KENT, Wash. - May 12, 2005 - Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department and the Kent Arts Commission are proud to bring Missoula Children's Theatre back to Kent for another great residency, an original adaptation of one of the most beloved of all children's stories, "Pinocchio". Join Pinocchio as he dances with Geppetto's charming toys, travels to Pleasure Isle with Candlewick and his Crew and is swindled by the unsavory Fox and Cat. After escaping the clutches of the evil puppet master, Stomboli, Pinocchio finds himself in trouble once more- this time swallowed by a monstrous whale! As Gepetto and his friends the Urchins spin their magical tale, we learn with Pinocchio that there are no shortcuts on the road to becoming a real, live boy.

Open auditions will be held for Missoula Children's Theatre's production of "Pinocchio", on Monday, July 18, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Kent Commons, 525 4th Ave. North, Kent. Aspiring actors ages 5-18 are invited to audition and should arrive at 10:00 am and stay the entire two hours. No advance preparation or experience is necessary, just a burning desire to perform! Those selected to cast (approximately 50-60 roles) will pay a $45 registration fee and must be available for rehearsals July 18-23, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm and present two public performances.

After less than a week of intensive rehearsals, the local cast will put on two performances of "Pinocchio" on Saturday, July 23, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, 10020 SE 256th St. in Kent. Tickets are $5 for adults and children and are available at Kent Commons, 525 4th Ave. North, charge by phone during business hours at (253) 856-5050 and at the door if seats remain.