“Juanito and His Tales” Enjoyed by Siouxland in 2017!
Children of all ages enjoyed the performance at the Betty Strong Encounter Center on April 9. Written and directed by Lorenzo Sandoval, a visiting Dimmit fellow at Morningside College, “Juanito and His Tales” draws on the textures and colors of Mexican folk tales. The story opens with a very mischievous Juanito, a lively boy from a small Mexican village, being transformed into a toad by a village sorcerer for his pranks and ill-doings. Juanito is very sad at the aspect of being a toad for the rest of his life so he calls on the magical skills of La Luna and El Sol….who give him hope of returning to his life as a boy. The play assists children in understanding the importance of being who you are and compassion for those around you.
Children and adults were very taken by the acting and were pulled into the tale with questions from the actors and opportunities to respond. A delightful and cultural- centered piece where
one remembers how important it is to hand stories down from generation to generation.
Thank you, Mr. Sandoval for a wonderful experience into the world of Juanito.
Performances were by Morningside College students and community actor, Bill McKenny. Juanito was performed by Engels Perez Boscan of Caracas, Venezuela.