The Pinocchio who will walk onstage next week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, just a few miles away from Disneyland, isn't for the fainthearted.
Costa Mesa resident Luke Yellin will perform as the wooden puppet in "Shrek the Musical," but his Pinocchio is a far cry from the docile, naïve wooden puppet of cartoon fame.
"Cheated by a fox, swallowed by a whale," yet still believing he is a real boy, Pinocchio lives in denial through much of the show.
The kid-friendly musical version of "Shrek," based on the wildly popular 2001 DreamWorks film and a 1990 book of the same name, tells the story of a flatulent ogre with a good heart, a princess with a mean judo chop, a vertically challenged would-be prince, a wise-cracking donkey and an assortment of evicted fairy-tale creatures.
The musical delves into the back stories of the characters, making it an addition to the "Shrek" series rather than a revamping of the first film.