The Page Series at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota presents Mexico Beyond Mariachi in “Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure” on Friday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. The family-friendly production explores the Mexican cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
“Sugar Skull!” tells the story of 12-year-old Vita Flores, a born-and-raised New Yorker struggling to connect with her Mexican heritage. But when a spirited Día de los Muertos decoration decides to help out, Vita must navigate a colorful and mysterious cementerio populated with trickster chaneques, colorful calacas, ancient ancestors, a bewildering bruja, and even the famous Catrina Calavera. With an excitable candy skeleton as her friend and guide, Vita discovers the true meaning of Día de los Muertos through stories, songs, and more. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this one-hour, colorful stage production is fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.
To help families prepare for the performance, the Page Series will partner with the Winona Public Library for a Día de los Muertos-themed story time event on Saturday, October 5, at noon at 151 West Fifth Street. Families will enjoy story time and crafts inspired by the production. This event, held at the library, is free for all and does not require registration.
Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers, and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. The company’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part in the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes present in all of Mexico Beyond Mariachi’s work.
Tickets for “Sugar Skull!” are $12 for the general public and $8 for youth ages 17 and younger. For more information, a video preview, and to order tickets, visit pagetheatre.org. Tickets may also be ordered through the Saint Mary’s Performance Center box office by calling 507-457-1715 from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays.