Cenicienta, a Quinceañera with a taste of Cinderella
A musical whose blood is the exuberance and vitality of the Mariachi spirit. The colors, drama, music, and that magical first waltz of the Quinceañera tradition make this musical a powerful coming-of-age story. Memories of the audience's early years of joy and celebration with family and friends will be recreated on stage. Latino rhythms, melodies, and themes familiar to the Hispanic audience and charming for all.
Keeping in mind the desire for high school students to have a major role in a musical, this cast requires ten major roles and two minor roles, plus a royal court which can vary in size. Keeping in mind the limitations of set design, there are only four scene changes, with additional scenes in front of a traveler, all in two acts.
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"Ceni" is exactly the type of play needed in high schools to engage Latino youth in the arts, showcase Latino talent, and inspire audiences while celebrating the beautiful cultural traditions of our Hispanic heritage.
Cynthia Y. Muñoz
Producer, 25th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza
“Cenicienta is a brilliant artistic tool that promotes understanding of our Mexican culture. It instills values and translates experiences to young and old alike. All these elements are important and beneficial to society as a whole, but especially for youth who are in the midst of molding their character, attitude, and behaviors. The story is executed with exemplary music, and is overall an outstanding representation of our community.”
Brisa Areli Muñoz
NYC Public Theater
"Cenicienta" is filled with some of the things I love most about my culture; Mariachis, a Qunceañera y la Familia. It’s bilingual lenguaje y original Mariachi music makes the retelling of an old cuento, unique. For Edison and Lanier High Schools, Ceni provided the perfect opportunity for our bilingual/Mexican-American students to finally be represented on stage while educating the public about some of our beloved tradiciones (through a fun learning experience)*.
Maria A. Ibarra
Directora de Teatro/Edison High School/SAISD