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Photo feature: Locals perform operatic rendition of Pinocchio

Cast members, from right, Jonathan Hill, playing Pinocchio, Sophia Benedetti, playing the doll, Julie Silva, playing the cat, and Jonathan Dauermann, playing the wolf, perform an operatic rendition of Pinocchio as a part of the Natchez Festival of Music’s Children’s Outreach Program at the Braden School auditorium. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Cast members, from right, Jonathan Hill, playing Pinocchio, Sophia Benedetti, playing the doll, Julie Silva, playing the cat, and Jonathan Dauermann, playing the wolf, perform an operatic rendition of Pinocchio as a part of the Natchez Festival of Music’s Children’s Outreach Program at the Braden School auditorium. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Trinity Episcopal School second-grade students ZaMya Rankin and Miyah Parker laugh with Becky Stephens during the play. The goal of the performance was to entertain the children, but also expose them to a type of performance many have never seen. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Trinity Episcopal School second-grade students ZaMya Rankin and Miyah Parker laugh with Becky Stephens during the play. The goal of the performance was to entertain the children, but also expose them to a type of performance many have never seen. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Jonathan Hill plays Pinocchio in a production of the iconic fable. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Jonathan Hill plays Pinocchio in a production of the iconic fable. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)