Based on an ancient holiday story, Old Befana is a recipe for enchantment ~ its warmth and magic stirs audiences of all ages, putting an illuminating spin on a familiar night of miracles, it’s three Kings, a bright shining star, and a very special child.
a joyful journey, taking us into the magic,
entertaining us royally, and finally lifting our vision with the thought-provoking
reminder that “anyone could be the one to make a better world!”
~ Plymouth Church, Shorewood, WI
Hearing that a special child is coming to make the world a better place, Old Befana begins a search which continues to this day during the holiday season. She doesn’t know whether the child she seeks is rich or poor, black or white, a boy or a girl.
“Anyone could be the one to make a better world”, Befana sings. “It could even be... you!”
"The performance brought a beautiful old story--and a very significant message--
to life for our families in a delightful way.
Our memory of your music and its
empowering messages of goodwill and creativity is one that shines, not just in
the immediate afterglow of having heard you, but weeks and months beyond!
~ First Unitarian Society, Madison, WI
The troupe features composer Ken Lonnquist and fellow actor-musicians Joanne Schilling, Joe Thompson, Molly Bruenig & Jeanne Bindley taking on multiple roles, singing, playing mandolin, flute, guitar, percussion, acting, narrating & dancing.
"Everyone was charmed by the original music, the group’s professional singing, and the artistic presentation of the unusual story.
A big, warm-hearted success...
~ Cedarburg Public Library
"Many thanks for delighting us with your music, humor and message of Old Befana. My husband and I were very entertained, but it was thrfilling to see how engaged our granddaughter, Hallie, was!"
~ Betty Pohlman, Sun Prairie, WI