Friday, September 29, brings another round of Last Fridays Art Walk in Hillsborough – the last big one of the year. So it’s your last chance this year to catch the booths, the kids’ activities, and the free music on the courthouse lawn. (The band Risse will be on stage this Friday.)
And it’s also your last chance to catch “Wants Upon A Time” – the semi-improvised, musical, family-friendly commedia dell’arte show that’s been performing at, in, around, and through the stickwork sculpture on Riverwalk all year.
“Wants Upon A Time” was the brainchild of Francesca Talenti; she and a company of six actors worked together to create a show loosely based on the Rapunzel fairy tale. (The company is called CapelliCo.) Largely scripted but always partly improvised, with a prince, a princess, an ogre (who may or may not be just misunderstood), and more, it’s always a slightly different experience every time. The cast members rotate between characters from one performance to the next. And they’re not the only ones who rotate: as the show progresses and the plot unfolds, the characters lead the audience all the way around the stickwork sculpture – taking full advantage of all the sculpture’s entrances, exits, windows, nooks and crannies along the way.
WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Francesca Talenti earlier this year about “Wants Upon A Time.”
The final performance of “Wants Upon A Time” – it’s free and family-friendly – is at 6:30 pm on Friday, September 29.