Thursday, July 7, 2011

Children's Theater Festival

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?


Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, this sounds like such a wonderful collection of shows! I love seeing fairytales brought to life! :)

Gaspegirl said...

What a great opportunity ... we love theatre, the whole family.

Thanks for the encouragement on my blog today... I hope you are right and that it gets easier, but if it doesn't I will have to change my schedule back to evening runs.

Make it a great day!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blog.

I agree with you, "Sleeping Beauty" was designed to be a visual show. Have a great time attending the remaining ones.

Also loved the video on Aelita.

Carrie said...

Just wanted to say thanks for stopping over to visit my blog. And... living "amid the olive trees" would actually be a dream come true for me. How wonderful you get to live it out!