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The Children's Theatre Company (CTC), the nation's leading theater for young
people and families and recipient of the 2003 Tony® Award for Outstanding
CTC's second winter production will be the world premiere of "Esperanza
Rising," by Lynne Alvarez adapted from the award-winning book by Pam Muñoz
Ryan. The production is directed by Rebecca Lynn Brown, with music composed by
Victor Zupanc, scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by James
Schuette, lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Victor Zupanc,
dramaturgy by Elissa Adams, choreography by Joe Chvala and stage managed by
CTC's 2005/2006 season is proudly sponsored by Target.
"Esperanza Rising" is the story of a young girl who is uprooted,
transplanted and re-grown in alien soil. The glorious, live music of Mariachis
carries Esperanza (whose name means "hope") across the dividing line
that cuts through the center of this play. That line (both literal and
figurative) divides two countries, two cultures, and two languages. It also
separates Mexico and California, the year 1930 from 1931 and Act I from Act II.
Brought up in the lush and beautiful world of the Mexican aristocracy and then
torn away and replanted in the impoverished world of a migrant labor camp in
California, Esperanza ultimately fulfills the promise of her name.
Esperanza Rising previews March 14, 15, 16, opens March 17 and closes April 15,
The Children's Theatre Company, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ticket prices are $19-34 for adults and $13-28 for children, students, and
seniors. Group rates are available. For more information contact The
Children's Theatre Company Ticket Office at 612-874-0400 or www.childrenstheatre.org.