Cast Selected for Performance of Pinocchio at Heritage Center

Jan 22, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque Heritage Center is pleased to announce the cast of over 50 local youth who will perform Missoula Children’s Theatre’s original musical adaptation of Pinocchio on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center. The performances will be the culmination of a week-long rehearsal with MCT’s touring company.

Here is the local cast, who auditioned on Monday:

Pinocchio – Rachel Blanken, seventh grade, Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School

Jiminy Cricket – Joelle Haven, sixth grade, East Dubuque Elementary School

Blue Fairy – Lauryn McManus, seventh grade, homeschool

Fox – Calvin Blum, sixth grade, Drexler Middle School

Cat – Kendall Siebels, seventh grade, Monticello Middle School

Candlewick – Abigail Moubry, fourth grade, Briggs Elementary School

Candlewick’s Crew – Randen McManus, fifth grade, homeschool; Dylan Muilenburg, fifth grade, Irving Elementary School; Evangeline Phelps, sixth grade, homeschool; Andrew Richardson, fifth grade, Galena Middle School; Haley Winner, sixth grade, Roosevelt Middle School; Lucy Wintermote, fourth grade, Irving Elementary School

Urchins – Mira Brock, seventh grade, Washington Middle School; Alexandria Caughron, eighth grade, Bellevue Community Middle School; Christopher DeMotta, sixth grade, East Dubuque Elementary School; Samuel Haug, fifth grade, Eisenhower Elementary School; Berkley Hicks, fourth grade, Kennedy Elementary School; Ashton Hockett, seventh grade, Roosevelt Middle School; Harper Jackson, eighth grade, East Dubuque Junior High School; Rory Jackson, seventh grade, East Dubuque Junior High School; Haleigh Northhouse, eighth grade, Washington Middle School; Mia Riches, seventh grade, Monticello Middle School

Harlequin – Olivia Josvanger, seventh grade, Roosevelt Middle School

Columbine – Sidney Helmer, fifth grade, Resurrection Elementary School

Scaramouche – Ashlyn Tierney, fourth grade, East Dubuque Elementary School

Stromboli – Reagan Russell, 12th grade, Shullsburg High School

Pleasure Island Kids - Xander Burbach, third grade, Our Lady of Guadalupe; Kate Danielson, eighth grade, Roosevelt Middle School; Melanie Garrett-Douillet, third grade, Eisenhower Elementary School; Carter Hein, fourth grade, Resurrection Elementary School; Stella Houselog, fourth grade, Carver Elementary School; Ginny James, fourth grade, Irving Elementary School; Charlee Kaiser, fourth grade, Holy Ghost Immaculate Conception School; Keira Moore, third grade, Peosta Elementary School; Ashley Nank, fifth grade, Kennedy Elementary School; Maggie Pape, third grade, St. Columbkille Elementary School; Bella Peters, second grade, Westview Elementary School; Rihanna Peters, second grade, Westview Elementary School; Hadley Peterson, first grade, St. Columbkille Elementary School; Tia Peterson, second grade, St. Columbkille Elementary School; Atticus Phelps, third grade, homeschool

Toys - Zoe Burbach, first grade, Our Lady of Guadalupe; Lauren Foley, second grade, St. Columbkille Elementary School; Ian Hinderman, third grade, East Dubuque Elementary School; Liberty Leifker, second grade, Our Lady of Guadalupe; Elliot Monkton, second grade, Irving Elementary School; Jordan Noel, second grade, Hoover Elementary School; Landon Noel, kindergarten, Hoover Elementary School; Deakon Siebels, first grade, Shannon Elementary School; Hugo Stanton, kindergarten, homeschool; Oliver Stanton, second grade, homeschool

Assistant Director – Colin Quintana, fifth grade, Irving Elementary School

UD students Pablo Garcia and Maggie Lewandowski will also serve as assistant directors. The local cast will appear alongside Kamlin EF Cox, a MCT professional actor who will portray Geppetto. Charlotte Von Adler, also with MCT, is the show’s director.

WHAT:            Pinocchio, Live at Heritage Center Family Series

WHEN:            10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

TICKETS:        General Public: $15; Alumni, Military, and Veterans: $13; Children and Students: $9; Children 3 and Under: $4 lap seat available with purchase of an adult ticket

The charming tale of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who longed to become a real, live boy, will come to life when more than 50 local students perform MCT’s original, musical adaptation of this classic tale. In Pinocchio, Geppetto fashions a puppet in the image of a small boy. As the lonely and kind woodcarver works far into the night, he is not aware the wood under his chisel came from the trunk of an enchanted tree. But the Blue Fairy, who watches from afar, knows and gives that puppet the gift of life. Join Pinocchio on his adventures as he learns there are no shortcuts on the road to becoming a real, live boy.

The performance is approximately 60 minutes in length. There will be an opportunity to meet performers in the lobby following the show.

A Family 4-Pack is available, which admits two adults and two children to the performance for $29.

Special event support provided by the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department.

Tickets for Pinocchio can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at