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‘Pinocchio’ opens Pipino series

National Marionette Theatre’s production of “Pinocchio” will open the 2019-20 Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series.

This is the second year for the series, which is funded by Christine and Edward Muransky at Youngstown State University and created in honor of Christine’s father.

The National Marionette Theatre is one of the oldest continually running marionette theaters in the United States. Founded in 1967, this award-winning company’s productions have entertained international audiences for more than half a century.

The company specializes in adaptations of popular stories using marionettes as the performance medium and travels with a fully self-contained theater complete with its own lighting and sound systems. The troupe has won numerous awards, including the 2004 Unima Citation of Excellence for “Beauty and the Beast” and the 1975 UNIMA Citation of Excellence for “Art of the Puppeteer,” the first U.S. marionette company to win this prize.

Performances are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater. Geared to families, this performance is part of YSU’s Homecoming activities and will feature appearances by President Jim Tressel and Pete the Penguin.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children up to age 18 and free for YSU students with a valid ID. Tickets are available online at www.ysu.tix.com and by calling 330-941-3105.

Other programs included in the 2019-20 Pipino series are:

l Nov. 8 — The Rhythm Method String Quartet at Butler North at 7:30 p.m.

l Jan. 24, 2020 — American Brass Quintet at DeYor Performing Arts Center’s Ford Family Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

l Feb. 12, 2020 — Dance Theatre of Harlem at DeYor Performing Arts Center’s Powers Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

l March 31 and April 1 — Good Humor Radio Hour at Youngstown Playhouse at 7 p.m.

l April 21, 2020 — Ekmeles vocal ensemble at McDonough Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m.

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