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After a very busy 2008, BellaLuna took a creative hiatus for the remainder of the 2009/2010 Season and is BACK with a NEW CREATION in 2011:

BellaLuna's Fresco BellaLuna proudly announces their new play FRESCO wich will Premiere March 2012 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC and The Historic Cultch Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

For more on Fresco, click HERE



BellaLuna's past shows from the repertoire and other services  - scroll down  for details


past shows2009 SEASON
-Pesciolino (Little Fish)


PAST SEASONS (1998-2008)



plays
roving characters
language services
voice overs
lectures and workshops

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The Best Italian Variety Show - EVER!
FUTURISTI!
Pesciolino
Plum + Other Colours
Roving Commedia Characters



ROVING CHARACTERS Perfect for hosting your event or just adding a SPLASH
 
Traditional Commedia Characters
ArlecchinoDottorePulcinellaIsabellaSilvioPantalone
Step into the Italian Renaissance its masked characters such as:
Arlecchino - the Crafty Servant (think "John Ritter")
Pantalone - the Miser (think "Mr. Burns from The Simpsons")
Il Dottore - the Know-Nothing Doctor (think "Frasier Crane")
Il Capitano - the Braggart Soldier (think "Super Grover")
Innamorati - the Young lovers (think "Hugh Grant")
Pulcinella - the Nasty Servant (think "Karen from Will & Grace")
Italian and Canadian Celebrities
Just because Topo Gigio hasn't worked since Ed Sullivan...doesn't make him bitter. 
Larger than life hosts... Suzi Scotta, Topo Grigio, Gina Golafridgita, Bipo Baodo, and Roberto Bellini to name a few.  Let them host your evening, run games or simply act as MC's.

PLAYS
 
FUTURISTI!
A theatrical celebration of the ITALIAN FUTURIST MOVEMENT of the early 1900ís.
:: BOLD MANIFESTATIONS :: ABSURDIST COMEDY::
:: AVANT GARDE EXPRESSION :: PROVOCATIVE REALISM ::

Directors Gerald Vanderwoude and Susan Bertoia assemble a prodigious ensemble of performers, designers and artists to re-create, pay tribute to and experiment with an art form that had an incredible impact on the shape of art and life as we know it.

More On FUTURISTI
The Best Italian Variety Show - EVER!
Get ready for a good dose of splashy entertainment in this brash evening featuring comedians, game shows, masked characters, sexy dancers, opera divas and hosts bigger than their own egos.

Performed in English with a thick Italian flair, this larger-than-life comic variety show takes a fresh and energetic approach to Italian culture.

More On THE BEST ITALIAN...
PLUM and Other Colours
The critically acclaimed solo show created and performed by Susan Bertoia. A physical theatre performance blending movement, gesture, poetic word, dramatic monologue, humour and music, PLUM "explores and shows us, microcosmically condensed, the many colours of the Human Condition." The simple theatricality of PLUM makes it unique and engaging

More On PLUM AND OTHER COLOURS
Pesciolino (Little Fish)
In this bilingual & interactive adventure story, a brave little fish (Pesciolino) travels the 7 seas in search of safety and tranquility. Along the way he encounters an untrustworthy but amusing shark, (Signor Squalo) a magic mermaid (La Sirena Magica), and the classic Italian storytale characters of Pinocchio, Geppetto and the giant whale.
Can pesciolino survive all the dangers of the 7 seas, trust Signor Squalo, and save his new friends?

More On Pesciolino
For Love And Honour
A Classic Commedia story: Dad finds husband for Daughter, Daughter has boyfriend already, mayhem ensues, they live happily ever after.

Audience participation is encouraged in this 30-minute circle show. Pantalone, the creepy miser wants to marry off his daughter to Capitano, the less than brave Soldier, but alas, Isabella loves another. Will love conquer family ties? Of Course...but watching it happen is half the fun!

The Rapture Of the Ladle
The Capture of the Drooler
The Wrapping of the Poodle
The Wimple of Santa Helena
The Fable of pee pee Strella
The Rapture Of The Ladle
Who'se in charge here? Exclusively for... anyone.  In the true spirit of Carnevale: Commedia, Music, Flags, Jokes and more. These are not actors, these are characters in search of fun and festivities.
 “A-nock a-nock…who’s there?…IDIOT!”

A carnival classic, this show within a show touches the heart and serves it up for dinner.
Violins
Performed originally at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre as part of "Theatre Under The Gun 6" BellaLuna plays the world's smallest violin for all those 
‘I-can’t-believe-this-happened-to-me’ stories you’ve had to sit through.

A mix of stylised movement and unadulterated monologues, this elegant 15-minute piece will please the eyes and stir the soul.
Are You There?
A Slice of life; three people cross paths.  Meet the produce-obsessed phone operator, the friendly greengrocer and the old Signora with the fresh plums. Crossed wires bring these people close but never together. ..kinda like a cool indie film!

La Signora Monologues
Get ready for a guilt trip down memory lane. These monologues, told by three ageing Italian mothers are the original 'Vagina Monologues'!!!

VOICE-OVERS
 
Sample Voice Demos (click to listen)
Louis Chirillo
-Tuscany
-Channel Surfing
Marco Soriano
-La Storia Di Anna (In Itlaian)

Stefano Giulianetti
-About Pinocchio (In Italian)
Susan Bertoia
-I Signori Volpe (In Itlaian)

LANGUAGE SERVICES

 
Script Reading & Translations 
From Pirandello to your diary.
Ciao, come va?
Hi, How are you?
Bene grazie, passami il vino.
Good thank you, pass the wine.
Dialect Coaching & Voice-Overs
We'll help you find the perfect voice for all your narration, cartoon or answering machine message needs. We are fluent in Italian, French, and English dialects.


 
PAST SHOWS AND EVENTS


2011
- Futuristi invited to exhibit digitally at Futurism Today or NOT in Toronto's Distillery District as part of 'Nuit Blanche'.
2010
[Olympic Hyatus]
2009
- Pesciolino (Little Fish) at Winterruption Festival, Granville Island
- A.D. Susan Bertoia invited to CATR's 2009 annual conference to present a paper on BellaLuna.
2008
- The Best Italian Variety Show - EVER! at Winterruption and Wild at Art Festivals
- The Return of FUTURISTI! for a full week run at UBC's Frederic Wood theatre
- For Love & Honour in White Rock, BC
- Roving Characters at Granville Island for Canada Day Celebrations
- NEW SHOW PREMIERE: Pesciolino (Little Fish) at Surrey Children's Fest and various schools
- A.D. Susan Bertoia invited to Lecture at University of Toronto's Conference on Futurism.
2007
- Roving Characters at Granville Island for Canada Day Celebrations
- Roving Characters at Fair In the Square in Coquitlam, BC
- NEW SHOW PREMIERE: FUTURISTI! at UBC
2006
- An Evening of Varieta' with members of BellaLuna as part of Italian Week
- El Tango Del Leche At SHOW OFF Festival(Theatre Under The Gun Re-Loaded)
- More Touring of The Best Italian Variety Show - EVER!
2005
- Roving Characters at Surrey Children's Festival
- Roving Characters at Whistler Summer Street Festival
- NEW SHOW PREMIERE: The Best Italian Variety Show - EVER!
2004
- Hosts of "Fogolars 2004" Conference at The Vancouver Playhouse
- PLUM - Solo physical theatre created/performed by Susan Bertoia
- Pulcinella Family Vacation - Roving Characters Visit Whistler Village
- For Love & Honour Performed at Whistler Street Festival
- Indiretta dal Cuore (Direct from the Heart) - Valentine's Day Show
2003
- Violins Created in 24 hours for "Theatre Under The Gun 6"
2002
- The Rapture of the Ladle - commedia characters take to the Boards at the Fame Hall, Vancouver
2000-02
- PLUM - solo physical theatre created/performed by Susan Bertoia
2000
-This is how created in 24 hours for "Theatre Under the Gun 4"
1999-2001
- SAGRA - Annual Italian event, where BellaLuna provides lively entertainment
1999-2000
- BEFANA - Christmas Folktale for the Family
1999
- MISS ITALIA pageant!
1998
- Teatro Italiano - Vancouver Museum

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