by Zach Theatre

Apr. 17 - May. 31, 2015

Cenicienta is a bilingual stage-adaptation of the tale of Cinderella, infused with puppetry, Mexican culture and humor.  Cenicienta learns to embrace her culture, familia, and the power of language to unlock her true potential.  This production is in collaboration with Teatro Vivo.

Written by Rupert Reyes and Caroline Reck;  Directed by Caroline Reck; Produced in collaboration with Teatro Vivo.

A bilingual staging of the Cinderella story in collaboration with Teatro Vivo. Written and directed by Caroline Reck of Glass Half Full Theatre and co-written by Rupert Reyes of Teatro Vivo, this bilingual stage-adaptation of Cinderella is infused with found-item puppetry, Mexican culture, and humor.

Easily understood by Spanish and English speakers alike, Cenicienta learns to embrace her culture, familia, and the power of language to unlock her true potential.

This production marks the second time that ZACH Theatre will be co-producing with Teatro Vivo, furthering their commitment to bilingual theatre and engaging the Latino/a community in Austin.


“ZACH is committed to doing a bilingual play for young audiences every year. We serve over 50,000 students, and more than 60% are Latino. It is important for us to tell stories that represent them and their lives. We chose Cinderella to explore the theme of empowerment, the empowerment of a young girl who finds the confidence to overcome a difficult situation,” ZACH Theatre Education Director Nat Miller said.

Co-writer and Teatro Vivo Artistic Director Rupert Reyes explains, “We want to highlight what we consider to be the meaning of 'Cinderella':Someone rises above challenges and has an unrecognized or hidden talent tha tmakes this possible. We found that many of the youth are Cinderella-like in that they have to overcome many obstacles in order to succeed and that their talents have yet to be discovered. We want to create a play that allows our Cinderella to succeed by using her talents, not her beauty.“

Executive Producers of Cenicienta are Carla Tyson, Carolyn and Marc Seriff, with Latinworks as Supporting Sponsor, Texas Gas Service as Ensemble Sponsor, and Univision Austin as Official Spanish Language Media Partner.

(photo of Gricelda Silva by Teatro Vivo)

by Rupert Reyes, Caroline Reck
Zach Theatre

April 17 - May 31, 2015
Zach Theatre
1510 Toomey Road
Austin, TX, 78704

April 17-May 31, 2015  Friday opening,  Saturday performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.,  Sunday May 3 at 2 and 4:30 p.m.
ZACH's Whisenhunt stage • Ages 5 and up. 

View performance dates and purchase tickets or call 512-476-0541 x1

Special events in celebration of Cenicienta include:

·      Celebration of the Con Mi Madre Essay Competition winners: April 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

o   Con Mi Madre students are participating in an essay competition exploring the idea of empowering yourself through your culture. Five finalists will be honored with their mothers, and two scholarship winners will be announced at this performance.

·      Sensory Friendly Performance on May 17, 2015 at 2 p.m.

o   ZACH Theatre’s Sensory Friendly performances are tailored to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. These performances feature modified sound volumes and lighting levels, the use of glow sticks to indicate sources of sound, movement, or light. All seating will be general admission to accommodate individual family needs. Each family will have more space to spread out in the theatre before, during, and after the performance. Families will be allowed to come and go as needed during the performance and we will provide quiet space in the lobby. Staff will be on hand to help with any of our guests’ needs.

Tickets to Cenicienta start at $12 for children and $15 for adults, and are available online, by phone at 512-476-0541 ext. 1, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd. (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar Blvd.) Monday through Saturday, noon – 7 p.m. 

ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.