will grow the next generation of opera lovers,” the company wrote in a press release.

Last week, St. Pete Opera members visited some of those kids at their schools to introduce them to opera, etiquette for going to the opera. The kids also listened to—and participated in—a few arias from “Pinocchio.”

Everyone knows that classic story about a wooden puppet trying to become a real boy; this adaptation includes a mechanical doll named Olympia. St. Pete’s operatic version also has Maestro Mark Sforzini conducting a chamber orchestra for the hour-long performance.

The public gets four chances to see St. Petersburg Opera Co.’s “Pinocchio” starting next week at the company’s headquarters, Opera Central (2145 1st Ave S).

  • Saturday, Nov. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Nov. 14 (3 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 20 (3 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Nov. 21 (3 p.m.)

Adult tickets are $15 and anyone under 18 is $5. For more information go to,

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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