Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story
On-Campus Performances for Elementary Schools (Austin Area)
This performance is available 2017- 2018 for touring to on-campus performances. The show is bilingual Spanish/ English and is appropriate for Kindergarten – 5th grade. It is easily understood by English speakers, and is a special treat for bilingual students to hear both of their languages onstage.
Cenicienta is the story of a young Latina girl who learns to stand up for herself and her cultural heritage. Originally presented at Zach Theater in 2015 in collaboration with Teatro Vivo and Glass Half Full Theatre, Cenicienta features Belinda, a 10-year-old who has been sent to the basement to prepare the party that her stepmother and stepsisters host for (real life) writer Gary Soto. A budding poet herself, Belinda wants desperately to attend the party and share her own writings with Soto. It’s a story within a story; Belinda lives out her version while also reenacting the classic tale, using whatever objects are at her disposal: napkins, teapots, and doilies, to name just a few. Through a love of poetry passed down by her father, she learns to stand up for herself and take charge of her life and dreams.
Cenicienta features Gricelda Silva- a bilingual Mexican-American woman and winner of Austin Chronicle’s Best Actress for 2015– starring in this show that won B Iden Payne and Austin Critic’s Table awards for Best New Play, Best Actress, and Outstanding Puppetry. The show reached 5,000 children in 2015 at ZACH Theatre with 60% bilingual students attending.
Language Arts: Poetry, Spanish, and English
Fine Arts: Puppetry
Social/ Emotional: Imagination, believing in your self, and helping others
Cultural: Families, Latino heritage
Review from The Austin Chronicle, May 15th, 2015:
“Cenicienta accomplishes what children’s theatre should at its best: providing an imaginative tale that’s captivating for children and adults alike, while incorporating cultural and educational facets that pique curiosity and invite further investigation. . . . The production is rife with Spanish phrases, but not so many so that nonspeakers would find themselves confused. It perfectly embraces Austin’s Mexican-American culture but also provides an educational outlet for those looking to brush up on their Spanish. . . . The story itself is as entertaining as it is educational. “
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