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Wild Swan opens 38th season of children’s theater October 19

Preview September 13, 2017 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR—Wild Swan Theater opens its 38th season with the humorous children’s tale, Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot. The nationally recognized, award-winning company has created an original version of this traditional tale sure to please children and their families.

Geared toward young children ages 3 through 9, the story of Strega Nona is a beloved Italian folktale. Strega Nona has a magical pasta pot that only she can control. Silliness ensues when Big Anthony does not listen to her, causing the streets of their small Italian village to fill with pasta.

Hilary Cohen appears as Strega Nona with Wild Swan actors Sandy Ryder (Big Anthony) and Michelle Trame Lanzi (Paula). David Mosher brings live musical accompaniment for the production with his mandolin and various percussion instruments. American Sign Language interpreting is provided by Synergy on Stage.

Renowned artist Chris Roberts Antieau has designed the sets, costumes and props for the production. Many theatergoers will know Ms. Roberts Antieau’s work from the Ann Arbor Art Fair or from local galleries where her prints and paintings are displayed.

Backstage touch tours and audio-description are available for blind theater patrons. These services are free but must be reserved in advance by calling (734) 995-0530.

Performances are Thursday, October 19, 10:00 am, Friday, October 20, 10:00 am and 12:30 pm and Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more; $3 lap passes available for patrons under 2 years of age. To purchase tickets and for more information, call (734) 995-0530 or visit www.wildswantheater.org.