Welcome Back, Strega Nona!
Austin Public Library has been presenting puppet shows since 1977. Currently, Literature Live! has in its repertoire, over 30 complete puppet shows, adding a new production every year. Many of our creations are original, but we also enjoy adapting our scripts from fairy and folk tales, and popular stories.
One of the most memorable puppet shows in Literature Live’s collection is Strega Nona, the original story from Tomie DePaola’s series of picture books about the eccentric Grandmother Witch and her sidekick Big Anthony. Grace Schmitt, the puppet master who was the Children’s Librarian in the basement of what is now the Austin History Center, used her imagination, celluclay, fabric, fluff and paint, to give life to our little Nona in the late 1970s. Children who have grown up with puppetry in Austin have fond memories of her, Big Anthony and the gossipy city folks who make this one of Literature Live’s most requested shows. Now, a new generation of Austin’s children will have the opportunity to fall in love with her once again.
There have been six iterations of Strega over the years, and this year’s version is no different. We have brought more life to the play by animating the pasta. Here’s a little teaser to whet your appetite
Check out when you can catch Strega Nona and her band of merry traveler’s this fall. Bon appetit!