Imagine Theatre’s "The Tale of Turandot" is a modern theatrical puppetry experience for elementary school-aged children.
What are the three riddles of Turandot, and can anybody answer them? Inspired by a centuries-old story, Armina LaManna created and directed this popular family friendly production. It was first mounted in 2019 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA. The Tale of Turandot has entertained and intrigued nearly 2,000 kids and their families.
“Enchanting show" and a "powerful re-imagining," wrote ArtsBeatLA. This production garnered "A+" from Culture Spot LA, giving an extra shout out to the "outstanding acting."
The Tale of Turandot is made possible, in part, by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. It incorporates puppetry and video projections, with many other creative elements. Imagine Theatre is Los Angeles’s Equity theatre for young audiences. The company is dedicated to telling stories that spotlight a diverse array of female heroes.
A pre-recorded Q&A with the cast will accompany each performance. Link and instructions to accessing the online broadcast performance will be provided after the ticket confirmation, prior to event date.
The fable, perhaps best known as Giacomo Puccini's final opera, is set in China and involves Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the “cold” Princess Turandot. LaManna wanted to give Turandot her own voice after reading Carlo Gozzi’s 1762 play and later seeing Pucchini's opera, challenging the idea that female characters who are smart, are somehow less feminine, less desirable and less human. In the original tale, to obtain permission to marry Princess Turandot, a suitor has to solve three riddles any wrong answer results in death. LaManna's retelling, however, reinterprets events specifically from the perspective of Turandot, a young woman forced to get married at a very young age before she has had the chance to explore the world and learn about herself. This World Premiere play is a multimedia commedia dell'arte experience that includes original music, puppetry, circus and multimedia elements.
“Kids need magic now in their lives. Until theatres re-open, we shall produce stories using virtual platforms. We are delighted that to have this opportunity of bringing this production to kids everywhere, and we hope to create an experience that our young viewers will carry with them for a long time,” said LaManna. “Study after study strongly demonstrates the impact that high-quality plays have on children’s empathy and education. We believe our work to be a vital part of raising compassionate, courageous, and erudite children in today’s world.”
ABOUT IMAGINE THEATRE: Founded in 2016, Imagine Theatre (formerly Imagine Project) is committed to producing diverse and memorable theatrical experiences for kids. Armed with its mission statement: “Imagine Theatre strives to build an empathetic and inclusive society, across cultures, by immersing young people in theatre that celebrates gender equity, diversity and civic engagement,” its founders Armina LaManna (Artistic Director) and Alex Zonin (Board Chairman) joined forces in 2016 to research and create a flagship professional theatre for young audiences in Los Angeles. Unlike most major cities in the United States, until the founding of Imagine Project, the entertainment capital of the world did not have an Equity theatre dedicated entirely to programming for young audiences.
Co-founder Alex Zonin related, “There are 2.3 million kids under the age of eighteen in L.A. County, and this virtual performance allows us to reach so many more kids than a production in a physical space. We are delighted to bring our production into their homes.”
Presenter / Producer: Imagine Theatre
Theater > Musicals
Theater > Children's
Event Phone: 818-649-9474
Los Angeles CA
LA - San Fernando Valley
North Hollywood / Burbank / Glendale
Performance Dates: 11/14/2020 - 11/22/2020
4:00pm (PST) on Saturday and Sunday
November 14, 15, 21, 22
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