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BellaLuna is a Vancouver-based theatre company that creates physical, comic, socially poignant theatre. Drawing inspiration from current and historical events and with a performance style informed by the traditional masked Italian theatre of Commedia Dell' Arte, our mandate is to produce entertaining work that transcends language barriers and challenges the audience to engage in the performance.


DECEMBER 13 & 14

BEFANA'S STAR: A Traditional Italian Christmas Story

A BellaLuna, Italian Cultural Centre and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Co-Production

Performance at the Studio Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby BC

December 13 & 14 | 4pm & 7pm

Snuggle in with your ‘famiglia’ for this beloved Italian holiday story! Legend has it that on January 6th, also known as ‘Epiphany’, a bright star appears in the eastern skies leading The Three Magi to Bethlehem to meet the Child King. Inspired by their quest, an eccentric, old Italian woman decides to follow this star herself and bring some of her cakes and cookies as gifts to the child. In the Italian tradition, the old Befana still flies through the skies on the eve of the Epiphany delivering gifts to all the children around the world.  Join BellaLuna’s ensemble Susan Bertoia, Stefano Giulianetti, Marco Soriano, musician Alison Jenkins and more, in a colourful retelling of this story with live music, puppets and Panettone!!

Playwright:  Susan Bertoia

Director: Marco Soriano

Music: Alison Jenkins

Actors: Stefano Giulianetti, Susan Bertoia, Carley Hodges,

Katie Karjala, Moses Caliboso and Sabine Freschi




Tickets: $10


By Phone:  604-205-3000

Contact: BellaLuna Productions

Susan Bertoia


c. 778-855-4118



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