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Melanie Rey and Erin Nicole Hampe. Photo by Rob Levine. WHO:
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 Regional Theater. 

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 Chris Schweiger.
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, 2006.

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



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