A Bi-Lingual Musical Journey
The Magical Piñata
Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Doreen Heard
Musical Direction by Timothy D. Turner
Production by Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre Company of Orlando, Florida
auditions in July, information below! 2 adult males & 2 adult females needed
School Performances on September 25-29, October 2-6, 9-13
Public Performances on September 24, October 1, 8 @ 1:30 p.m. at Starlight Theater of Orlando, FL (click for map)
A seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her town of Zapotoco, Mexico, to a mysterious jungle filled with eccentric characters. Using her knowledge of English and Spanish, Cucha encounters Parrot Rivera, a jungle muralist who paints the future; Señor Chapulin, a soccer star with the heart of the present; and Burro Burrito, a farmer who plows the past. But the evil Monkey King and his silly Sidekick know the clay pot is really a magical piñata and scheme to steal it from her. Through Cucha's journey, she discovers the magic of the mundane, the roots of cultural pride and the power of sharing.
Cucha played by Natasha Harrison
Parrot Rivera, Señor Chapulin,& Burro Burrito played by Ben Rush
Father & Monkey King played by Sharky Hodges
Abuela & Sidekick played by Maryann Romano
Artistic Director Biography
Dr. Doreen B. Heard is the artistic director of the Florida Children's Repertory Theatre (incorporated October 14, 1985), a professional company based in Orlando. She taught at the University of Central Florida, Florida State University, California State University--Northridge, and Illinois State University before coming to Valencia College in 1984. Her teaching at Valencia has been primarily in Humanities but has also included Speech, English Comp, and Theatre. Her writing appears in "Theatre Journal", "Children's Theatre Review" and several other publications. She received an M.F.A. in child drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. from Florida Sate University.
Musical DIrector Biography
Timothy D. Turner has been performing professionally for 27 years in professional & commercial productions, on stage and screen, with celebrities such as Shirley Jones, Rita Moreno & Marvin Hamlisch and groups like Canadian Brass & the King’s Singers. He has directed and produced theatre, cabarets, stage shows, concerts and film for more than 20 years throughout the continental United States and Europe. “The Magical Pinata” marks his 3rd production with Florida Children’s Repertory Theater and this show marks his 64th production in the area since his relocation to Central Florida in 2001. He holds a BM in Performance from Millikin University and works as a director, performer, performance coach, clinician, producer, composer, community organizer and writer. Currently, he resides in Longwood, Florida just north of Orlando, but he travels extensively as a working professional.
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Production Company Information
Florida Children's Repertory Theatre is a professional company of adult actors who present plays for children throughout the Greater Orlando area. Our mission is to present plays of the highest quality with emphasis on both dramatic impact and educational value. Our plays are chosen from children's literature including folk tales and modern children's books. CLICK HERE for information page.
Please prepare a children’s story and a strong upbeat musical selection (16 bars) and bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.
July / August PAID roles
Florida Children's Repertory Theatre audition information 407-657-4483