Musical comedy in one act
by Fabrizio Lamberti
Libretto by Mauro Graiani
Commissione della Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice
Carbunin/Dieguito/Juan/Edmondo de Amicis
Danilo Ramon Giannini
Schiappacasse/Pedro Vasena/Padre Miguel/Banchiere/Poliziotto
Elisa Dal Corso
(exclusive video participation)
Conductor, orchestrator and pianist
Director, video/costume/scenic and lighting designer
Stage musical director
Sirio Restani, Antonella Poli
Stage musical assistants
Andrea Gastaldo, Anna Maria Pascarella
other Choir Master
Head of musical archives
Vice scenic director
Stage technicians foreman
Head of tailoring, shoemaking, make-up and wigs
Painting boards of background video
Props, scene and costume design
by Opera Carlo Felice
Il viaggio dell’emigrante
A reduced one-act version of the musical comedy Zêna ((If I Think Home),inspired by the popular song Ma se ghe penso. The plot unravels the story of a boy from Genoa at the end of the 19th century. He seeks fortune in Argentina with only high hopes and a basil plant, thanks to which he will be able to remain abroad. Nevertheless, the protagonist becomes so homesick that he eventually returns to Genova.
The cast of this one-act play includes five singing actors – four of whom alternate in double, triple roles – a quartet of musicians and a video element to portray the older version of the protagonist, the voice and narrator of the whole story.
The narrative focuses on the difficulties of those who escape a life of hardship to renew the fate of their existence but, eventually, having to deal with their own roots. This version of Zêna aims at spreading a wider awareness of the immigration issues among young students.
Thanks to the enjoyable language, as well as both musical and videographic support, the project well serves to introduce young people to theatrical storytelling and to promote theatrical culture in schools.