Ennio Marchetto, the “living cartoon”, will perform at the Manoel Theater

“Living Paper Cartoon” Ennio Marchetto is set to perform at the Manoel Theater for just one night soon to benefit the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation. Laura Bonnici talks with the event host, PRINCE AUGUSTO RUFFO OF CALABRIAAmbassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Malta, to find out more.

On June 18, an audience will experience the hilarity of world-renowned comic impersonator Ennio Marchetto during a unique performance at the Manoel Theater.

Known as the ‘Living Paper Cartoon’, multi-award-winning original artist Marchetto has charmed audiences around the world for decades, performing for royalty, at various high-profile festivals and even as part of the famous rock band. Elton John. White tie and tiara ball.

In Malta, his performance will support a local cause.

Indeed, presented by Prince Augusto Ruffo di Calabria, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Malta, under the patronage of the President of Malta and Mrs. Vella, the profits of the event will go to the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.

Prince Augusto Ruffo di Calabria, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Malta.

“I was captivated by Marchetto during one of his performances and thought he was the perfect artist to bring the useful to the dilettevole as we say in Italian – something entertaining, lively, vibrant and beautifully executed, for an extremely worthy cause of raising funds to help other human beings”, explains the ambassador, who goes on to highlight the ideal moment of the show to boost the morale of the people of Malta.

“Engaging a world-famous artist to put on a show that would appeal to a wider audience – young and old – is a great opportunity to provide much-needed light-hearted entertainment after the heaviness of the pandemic.”

Marchetto has revolutionized the art of origami into hilarious theatrical magic. In his show, directed and designed by Sosthen Hennekam and produced by Terry Chegia, Marchetto uses paper costumes, facial expressions and split seconds to transform into parodies of popular icons, from Marilyn Monroe to the Mona Lisa, Eminem to the Queen of England. .

Always wanted to do something different with our annual celebration, take the chance to combine charity with culture, formality with entertainment

Meanwhile, Marchetto’s performance in Malta is an opportunity for the Ambassador to combine the solemnity of the traditional June celebration of the Feast of St. John the Baptist – the patron saint of the Order of St. with a charity event that brings joy to the community it serves.

“I am honored and uniquely placed to be able to give something back to the Maltese people,” he shares. “I’ve always wanted to do something different with our annual celebration, take the chance to combine charity with culture, formality with entertainment.”

The selection of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation as a beneficiary of this year’s event continues this mission, as the Ambassador underlines: “I have the utmost respect and consideration for all philanthropic organizations and institutions in Malta and, having witnessed the immeasurably valuable work the foundation does with such tireless dedication, it was a natural fit to receive the proceeds.

Marchetto uses paper costumes, facial expressions and split-second timing to turn into parodies of popular icons.Marchetto uses paper costumes, facial expressions and split-second timing to turn into parodies of popular icons.

“The reputation and experience of the foundation, under the supervision of the President of Malta, also ensures that every penny will support those who need it most.” As the Ambassador shares his dream of bringing the man behind Live Aid, Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof, to Malta for a charity event – a dream he intends to achieve, provided he has the support of local authorities – he concludes with a reminder.

“People believe that the Knights of Malta only existed in the nation’s past, but they are still here today, upholding the same mission: to serve the poor and the sick.

“All ambassadors around the world maintain their embassies to support the community with medical care, schools, aid: we are humanitarians. Through this event, we hope that the people of Malta will join us in laughing, celebrating and filling the theater for a hugely worthy cause.

Ennio Marchetto: The Living Paper Cartoon will perform at the Manoel Theater on June 18 at 7 p.m. According to current public health directives, no mask or vaccine certificate is required during this event. Tickets are available by email at [email protected], by phone at 2124 6389 or online.

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