Vashon Dance Academy Performs Pinocchio


Vashon, WA-Dance! Vashon will present its annual performance featuring Vashon Dance Academy’s dancers June 1-3. This year’s show is Pinocchio, the Italian folktale that follows Gepetto and his young puppet on a wild adventure through truth, lies and dreams.

Jiminy Cricket, a lead role danced alternately by Isa Sanson-Frey and Lyla Mildon, opens the show with her group of little crickets, danced by the Academy’s youngest group of dancers from the Creative Movement class. Modern, ballet and hip hop numbers follow, gathering together a cast of dolls, puppets and a mischievous pair of friends, the Fox (danced by Caitlin Jeffcoat and Gwynne Valencia) and the Cat (danced by Jules Vanselow and Hannah Spranger). Twists and turns abound until a deep dive into the sea, where Gepetto is reunited with Pinocchio.

In this cast, Gepetto and Pinocchio are already quite close, as this year they are danced by Gerrit von Roekel and his real life dad. Other notable roles include the Blue Fairy, danced by Sophie Blasingim, and the evil puppet mistress Strombolina, danced by Aiden Rees and Talia Spurlock. Aiden and Talia also share the role of Evil McDiva. Over 100 dancers comprise the full cast, including several dancing dads, who add to the fun of the show each year. Additional parent volunteers have been hard at work crafting dramatic set pieces, costumes and makeup design over the past few months.

Artistic Director Cheryl Krown, who has been leading rehearsals along with Co-Director Julie Gibson and instructors Christine Nelson and Randy Ford since February felt this particular show was the best vehicle to showcase this year’s dancers. She looks forward to a show that she says, “rewards telling the truth and shows us the consequences of lying.”
The show will open June 1 at Vashon High School at 7:30pm. Additional shows are Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:30, and Sunday at 1:30pm. Tickets are available at Vashon Bookshop as well as at the door and will be $16 for adults and $12 for students.