ZACH Theatre to present bilingual musical, ‘Mariachi Girl,’ during select dates in October

Being one of the only bilingual Latino companies in Texas, Teatro Vivo has produced more than 24 full-length production since its start in 2000. Their mission is to create theatre that addresses critical social issues relevant to the Latino culture by exploring age-old themes as well as modern ones. ZACH Theatre is partnering with Teatro Vivo to expand their outreach into the Latino community with shows aimed for schools and families.

In a partnership ZACH theatre, Teatro Vivo will be presenting an original, bilingual musical, “Mariachi Girl,” written by Roxanne Shroeder-Arce along with the music and lyrics by Héctor Martínez Morales. The musical will be directed by Brant Pope.


Full of vibrant original mariachi music, this play explores how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage. Eight-year-old Carmencita dreams of being in her father’s mariachi band, but her father insists that mariachi groups should only include men. When Carmencita reads a book about a famous female mariachi, it expands her world and notion of what is possible.

The play will be performed at ZACH’s intimate Whisenhunt Stage on 1510 Toomey Rd. “Mariachi Girl” premieres Oct. 6. Performances are Friday Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., Saturdays, Oct. 6, 20, 27 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. Children’s tickets are $14, and adult tickets are $16. To order tickets call (512) 476-0541 ext. 1 or visit

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