In "Nobody Wants to Be a Wanta-Be!," compiled, adapted and directed by Julie Williams, 10-year-old Katie learns that dreams are great, but feeling good about oneself has to come first.
The Cal State Northridge Theatre for Young Audiences production is a trim, smoothly paced hour, nicely staged by Williams and creditably performed by a cast of young adults.
Overhearing schoolyard taunts directed at dreamy Katie (Julie Jacobson), mysterious, kindly old bag lady Willie Lee (H. Caroline Newman, in gray wig) asks Katie and her friends to meet at Mr. Jones' corner bookstore for a few object lessons in the importance of self-esteem.
There, with quick set and prop changes, the cast acts out three stories as Newman narrates.
In "Prezzettino," based on the book by Leo Lionni, Prezzettino or "little piece" (tall Homer Wiggins in red overalls) thinks he must simply be a part of a larger whole, but eventually sees that he can stand alone and be happy.