British Peppa Pig and family stop at The Oakdale for the pre-school crowd
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
If journalist-turned-actor Evan Michael Pinsonnault had a dollar for every time he has uttered those memorable words — “oink, oink” — on stage, he would surely be a rich man.
Pinsonnault plays Peppa Pig’s Daddy, as well as Mr. Bull and Danny Dog, in the touring stage production of “Peppa Pig’s Surprise,” which comes to the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford for two performances on Saturday, Oct. 7. And he couldn’t be more delighted.
The stage show, as Pinsonnault pointed out in a recent chat, is based on on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated TV series, airing on Nick Jr. Although Peppa might not be on the cover of Time or People on a regular basis, she is a mega-star with the preschool set and frequently sells out tours here, in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Peppa, about 5, her brother George, 2, (who is rarely without his Mr. Dinosaur) and Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig are British. (Thankfully, all the actors in the show speak with appropriate accents, Pinsonnault confides, so as not to disappoint fans.)
As fans know (and in the spirit of full disclosure, I am one), Peppa and family live on a hill in a sweet little house. Their world is full of love for family and friends. Peppa’s best friend is Suzy Sheep, who sometimes likes to play nurse. Politeness rules and kindness triumphs. Simply put, it’s a place where many of us would love to live. There are always a few “bumps in the road,” of course, but they tend to smooth over without much grief, Pinsonnault said.
According to the tour, in “Peppa Pig’s Surprise,” it’s a “lovely day and ... Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother.” But neither can guess the surprise: a trip to the seashore.
Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford. Saturday, Oct. 7, 1 and 5 p.m. $119 (VIP with meet and greet)-$28. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com
Pinsonnault, who notes he grew up in the “beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts,” said he has had a love affair with the arts since childhood when he made frequent family trips to the nearby Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company and Barrington Stage. After graduating from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in political science and theater, he went on to receive a master’s degree in broadcasting and communications from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.
“I’ve always been interested in storytelling, whether as an actor or journalist. When I was in TV, I moonlighted in community and regional theater. Now that I’m in theater, I moonlight as a journalist with an arts blog,” he said.
Pinsonnault recently moved to Los Angeles, where his fiancee was recently transferred.
“When this opportunity came up, I couldn’t have been more delighted. It’s reignited my passion for storytelling. Without a doubt, this is one of the most satisfying jobs I’ve ever had. It’s an instant cure-all for me when I walk on stage, no matter what I’m feeling. To see the laughter and smiles is pure joy.”
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