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    The Gruffalo

    Gruffalò certainly needs no introduction. The character created by Julia Donaldson is Axel Scheffler the protagonist of the publications of the same name is now appreciated and known by thousands of children and parents all over the world thanks to the translations made in over 30 languages.

    From here to the stages of the theater it was a short step: there are in fact numerous transpositions for the theater of these texts.

    Therefore, The Gruffalò has become the protagonist of important theatrical productions. The tours have touched: England, Ireland, United States, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Israel with great public success. However, these shows have never been represented in our country. Aida Foundation has therefore decided to take up the challenge to propose it its own original version . While remaining faithful to the texts and iconography of the original illustrations, an entirely new musical show has been created. The goal is to bring the squares to the largest Italian squares.


    To do this, the Aida Foundation can count on a consolidated and established network of collaborations: Santa Chiara Cultural Services Center , the Stable Theater of Veneto and the BSMT – Bernstein School of Musical in Bologna. The artistic experience in the field of family shows of Pino Costalunga and Manuel Renga that we intend to activate was also of great importance.

    Thanks to this intense work, the production of the new show The Gruffalò, scheduled for 2020, will once again be appreciated by our young audience and will result in an entertaining and at the same time educational show.

    Plot and notes by the playwright Pino Costalunga

    What are four young friends doing in a forest? They go to clean it up, you might say, since you see them at the beginning of the play just as they are doing it. But we have the doubt that they are going there to spend a few days and, above all, a few nights, camped out in a tent, waiting for the most beautiful moment of the day, when, around a fire, they will tell stories of fear. And what could be better than a forest at night for a good scary story?

    They will tell the story of a little mouse who, hungry, decides to go through the leafy forest full of pitfalls to find the acorn he likes so much. On the way, he meets three ugly mice who want to eat him: a fox, an owl and a snake. But the clever little mouse is shrewd in his thinking and knows just how to get by. With the help of his great imagination, he finds a solution that no one can imagine, not even himself, perhaps: a terrible monster whose name is well known to children: THE GRUFFALÒ.

    We will leave the delightful rhymes of the English writer intact and the actors will wear fantastic costumes that are based on the wonderful illustrations of the German designer. Children will easily recognize that text and will also enjoy the funny and original songs written especially for the show. The comic and mimic situations, as well as the dances, enrich the original tale.

    Perhaps some of the audience will leave the show wondering if that frightening monster really exists. Of course that monster exists in our story, but it is a monster that makes us laugh and he exists just to tell the children: “use your imagination, your intelligence and even a wild and leafy forest can become a place where it is fun to live”, at least for some time, at least for the time of childhood.

    Fairy Tales on the Phone

    The show

    But where are the stories full of fantasy that the accountant Bianchi used to tell on the phone to his little girl every night before she fell asleep? What happened to the sweet chocolate streets? The very tasty ice cream palaces? The paradoxical times tables? Maybe they got trapped in the very phone that Giovannino found in the basement. Lost in its threads, they can no longer get out.


    Stories, those of Rodari, who do not know the passage of time, which preserve unchanged the original qualities of elegance, irony and freshness that have always been the strengths of that inexhaustible capacity for invention that he knew how to combine with the punctual, serious and civil observation
    of contemporary reality. Stories that in Fairy Tales on the Phone willcome back to life on stage in a real musical carousel in the form of songs, short stories, nursery rhymes and small variety numbers.


    The theatrical adaptation and the direction are signed by Raffaele Latagliata , who has a long professional career as an actor and director behind him in both prose and musical theater, who also edited the original dramaturgy together with Pino Costalunga , an expert author of children’s literature.


    The music, all original , were composed by Maestro Valentino Corvino , in his first experience as a composer of a musical comedy. Corvino has put his experience at the service of a show that plays with various musical genres, among these, in particular, he looks at the grace and delicacy of Quartetto Cetra. It is precisely starting from the catchy songs, from the cheerful lyrics but with refined arrangements of the legendary quartet (remember the interpretation of “The fables where they are” by the famous Lucia Mannucci) that the fables will come back to life on the scene, awakening the desire to invent and to play with the imagination.


    The dramaturgical structure of this musical – explains Maestro Corvino – lines up fairy tales that create many funny and often surreal little worlds. This material gave me the inspiration to compose drawing on the most diverse musical languages in a continuous exercise of style that was
    as functional as possible to the story. But, as happens in Rodari’s texts, moments linked to a more intimate expression alternate with the lightness of much of the musical narration, because the ultimate goal of these fables is not pure entertainment but the education of the youngest
    reflection and the use of imagination “.



    On stage Giovannino, a particularly curious boy with a strong imagination, found his mother’s old telephone in the basement; the very phone to which, when she was a child, her grandfather used to call her to tell her a story every night before going to sleep. But where are all these stories that the mother no longer remembers, Giovannino wonders. Maybe they’re still in there, stored in the phone’s memory. But that strange device is so complicated with that strange disc keyboard. And so, to get help, Giovannino decided to take him to be repaired in an old used phone shop: the Fix Phones. Here he will meet four strange characters (the surly Count Cornetta, the bizarre Madame Phonè, the bewildered Biancapagina and the enterprising Gettone) thanks to whom the fairy tales will magically come to life.


    Listen to the music of Fairy Tales on the Phone on Spotify , AppleMusic and on other music streaming platforms!

    The magic of Zecchino d’oro

    A gift in music that wants to pay homage to an appointment that has become a tradition. An event that has been able to cross the years with sobriety, lightness and elegance without ever losing sight of its identity. So here is Il Magico Zecchino d’Oro, a title that is already a program.  A musical born from the collaboration between Antoniano of Bologna, Fondazione Aida of Verona and Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara of  Trento, supported by Geomag and Valfrutta.


    What to expect from Il Magico Zecchino d’Oro? A show in the show in which the songs will be the absolute protagonists together with fantasy and a pinch of magic. Memories, emotions, sensations, moments lived and to relive. This and much more will be present in what can be defined as a musical fantasy able to surprise everyone, young and old. Protagonist of the plot, Alice, a little girl who is sometimes afraid of the dark. With her, on stage, the Little Man of the Moon who sends dreams to children while they sleep thanks to the jingling of the golden coin which, however, wants to take possession of the Witch Obscura. There will also be adventures and meetings with some of the most famous characters of the songs that have made the history of the Zecchino d’Oro. A gift that Antoniano gives to us to live together this very special occasion.

    A show to sing along to!

    As you can imagine, the songs will be the absolute protagonists of this production. The most famous and best known musical texts of the Zecchino d’Oro have been specially selected to become the soundtrack of Il Magico Zecchino d’Oro. Songs that have been conceived by the children, sung and voted by them over the years and that now, on this particular occasion, become the backbone of the theatrical dramaturgy. Protagonists in a new way, renewed and revisited while maintaining their style and their authenticity. A curiosity, this, which also represents the originality of Il Magico Zecchino d’Oro that turns out to be an engaging show and suitable for everyone, young and adult.

    Merry Christmas Santa Claus


    What if Santa Claus can no longer bring gifts to children as he does every year? What if not even the Befana is available to replace him?  Christmas would be in danger of becoming a day like any other, even sadder and more boring. In his first test flight, Santa Claus got stuck in the chimney of the house of two children and can no longer get out. To tell the truth, Santa Claus can no longer get out of a whole series of other little problems. Lately he has gained a lot of weight, he only eats big coloured candies sent to him by an unknown admirer and he doesn’t really want to go on a diet. But the worst thing is that he has lost the desire to fly with his reindeer and his sleigh.

    Luckily, Federico and Chiara, the children protagonists of this story, are good and smart. In the end, they will find a way not only to help Santa get out of the chimney, but also to solve a very dangerous matter for him and for all the children in the world.

    Our two friends, with the help of Santa’s elves, Nettle and Chestnut, will discover that the terrible Wizard Bisesto, envious of the fact that his day falls only once every four years and is never waited for and celebrated as it should be, has hatched a terrible plan to abolish the joy of Christmas forever by trying to put both Santa Claus and the Befana out of business.

    Between twists and turns, songs and great fun, in the end Christmas will be saved and everyone will be able to shout and sing together and happy again: Merry Christmas, Santa Claus!

    Santa Claus and the potion of 13 herbs


    This time Santa is facing the beautiful but cruel Queen Blizzard, who after casting a terrible spell on him and freezing his heart, has taken over the magical sleigh to carry out her terrible secret plan. Nikolas, Santa’s apprentice, and Rudolph, the trusty red-nosed reindeer, in order to save Christmas will have to venture into the mountains of faraway Switzerland in search of the Wise Old Gnome, the only one able to tell them where to find the thirteen magical herbs needed to make the potion that can dissolve the spell and free Santa’s heart. A whirlwind of adventures and twists and turns in an exciting and entertaining musical-style fantasy.An exuberant show with completely original plot and songs, but always respecting the tradition and the magical atmosphere of Christmas.


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