Mt. Pleasant teen to take the Palace stage in 'Pinocchio'
Mt. Pleasant Area High School junior Ben Pimental is making his way through the local acting circuits and will take the stage in his first professional show with Stage Right in Greensburg.
The 15-year-old will take on the role of ringleader in two performances of the show “My Son Pinocchio: Gepetto's Musical Tale,” which will be presented Friday through Sunday at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Pimental is a student with Stage Right, taking advanced acting and musical theater workshop.
He played the role of Anthony in Stage Right's production of “Sweeney Todd” over the summer, but this is his first professional show with Stage Right.
“I recently started taking classes at Stage Right and they approached me about auditioning for the show,” said Pimental. “I like that this is the first professional show that I get to do with a group of my friends.”
Pinochio Director Tony Marino said that although Pimental is fairly new to Stage Right, “we recognized right away he should be here. He's a tremendously talented kid who wants to do this forever. One of the things our school for the performing Arts does is help kids like Ben achieve their dreams.”
But the show hasn't been without challenges for Pimental, who recently suffered a head injury and has had to work around the side effects from it.
Marino commented on Pimental's work ethic and said there are big things for him in the future.
“He's already the epitome of the show must go on — like his mom has remarked — the concussion seems to disappear when rehearsal starts,” he said.
Pimental will be the Ringleader in the Friday and Saturday productions and will take part in the ensemble, as well.
“I enjoy playing an antagonistic role for a change,” he said.
Marino added that Pimental is perfect for the part, which is a very physical role, because of his athleticism.
The show is a musical retelling of the classic Disney movie “Pinocchio,” featuring music from the movie as well as a score by Stephen Schwartz.
Marino said he's always searching for new titles, ones that are family oriented and good for Stage Right audiences.
Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $22 for adults on the floor and loge and $18 in the balcony. Student prices are $18 on the floor or loge and $15 in the balcony.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Westmoreland County gets the word out about drug problem
- State grant to aid Excela plans for orthopedic center in Hempfield
- Blaze ravages South Huntingdon home
- Penn Township sues to get blighted property cleaned
- Baggaley school principal seeks volunteers to build playground
- Unity zoning board OKs cellphone tower project
- St. Pius to host church festival on Sunday
- Entrapment, injury reported in Derry Township accident
- Fayette City man shoots himself before police could take him into custody
- Derry Township assault suspect arrested
- No foul play ruled in Westmoreland County train death