Friday, November 23, 2007

GIAA's Emelise Aleandri in "La Befana"

FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE
Info: (646) 261 8614
(212) 302 0551

La Befana Visits Little Italy

On December 1st, from 5 to 7 pm, the Little Italy Merchants
Association will
sponsor a Gala Tree Lighting and Concert at Canal Street and
Hester Street
in Little Italy in downtown Manhattan. La Befana, the Italian
Christmas
Witch, will fly in on her broom for this occasion and make
surprise visits at
various locations in the neighborhood. The Gala Tree Lighting and
Concert is the
first of many of the Sorrento Cheese Christmas celebrations
planned during 4
gala 3-day Weekends from November 30th through December 23rd. For
information: (212) 302 0551 or _www.littleitalynyonline.org_
(http://www.littleitalynyonline.org) .
Then on Saturday, January 5, 2008 @ 2:00 pm, the Lt. Joseph
Petrosino Lodge
#2741, OSIA and The Little Italy Merchants Association will co-
sponsor a
performance of The Legend of La Befana, a delightful musical play,
which
recreates the story of the good witch who visits on the eve of
Epiphany & leaves
presents for good children, but coal & ashes for naughty ones!
Written and
narrated by Artistic Director Emelise Aleandri & performed by
Frizzi & Lazzi the
Olde Time Italian_American Music & Theatre Company, the play
borrows from many
different versions of the Italian legend. The Strega of the New
Millenium
narrates as colorful characters from the legend come to life. Many
repeat
performances in the tristate area make this show an anticipated
annual event.
The Legend of La Befana will take place in the Hall of the Church
of the
Most Precious Blood at 113 Baxter Street, just above Canal Street
in Little
Italy, New York City. Admission is only $5.00 per person. Children
receive a
goody bag from La Befana and adults enjoy coffee & biscotti. Feel
free to invite
family, friends and neighbors to this wonderful event. The
Petrosino Lodge
recently held a terrific Halloween Party and will host a Pasta
Party on January
13th and their annual Dinner Dance on April 12th. For further
information
contact: John Fratta @ 646 261 8614.
Several more performances by Frizzi & Lazzi are scheduled this
season in New
York and New Jersey. Organizations interested in more
information or about
hosting a performance for their children of all ages may contact
Dr.
Aleandri at (347) 965 7892 or online at _Ealeandri@aol.com_
(mailto:Ealeandri@aol.com) . The Frizzi & Lazzi website
(_www.frizzilazzi.com_
(http://www.frizzilazzi.com) shows colorful pictures from the
production.
Synopsis of the Legend
Many variations on the ancient legend of La Befana have come down
to us by
tradition and folklore but the common thread to the story is this:
on the Eve
of the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, Twelfth Night, the night
of magic
when all things can happen, the Magi, three Kings from the East,
follow a bright
star in search of a newborn infant king. They come upon La Befana
as she
sweeps her house and ask for directions. The Kings invite her to
go with them
but she explains that she is too busy cleaning her house and
cannot go. They
continue on without her but she later has misgivings and embarks
on a journey
in search of the child. She never finds him but wherever she does
find a
child, she leaves a gift just in case that one is the newborn
king, the Neonato.
And she has been doing this on Epiphany eve for centuries.
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Dr. Emelise Aleandri, Artistic Director
Frizzi & Lazzi The Olde Time Italian-American Music & Theatre
Company
Trafalgar House
3299 Cambridge Avenue #3C
Riverdale, New York 10463-3649
347 964 7892; cell 917 821 1036
office: 212 675 1003
Website: _http://www.FrizziLazzi.com_ (http://www.FrizziLazzi.com)
email: EAleandri@aol.com