Fantasy, magic and merriment are coming to Solvang with the grand opening of the Actor’s Corner Center and the Jelling Stone Museum, which coincides with Danish Days on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.
Follow the continuing adventures of “Andrew the Jelling Stone Seeker” on his journey to find the Jelling Stones, and his encounters with the Ice Queen, the Lamplighter, the Three Giants, and Soro the Queen of the Garbage Lane, an interactive family event.
The original Jelling stones are ancient Danish runestones dating back to the 10th century in Jelling, Denmark.
Storytelling performances will be given at various times from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the weekend, and scheduled performances are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed-nesdays through Sundays by appointment.
Tickets for the storytelling adventures are $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. For updated program information, click on the blog at www.actorscornercenter.com.
The opening of the Jelling Stone Museum will be about Andrew’s dream as he ventures out into the world seeking the images in stones.
Santo Cervello and his wife, Grace Lebecka, are the owners of the Actor’s Corner Center and the Jelling Stone Museum, across from the Festival Theater at 439 Second St. in Solvang.
Cervello was born in Calabria, Italy, and has worked as an actor-director and writer-producer in Canadian theater presenting what he calls “innovative and transformative drama that reached millions of people in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain.”
He wrote plays for the CBC and BBC radio and a TV series for Singapore Television. He has performed in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City and received numerous prestigious awards.
In 1972 Cervello established the Erewhon Theatre. “Our theatrical company was performing 800 shows a year at one point throughout Canada,” he said.
Lebecka, born in Poland, received a master’s degree in psychology in Poland and a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
When Lebecka first arrived in America from Poland she worked for leading international design houses, such as Versace in Beverly Hills.
“Since Santo and I have been together we have developed innovative programs, workshops and plays such as ‘Tutankhamun — The Mysteries of the Boy King.’ We find it very rewarding to empower confidence in children through drama and self expression,” she said.
The couple is busy creating new drama programs and classes for schools and the community.
“Santo and I met at one of Jean Houston’s workshops. Houston has helped pioneer and motivate the human potentials movement,” she continued. “What brought us together was the same mindset of creating world peace by making positive changes within ourselves and inspiring others by manifesting goodness, creativity and beauty through art and drama. One of the most important aspects of our work is to validate other human beings.”
The Cervellos felt a calling to be in Solvang, a community which they feel cherishes culture, theater, heritage and synergy.
For three months the Cervellos searched endlessly on the computer for the right home and when they found the property on Second Street they traveled from Toronto to see it.
“We instantly loved the town, the people, the theater, and we love this building,” said Cervello. “The drive up the mountain to Solvang reminded us a little of Delphi in Greece, where we had spent some time. The sun, the air, the land, and that inner calling kept telling us that Solvang is where we must be. This kind, gentle and historic town is now our home and we love it. Here we can create magical stories for visitors and residents alike.”
The Actor’s Corner Studio will offer storytelling, drama and theater workshops along with the Jelling Stone Museum.
“The center will create stimulating programs of infinite possibilities,” said Cervello. “Come and play in the land of the imagination!”
“Andrew, The Jelling Stone Seeker,” a book by Cervello, is now available at www.smashwords.com.