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Pasta, pasta everywhere in 'Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona'

“Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona,” will be performed by The Phipps Children’s Theater Oct. 5-14. Pictured left to right are Heather Derrick as Bambolona, Malena Siskow as a villager, Ella Thomsen as Strega Nona, Madelyn Evans and Addie McCabe as villagers, and in the back row, Max Steiner as Big Anthony. Submitted photo

"Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona," adapted for the stage by Thomas W. Olson, based on the books by dePaola, with music composed and orchestrated by Roberta Carlson, with additional orchestrations by Thomas Charles Speltz, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater Oct. 5-14 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

"Buon Giorno," sing the villagers in the quaint town of Paola, Italy. The mayor and villagers open the show with a tribute to their town's wise old grandma, Strega Nona. It is a happy town, but they still have the usual troubles. Nevertheless, there are no worries, Strega Nona will magically find a cure.

Young Bambolona, the baker's daughter, is tired of all the work she is asked to do and wants to learn how to do magic like Strega Nona. All is good until Big Anthony eavesdrops on the magic lessons and attempts his own magic. People are turned into toads, Anthony turns himself into a handsome stranger, and pasta overflows the town.

Lindsay Redman directs a cast of talented young actors in grades 7-9. She is excited to return to the center after staging "Goldilocks and the Three Pigs," "Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook," and "Mother Goosed" for The Phipps Children's Theater.

"'Strega Nona' is a fun, upbeat musical based on the classic children's books by Tomie DePaola," Redman said. "This cast has worked so hard to bring these characters to life, learning traditional Italian dances; fun, stylized music; and many Italian words. I am molto — very — proud of the work these kids have put into making this show so great."

Tickets are $14 for children and $19 for adults for this production in the Black Box Theater. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by calling The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or by going to ThePhipps.org.

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