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Wild Swan kicks off 40th season

Review September 03, 2019 David Kiley

ANN ARBOR – Wild Swan Theater opens its 40th 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 Megan VanArsdalan (Paula).  David Mosher brings live musical accompaniment for the production with his mandolin and various percussion instruments.  American Sign Language shadow interpreting is also provided. 

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.

Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional children’s theater of the highest artistic quality and to making that theater accessible to all families through low ticket prices and innovative outreach programs.  For more information about the company, its current season, touring programs and drama classes and camps, visit the Wild Swan website at www.wildswantheater.org.  For interviews, contact Patricia Kowalski at (734) 995-0530. 



Strega Nona has a way with noodles; she can summon them from her pot with just the right magic words.  Big Anthony tries hard to help, but he forgets to listen, causing the streets of their small Italian village to fill with pasta.


Thursday, October 24, 10:00 am

Friday, October 25, 10:00 am and 12:30 pm

Saturday, October 26, 11:00 am 

Tickets:  $12 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more; $3 lap passes available for patrons under 2 years of age.

Purchase and Information:  (734) 995-0530 or www.wildswantheater.org

Accessibility reservations: (734) 995-0530

            Wheelchair seating

            American Sign Language Interpreting

            Audio-Description and Backstage Touch Tours

All performances at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College. 

Week of 9/19/2022

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