Saturday, June 6, 2009

Spanish Classic Musical Theater for Children, in New Bilingual Production

Teatro SEA, the premier bilingual arts-in-education New York Latino theater company for young audiences, will present next July a new production of the classic children's zarzuela (Spanish operetta) The Toothache of King Farfán (La muela del Rey Farfán). Winner of seven HOLA and ACE Awards, including Best Musical Production, Best Direction, Best Set & Costumes, the show features over 40 life-size puppets, singers and musicians in a seamless blending English, Spanish and music.

Written in 1909 by the Spanish brothers Serafín and Joaquín Alvarez Quintero, The Toothache of King Farfán remains a gem among family zarzuelas that originated in Spain and made their way to the Caribbean and Latin America. It tells the story of the selfish King Farfán, who gets a toothache, and in return gives everyone around him a huge headache, as he refuses to learn important lessons about love and respect. It is highly recommended for audiences eight-years-of-age and older.

This new production features a score by Manuel Morán, who is also SEA's Artistic Director and director of this production, and Ivan Alexander Bautista. The cast includes Francisco Fuertes, Manuel Morán, Jesús Martínez, Annette Cortés, Blanca Vásquez; puppeteers Daisy Payero, Ana Campos, Angela Cruz, Hector Palacios, Edward Cardenales and Yaremis Felix-Colón. Translation by Antonio Vallés; costume design by William Lorenzen III; set and puppets by José López; and musical direction by Iván Alexander Bautista.

Thursday, July 9th, and Friday, July 10th at 730 PM. and Saturday, July 11th at 3:00 PM

The Christ Church Auditorium, located at 520 Park Avenue ( at 60th St.), NYC.

Tickets at $25.00, available at (212) 529-1545 or
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