Pinocchio danced on strings pulled by his father, Geppetto. Dr. Dolittle talked to the animals and the audience for a few brief hours Thursday, the coronavirus disappeared and a fantasy world emerged at Dwyer Memorial Park in Preble.
“Stories in the Park” drew guests to drive a loop around the park to see characters and backdrops and interact with a new world.
The production — hosted by the Cortland Repertory Theatre in conjunction with SUNY Cortland’s musical theatre department, the Cortland Youth Bureau and the Cortland Performing Arts Institute — was a way to keep theater alive during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Ingrid Fox, a member of the theater.
Fox, as Mother Goose — a role that seems vaguely ironic — greeted guests next to Rob Lescarbeau as the Wizard of Oz.
“This is showing art has a vital place in society,” Lescarbeau said, noting that art doesn’t get stopped just because of the conditions COVID-19 has created.
The event continues today with two time slots: 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
No tickets need to be purchased, although a $5 donation is suggested upon entry to the park.