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Mexico Beyond Mariachi
presents Sugar Skull!
A Dia de Los Muertos Musical Adventure

4:00 pm Sunday, September 29, 2019

Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton in her grandmother’s cemetery altar suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Day of the Dead.

Meet Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton who dreams of riding the exclusive train to Who-Knows-Where. Along with her skeletal new friend, Vita dances with ancient ancestors, sings with a sorrowful sorceress, escapes the trickster Chaneques, and even meets the famous Catrina Calavera. But can this clever youth help him get on the train before it’s too late?

Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect autumn entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.

Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multicultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers, and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. The New York City company’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are integral in the development of every individual’s outlook on life.

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Adult $21
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $21

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support provided by
McQuaide Blasko Endowment

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Kids Connections

3:00 pm Sunday, September 29, 2019

Eisenhower Auditorium

Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity, takes place one hour before the performance. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.