Immigration On Stage: Play Educates Youngsters On Serious Topic

Magik Theatre

Summer's right around the corner and if you've got kids or are entrusted with finding stuff for your nieces and nephews, the spot San Antonio Current readers just picked as one of the top children's attractions in the city has got something for you.

Bonus points if you were looking for them to keep up with or pick up some Spanish.

The Magik Theatre is teaming up with the two leading organizations representing the Mexican government in the Alamo City — the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Institute — to offer unique learning opportunities for youngsters aspiring to be the next thespian genius.

It all starts on May 2 with a free play, Alas de Mariposa, or Butterfly Wings, by Teatro Kalipatos based in Guanajuato, Mexico. The Spanish-language performance is meant to educate while it entertains.

The use of the butterfly is symbolic for migration — both of the renowned monarch butterflies that make their yearly trek from Mexico to the United States and Canada, but also of people, Mexican immigrants also heading north in search of a better life.

If the kiddos like that show, the Magik has got more like it throughout the summer. As with the butterfly play, the Mexican Cultural Institute will host sessions of Magik's summer camp offerings.

It doesn't hurt one bit logistically that the two entities are literally next to each other.

"As HemisFair Park neighbors, the cooperative venture is valuable to both of us," explained Richard Rosen, Magik's founder and creative director.

Frank Villani, Magik's executive director, dubbed the new effort "the beginning of an exciting cross-cultural collaboration for children and families."

The free butterfly-themed performance is slated for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 600 HemisFair Park.

The brains behind the play, Teatro Kalipatos, was formed in Guanajuato in 2002. The theater company continues to expand its own wings, after appearing in festivals and events in India, Denmark and Cuba.
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