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Bilingual musical at NMSU explores gender issues

In "Mariachi Girl," a bilingual musical playing later this month at New Mexico State University, young Carmencita dreams about being a mariachi singer. Carmencita longs to sing alongside her father. However, he clings to a long-held family tradition of male-only mariachis.

Poster with a young girl and the title of the play “Mariachi Girl”
Three performances of "Mariachi Girl," a bilingual musical, will be presented at the Associated Students of New Mexico State University Center for the Arts Oct. 20 and Oct. 21.

Can she celebrate her own heritage and expand on her father’s view of the world?

"Mariachi Girl," directed by Layle Chambers, is an uplifting and original family drama about reaching for your dreams filled with passion and vibrant mariachi music. The show runs for three performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave.

Mariachi is a musical expression that dates back to at least 19th century Western Mexico and is a tradition that can be defined by eight socio-musical elements: mariachi instrumentation and texture, musical genres and sub genres, performance methods and styles, singing styles and forms, dance styles, performative space, performance clothing and the word "mariachi."

The musical is based on a book by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce with music and lyrics by Hector Martinez Morales.

This performance is not included in the season subscription. Tickets start at $17 and are available online at http://nmsu.life/20 or by calling 575-646-4515 and at the Pan American Center, 1810 E. University Ave. For more information call 575-646-1420 or visit www.nmsutheatre.com .