Every summer a local theater group, Teatrermitage, sponsors a week-long children's theater festival called Ti Fiabo e Ti Racconto (difficult to translate, but something like "I'll Tell You a Fairy Tale"). We have been faithful attenders for the past eight years. The first three days of the program, called Le Strade Che Ridono (The Laughing Streets) features free shows held in the streets and piazzas around town. Then there are seven days of nightly performances held in an amphitheater.
In the Laughing Streets part of the event, my younger son participated in a "dinner theater" where cooks prepared various dishes related to stories read aloud by an actor, and the children got to sample everything!
Of the main events we have seen Jack and the Beanstalk, La Freccia Azzurra (The Blue Arrow) and Sleeping Beauty. At the end of the week awards will be given to the best show and best actor or actress.
Last night we saw a gorgeous production of Sleeping Beauty. The stage set was unique and versatile and the costumes were breathtaking. We all had a hard time following the dialogue (extremely fast bordering on incomprehensible), but decided that it was meant to be primarily a visual show. Here are a few rather out-of-focus photos taken on my smart phone . . .
This was our favorite so far, but with two more shows to go - who knows what surprises are in store for us?