What you'll have is that most magical Italian entree "Pinocchio."
A feast for the eyes as well as the ears, William R. Dixon's musical adaptation of "Pinocchio" will be served up nightly by Junior University Musical Theater for its 51st season of summer offerings.
The fun starts Friday and runs daily except Mondays, through Aug. 3 at Roosevelt Bowl in Perris Hill Park.
On stage there, you'll find a secluded olive grove in the Italian village of Collodi. Nestled in the trees are gypsy wagons lit with flickering gas lights.
"Everything about this production experience is special," says director Geri Marquez, "It's a heart-warming and touching story. The music, elaborate set and artistic details are amazing."
Marquez has more than 22 years of teaching experience at Terrace View Elementary School, a visual and performing arts magnet school in Grand Terrace. She has choreographed more than 20 productions throughout the Inland Empire and has been recognized by the Inland Theatre League for both her directing and choreography.
San Bernardino native Stephanie Smith plays the lead role of Pinocchio, with Kingsley Malang as the kindly Geppetto, who wishes the wooden puppet would become a real boy.
There's magic afoot in Geppetto's workshop.
Junior University's traditional flair for special effects won't disappoint those who love the classic novel by Carlo Collodi. The Blue Fairy actually flies; and Pinocchio's nose grows each time he stretches the truth.
Technical director Paul Reed is now in his 41st year of involvement with the youth theater.
"When you go to see any William R. Dixon show, you have everything -- music, performances, magic," Reed said. "In this production, you have a show within a show, a magical journey back in time."
This year's 74-member cast is youthful -- ranging from 9 to 30-something.
For five decades, the nonprofit theater group has dedicated itself to exposing San Bernardino-area youths to professional quality theater, with at least one play each year since 1962, attracting about 12,000 spectators annually.
"Pinocchio" features an original musical score by William R. Dixon, performed by the 26-piece Junior University Orchestra.