WINONA, Minn. — The Page Series at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota presents Mexico Beyond Mariachi in “Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure” Friday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. The family-friendly production explores the Mexican cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

“Sugar Skull!” tells the story of 12-year-old Vita Flores, a born-and-raised New Yorker struggling to connect with her Mexican heritage. But when a spirited Día de los Muertos decoration decides to help out, Vita must navigate a colorful and mysterious cementerio populated with trickster chaneques, colorful calacas, ancient ancestors, a bewildering bruja, and even the famous Catrina Calavera. With an excitable candy skeleton as her friend and guide, Vita discovers the true meaning of Día de los Muertos through stories, songs, and more. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this one-hour, colorful stage production is fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.

To help families prepare for the performance, the Page Series will partner with the Winona Public Library for a Día de los Muertos-themed story time event on Saturday, Oct. 5, at noon at 151 W. 5th St. Families will enjoy story time and crafts inspired by the production. This event, held at the library, is free for all and does not require registration.

Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers, and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. The company’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part in the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes present in all of Mexico Beyond Mariachi’s work.

Tickets for “Sugar Skull!” are $12 for the general public and $8 for youth ages 17 and younger. For more information, a video preview, and to order tickets, visit pagetheatre.org. Tickets may also be ordered through the Saint Mary’s Performance Center box office by calling 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays).

About the Page Series

Now in its 33rd season, the Page Series connects professional performing artists from around the globe with thousands of Winonans each year. With events at the Joseph Page Theatre on the Winona Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, as well as at locations across the Winona community, the Page Series offers dance, music, and theatre performances, workshops, classes, and more that inspire, uplift, educate, and invite community members to discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Community Programs Sponsors:

Page Series community programs are made possible, in part, through a grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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