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A BellaLuna Original Play

VARIETA - THE BEST ITALIAN VARIETY SHOW - EVER!

This 4.5 minute montage includes some of the zany characters and touching moments in TBIVSE including Bocce 2010, The Immigrants,Italian Canadian Heritage Moments, Mr. Uovo, Fear Factor Italian Style and 'For Love and Honour' Sketches. The clip features performers Susan Bertoia, Louis Chirillo, Stefano Giulianetti, Marco Soriano and Lia Como. Put on your spaghetti-stained tracksuit and get ready for a good dose of splashy Italian entertainment because THE BEST ITALIAN VARIETY SHOW-EVER! is back by popular demand!

This show combines the excitement of Christmas morning with a pinch of satire and a good dose of cheese into a deep-dish comedy lasagna!

This quartet of Professional Italian-Canadian Performers (Susan Bertoia, Louis Chirillo, Stefano Giulianetti and Marco Soriano) takes a fresh and energetic approach to Italian culture in this larger-than-life comic variety show featuring comedians, game shows, masked characters, sexy dancers, opera divos and hosts bigger than their own egos.

BellaLunaís distinctive humourous voice provides an alternative cultural perspective to de-mystify the more elaborate Italian traditions. BellaLuna was last seen at UBC's Frederic Wood Theatre where they premiered FUTURISTI! the avant-garde theatre of the turn-of-the-century Italian Futurists.

From 2005 to 2008, TBIVSE toured all across BC as audiences were treated to this eclectic greatest hits package. The show has delighted Italian and non-Italian audiences alike in Vancouver, Burnaby, Squamish, Trail, Kamloops and Campbell River, so don't miss your chance for a second helping!


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SHOW INFO:
BellaLuna's distinctive humourous voice provides an alternative cultural perspective to de-mystify the more elaborate Italian traditions and stereotypes for audiences of all cultures.

WHAT MAKES THIS SHOW UNIQUE? It's fun, educational, cultural and professional.

The Best Italian Variety Show - Ever! Is a unique play that it is both extremely entertaining and poignant. You donít have to be Italian to love the show. The professional caliber of performance makes for a hard-hitting, character-rich, high-energy experience that entertains audiences of all ages.

As first generation Italian-Canadians performers, we share our stories, experiences and heritage, providing an alternative cultural perspective and de-mystifying the more elaborate Italian traditions and stereotypes for audiences of all cultures. Through laughter, the audience experiences a heritage kaleidoscope seldom seen.

In a country where immigration is the basis of our cultural fabric, BellaLuna integrates the stories and influences of immigration of our Italian parents. Bringing a culturally based show to an audience encourages tolerance and empathy by revealing similarities and nurturing understanding.

BellaLuna also uses Commedia DellíArte, the 15th century form of Italian mask theatre as a key element to tell modern tales. This form was extremely influential to Shakespeare and other commonly studied authors and has today trickled down into TV sitcoms. Traditionally, the crowd-pleasing Commedia troupes played to thousands, relying on their exceptional physical skills, quick comic timing, and sharp satiric wit to bring familiar, broad characters to ebullient life. BellaLuna welcomes you to join with us in honouring that tradition.



Q & A:

WHAT THE HECK AM I GOING TO SEE?
A Comedy Variety show with mock-celebrity hosts, songs,
sketches, game shows and more!

WHAT LANGUAGE IS THE SHOW IN?
In English with some Italian

WILL THERE BE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION?
YES! Some is encouraged! Too much will be kicked out!

HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?
The show runs 60 minutes with no intermission...so pee first.
(90 minute show also available)

WILL THERE BE FOOD?
Yes, onstage, but none for you.

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS?
Tickets available at the door.

IF I'M NOT ITALIAN, WILL I STILL GET THE JOKES?
YES! Absolutely! But donít take our word for it, here's what the Campbell River Italian Society had to say:

Thank you so much for a heart warming and wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable performance. You made all kinds of connections with the Italian traditions and very representative of the way we are! I could not stop laughing. My wife, who is Canadian (no Italian background) could not stop laughing. I talked with many of the others, older and newer Italian Canadians and they said that they did not have such a good time for a very long time. Humour is wonderful thing, it's healing, it's educational and most of all it's entertaining. Mille grazie per tutto!"
     - Tony Fantillo, President of the Campbell River Italian Cultural Society


PHOTOS:

Promo Image
L to R: Louis Chirillo, Stefano Giulianetti, Susan Bertoia and Marco Soriano

SHOW PHOTOS:
Cast Shot 
(L to R: Lia Como, Stefano Giulianetti, Louis Chirillo, Susan Bertoia, Marco Soriano)
I Culini (L to R: Louis Chirillo, Marco Soriano, Stefano Giulianetti)
Mamma's (L to R: Marco Soriano & Susan Bertoia)
Bocce 2010 (Masks by Melody Anderson)
Esperanza Non C'e' (Lia Como)
The Immigrants 
(L to R: Stefano Giulianetti, Marco Soriano, Susan Bertoia, Louis Chirillo)
(For high res photos, please visit the Downloads link)

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BOOKINGS:


If you are interested in having the show in your Theatre, School or Community, please contact us at
info@bellaluna.ca.




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