Below are portraits of the Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) students who are performing in their adaptation of Pinocchio. The portraits were done in the school’s drama classroom*. Prints were on display in the ArtSpring Theatre lobby during the performances.
The show runs three nights, April 19 to 21. Tickets are available at ArtSpring. Since the GISPA annual year end shows sell out, it’s a good idea to get your tickets in advance.
Here’s the press release:
The Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) proudly presents Pinocchio. Adapted from Carlo Collodi’s story of the same name, Pinocchio upholds GISPA’s signature fusion of music, dance, and theatre with a truthful telling of the once very ‘disneyfied’ tale. Featuring unique choreography, composition and ensemble acting — Pinocchio is not to be missed.
The talented GISPA students have collectively created, composed, choreographed and developed Pinocchio under the direction of Bruce Smith (music), Sonia Langer (dance) and Jason Donaldson (theatre). Join Pinocchio as he travels through forest and sea, meeting hilariously absurd characters and feathered friends, and reminds everyone how easy it is to get caught in your own strings.
* Jason Donaldson kindly moved out of his classroom for two days so I could move my studio in. It was a hectic, but totally enjoyable two days thanks to the volunteer organizer (thanks Catelyn!) and to the energy and preparation of the GISPA students. I donated the photography, processing time, prints and lobby display. Students also have screen and print resolution digital copies of their portrait.
I applaud—as always—the dedication of the three intrepid instructors: Sonia, Bruce and Jason. And I’m proud to do what I can to help support this outstanding educational program, and this particular group of awesome ‘kids’. –John Cameron