Razz-Ma-Tazz Family Theater presents Pinocchio

Betsy Allen
435th Services Squadron

***image1***It’s no lie – the Razz-Ma-Tazz Family Theater will present a classic children’s tale about a wooden puppet on his way to becoming a real boy March 26 to 28 and April 2 to 4 at the Ramstein Community Center.
Pinocchio is an interactive, musical comedy with humor for adults and children, said Paula Fairbrother, Razz-Ma-Tazz producer and director.
“I am so excited about this production. This cast is just phenomenal. The show will be the best hour you’ve spent in a long time,” said Ms. Fairbrother.
The cast is one of the largest in Razz-Ma-Tazz’s five-year history. Twelve cast members and 10 technical crew members volunteer their time and talents to make this event a success.
For people who would like to become an actor, Ms. Fairbrother looks for diversity and invites servicemembers, family members and local nationals to participate if they are interested. “Our volunteers are the best. We couldn’t do it without them,” she said.
With two to three productions a year, community members have many chances to get involved. Shows take place late March to early April and late September to early October. Auditions begin at least eight weeks before show dates.
The director leads the crew through rehearsals three nights per week for three hours starting with warm-ups and discussion of techniques and prior rehearsals.
These crew members participate for the love of theater and the desire to provide quality theater arts for the community. Their love of theater shows through their interactions, rehearsals and, ultimately, their performances, said Ms. Fairbrother.
Over the years, Razz-Ma-Tazz won many awards in the U.S. Army Europe Tournament of Plays. Just last year, this family theater group was nominated in almost every category and brought home three awards, including a Best Actor award for Senior Airman Phillip Wentz, Vehicle Registration Specialist, 435th Security Forces Squadron, who is also this year’s Pinocchio.
U.S. Army Europe will also be considering Pinocchio for entry in the 2004 Tournament of Plays.
Shows begin at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday or 2 or 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $4 per person and can be purchased at the Ramstein Community Center or by calling 480-6600.