MARIACHI GIRL to Play Gallo Center, 3/21-22

"Mariachi Girl," a 2012 bi-lingual Spanish/English musical for children and family audiences, will be staged for the first time in California by the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 - 22. Both performances are at 2 pm.

Tickets for the show are $8, $12 and $20, and may be purchased online at, by calling (209) 338-2100, or from the Gallo Center ticket office at 1000 I Street in downtown Modesto. Groups of 15 people or more can receive a 15% discount on ticket prices by calling (209) 338-5062.

"Mariachi Girl" tells the story of Carmencita, who dreams of being in her father's mariachi band. But, her father insists that mariachi groups can only include men. When Carmencita reads a book about a famous female mariachi it expands her world and her notion of what is possible. Full of vibrant original music from a live band, "Mariachi Girl" explores how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage.

Written by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, a professor at the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance,"Mariachi Girl" is being staged by the same creative team involved in the Gallo Center's productions of "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Grapes of Wrath," "Tomas and the Library Lady," and "A Christmas Memory-The Musical." The musical play is produced by Gallo Center arts education coordinator Jim Johnson and directed by Wes Page, with musical direction by Ric Campero. Author Schroeder-Arce is expected to attend the performances.

The cast includes Liliana Hernandez as Carmencita, Carolina Alfaro at Carmen, Raul Garcia as Luis, Robin Bjerke as Mrs. Parker, Careliseo Blair-Arana as Danny, and Daniel Hernandez as Jose.

"Mariachi Girl" at the Gallo Center is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. MARIACHI GIRL to Play Gallo Center, 3/21-22

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