Three high schools came together to put on a musical here in San Antonio. It's called Cenicienta: A Quinceañera With a Taste of Cinderella. Composer Federico Chavez-Blanco says the production's origins are rooted in this part of our culture being overlooked.
"There's no musical place for Latino/Hispanic kids."
Popular culture just isn't geared toward them. But in Hispanic cultures, Chavez-Blanco says one cultural tradition stands tall.
"The quinceañera--it's the party that brings all the family together. And it's present in every single country the Spaniards conquered."
The quinceañera is a kind of coming out party for 15-year-old girls. A rite of passage for those girls, and their families. And combining it with Cinderella and Mariachi music makes for a great cross-cultural stage event, which is what Chavez-Blanco is producing. And Cenicienta is a big production.
"Seventy-five kids. Cast, crew, musicians, technicians, music directors."
Chavez-Blanco says modern-day Hispanic kids are truly bi-cultural.
"They develop their social life, their schools, their everything, in English. But they communicate at their house in Spanish, listening to mariachi music."
And so mariachi becomes a great identifying medium for young Hispanics. The 90 percent English production is a collaboration between Brackenridge, Edison and Lanier High Schools. Here's when and where the production happens.
Want to learn more? Here's a behind-the-scenes video from 2014, when the musical was presented by Thirteen O'Clock Theatre: