Adapted for the stage by Thomas W. Olson, based on the books by Tomie de Paula, with music composed and orchestrated by Roberta Carlson, with additional orchestrations by Thomas Charles Speltz
Tuesday and Thursday
August 14 & 16
6 – 8 p.m.
This show is a fun, upbeat musical based on the characters in the popular children’s book. Strega Nona, the beloved “Grandma Witch” of Calabria, needs help so she hires the first person to apply: Big Anthony, a tall, clumsy new guy in town. Bambolona, the Baker’s daughter is fed up with doing all the work at the bakery, so she leaves and convinces Strega Nona to teach her magic. Big Anthony wants to learn magic, too, and when he’s told no, he gets mad and tries to learn it by eavesdropping. “‘Be careful what you wish for’ is the lesson in this entertaining musical,” according to the DC Theatre Scene.
Students auditioning should prepare one minute of any song and come dressed to move. Lindsay Fitzgerald, the director, says “This should be a fun, worry-free audition process.” Those auditioning should also bring a list of all conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period, which is extremely important to the director and the success of the show.
Rehearsals will be held 3-4 times a week, with some weekend dates. Performances will be given October 5 – 14 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.
There will be a $40 performance fee for each actor selected, which is due at the first rehearsal/parents meeting. Scholarships are available, if needed.
Fitzgerald graduated from St. Could State University with a degree in directing. She staged Goldilocks and the Three Pigs, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, and Mother Goosed for the Phipps Children’s Theater. She has been teaching and directing around the Twin Cities area working with carious companies, including Ashland Productions, Project Success, and Elision Theatre, for which she is the director.
Those unable to attend the audition times available may email the director.
For further information, contact the Phipps Center at 715-386-2305.