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Teatro Vivo and ZACH Theatre Partner for New Bilingual Musical Mariachi Girl

    ZACH Theatre, Texas' longest running theatre, joins forces with Teatro Vivo for the in its first youth production of the season to stage the world premiere of the new bilingual Spanish/English musical Mariachi Girl.  Staged in partnership with the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance and filled with vibrant mariachi music, the new work for children and family audiences. plays October 5th through November 5th on ZACH's
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Whisenhunt Stage.
      Written by Roxanne Shroeder-Arce, with music and lyrics by Hector Martinez Morales, Mariachi Girl explores how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage.  Eight-year-old Carmencita dreams of being in her father's mariachi band, but her father insists that mariachi groups should only include men.  When Carmencita reads a book about a famous female mariachi, it expands her world and notion of what is possible.
     "Teatro Vivo is one of the only bilingual theater companies in Texas, and it is their mission to produce culturally relevant Latino theatre that addresses critical social issues," said Nat Miller, ZACH's Education Director.  "We already have more than 10,000 students from dual language schools attending our school matinees and think it is important for ZACH to produce stories that represent their lives.  More than 4,000 students will be attending the production, a large percentage of them from low income schools who will be coming for a reduced cost."
     Brant Pope directs the world premiere production of Mariachi Girl, which had its first reading at Teatro Vivo's 2011 Austin Latino New Play Festival.  Staged in partnership with the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance, the cast features Mario Ramirez, Alejandra McGuire, Aisha San Ramon, Sarah Walker, Julian Castillo and Rupert Reyes, with mariachis David Perales, Ollin Chavez, Javier Torres and Miguel Machado.
     Public performances will be on October 5th at 7 p.m., October 6th, 20th and 27th at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and November 4th at 6 p.m.  Children's tickets are $14, and adult tickets are $16.
    ZACH's intimate Whisenhunt Stage is located at 1510 Toomey Road.  For tickets and more information, call (512) 476-0541, ext. 1, or visit www.zachtheatre.org.

(Photo of Aisha San Ramon by Axel B Photography)
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