“Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” at RLT Dramatizes a Yuletide Miracle by Calabria’s “Grandma Witch”

The RLT cast includes (from left) Natalie Giannini as Bambolona, Martie Todd Sirois as Strega Nona, and Charlie Putnam as Big Anthony (photo by David Watts)

Raleigh Little Theatre will perform the musical “Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” as part of its 2011-12 RLT Youth Series on Nov. 4-6, 10-13, and 17-20 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre in west Raleigh. First produced by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, MN in its 1987-88 season, the show features music by Alan Shorter and a book by Thomas Olson, based on a 1986 story by Tomie dePaola.