Still on the hunt for the perfect piece of wood from which to carve his little Pinocchio, Geppetto went out on a limb today to size up the paring potential of Perth Theatre's Caring Christmas Tree.
Geppetto (Liam Brennan) who appears in Pinocchio, Perth Theatre's magical Christmas musical from Friday 4 December, took the measure of the tree as it was being delivered to the theatre.
This year, Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, has sourced its Christmas trees from Caring Christmas Trees, a registered charity which channels all profits from the sale of the trees into local causes.
Money raised from the sale of Caring Christmas Trees in Perthshire and Tayside goes to Gowrie Care Ltd to help them with their work in supporting vulnerable people in the area including people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, autism or who have been homeless.
Damian McGowan, managing director of Gowrie Care Ltd said:
"We are delighted with the support we are gaining for Caring Christmas Trees this year. The campaign really will make a huge difference to a number of people. When you buy a Caring Christmas Tree you are creating opportunities for the people we support. With the extra money raised, we can send people on training courses, decorate their homes, reunite them with families and lots more. This is your opportunity to give something back this Christmas.
"We would like to thank Horsecross Arts for supporting and promoting our campaign. Support from local organisations is essential to the success of Caring Christmas Trees."
It will come as a ‘releaf' to seasonal visitors to the Fair City venue that Geppetto ruled out the Fraser fir out for his own project, so he has branched off to carry on with his search, and the tree will adorn Perth Theatre for the duration of the festive period.
Caring Christmas Trees can be found online at http://www.caringchristmastrees.com/ or by phone on 0845 111 8733.
Pinocchio runs at Perth Theatre from Friday 4 December until Saturday 2 January. Call Horsecross Box Office on 01738 621 031, or click here for full details on performance times and prices.