Ladies and gentlemen !
Our performance is about to begin and you will find yourselves in an extraordinary country where the most incredible and fantastic things happen. There the people, without realizing it, have become puppets- not of their own will, of course. Their souls have been possessed by the evil magician, Karabas, who dreams of turning the world into a huge theatre and of becoming its producer-dictator.
The Good Fairy prevents Karabas from carrying out his wicked plan. She helps the boisterous wooden doll, Pinocchio, to acquire a live, human soul. The mischievous, fidgety, inquisitive Pinocchio creates a lot of trouble for Karabas and, in the end, undermines all his crafty plans. Before this, however, he has to endure one astonishing adventure after another due to his incautious trust in his new “friends”, Basilio, the cat, and Alice, the fox, who are Karabas minions.
Falling under their bad influence, Pinocchio gives up learning the alphabet and runs away from home. Many misfortunes befall him in the big, wide world. He finds himself at the bottom of the sea and is almost captured by the pirates. He becomes the leader of fighting donkeys and his himself turned into a donkey.
Beaten up and humiliated, he is made to entertain the public in Karabas’s circus. And, finally, lie, becomes one of the puppets in the evil magician’s theatre.
But the villain’s triumph is premature, for as even as a puppet, Pinocchio retains his live, compassionate heart, and is protected by the Good Fairy and his good friends.
Pinocchio accomplishes a marvellous deed - as a result of which Giuseppe- the organ grinder- manages to avoid execution, everyone is freed from Karabas’ dictatorship, and the wooden puppet himself is transformed into a little boy.
But to find out what this marvellous deed was, you will have to wait till the end of the show.
Reality is unyielding. The return to the habitat of insanity is miserable. The circle closes in; but the world created by imagination is indestructible.