La Befana

Sofia loves witch stories. Her favourite is the one about her Nonna meeting the Befana, an old lady who brings sweets to well-behaved children while they sleep… and who carries away the unwary ones who stumble upon her in the middle of the night! The day Nonna disappears, her granddaughter is convinced the Befana has kidnapped her. Sofia sets off to find her and becomes immersed in a story that goes beyond anything she could ever have imagined.   

In this show inspired by the legends of northern Italy, Anaïs Pellin’s writing takes young audiences on an adventure full of twists and turns. Between the rapture and turmoil of childhood, La Befana conveys a poetic story about the final journey of our loved ones.


Production Théâtre la Seizième
Text Production – Théâtre la Seizième  Anaïs Pellin 
Direction Emilie Leclerc 
Cast Thérèse Champagne, Julio Rod Marín, Mia Wistaff 
Original music and sound design Heather Kemski
Set and costumes design Alaia Hamer
Video design Cande Andrade
Stage management Caroline Frost
Technical direction Chengyan Boon

Main themes
  • Initiatory and adventure tale
  • Imaginary / fantasy
  • Italian folklore / legends
  • Facing one’s fears
  • Family and friendship relationships
  • Grief

Grade level Grades 2 to 6
Cost Early bird rate (until Nov. 10, 2023): $935 | Regular rate: $975
Length of the show Between 45 and 60 mins (+10 minutes Q&A)
Number of students Maximum 350
Venue In your theatre, gym, or any other space that can accommodate a show and its audience
Educational material Guide provided 1 month before the performance


226-1555, West 7th avenue
Vancouver, BC. V6J 1S1

We are fortunate to live, create and gather on the traditional and ancestral unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations

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