Nazareth brings award-winning national children's theatre to Rochester in the presentation of Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona The Musical at the Arts Center (4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY) on November 6 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets to this magical performance, based on the Caldecott winning books by Tomie dePaola, are $12-17. Tickets may be purchased online at boxoffice.naz.edu or from the box office at 585-389-2170. Box-office hours are 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Aside from the public performances of Strega Nona The Musical on November 6, the Nazareth College Arts Center School Performance Series will present additional performances on November 4 and 5 to over 2,200 students from area districts including Gates-Chili, Leroy, Romulus, Greece, Sodus, Canandaigua, Waterloo, Spencerport, Palmyra-Macedon, Mt. Morris, Pittsford, Webster and Fairport. Over 25,000 youth attend performances at the Nazareth College Arts Center each season.
On October 20, Maximum Productions launched its national tour of Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona - bringing the delightful story and fresh, original score to audiences across the nation. Under the direction of Tracy Ward, with choreography by Nicole MaGann, and a "pop-up book inspired" set design by Andrea Bechert, the magic of each song brings new life to audiences that have grown up reading the legendary stories of Tomie dePaola and to new audiences alike.
Strega Nona The Musical is the fusion of three of Tomie dePaola's cherished books: Strega Nona, Strega Nona Her Story and Big Anthony and the Magic Ring. Thomas Olson and Roberta Carlson's theatrical adaptation of dePaola's Strega Nona stories was originally developed as a touring production for the renowned Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis during their 1986-87 Season. This lively musical about a magical Italian grandmother and her mischievous apprentice boasts a score by Aron Accurso, an award-winning member of the famed BMI Lehman Musical Theatre Workshop in New York. Throughout the creation of the musical as well as its rehearsal process, Tomie dePaola was involved in giving creative color and inspiration to the story's evolvement.
Strega Nona The Musical tour stops include 49 cities across the United States from Santa Rosa, California to New York City, New York. After opening at the Wells Faro Center for the
Performing Arts, the tour will hit dozens more stops across the country including Albuquerque, New Mexico; Boston, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; Trenton, New Jersey; East Lansing, Michigan: Memphis, Tennessee; and Brooklyn, New York.