LHS Theatre entertains at Dia de los Muertos

LHS Theatre entertains at Dia de los Muertos

The Sheldon Art Gallery was abuzz with activity on Sunday, Oct. 30th as part of an annual celebration of El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead  – a holiday observed in Mexico and some other Latin American countries commemorating the lives of relatives and loved ones who have died. Traditional activities included

Berta Cantu (Kylee Johnson – 9) looks through the window as Salome Molina (Yasmin Perez -12) tries to convince Berta’s boyfriend, Fidel Duran Heladio Perez – 10) that his girlfriend has fallen down a well and died in order to make him appreciate her. Tonia (Cat Nyberg – 9) tries to keep the story straight.”

The Sheldon Art Gallery was abuzz with activity on Sunday, Oct. 30th as part of an annual celebration of El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead  – a holiday observed in Mexico and some other Latin American countries commemorating the lives of relatives and loved ones who have died.

Traditional activities included music by mariachi bands, breads and sweets, crafts, and decorations including skeletons and ofrendas – alters with photos and memorabilia honoring the dead.

As part of the festivities, LHS Theatre students performed a short play for the crowd. Set in Mexico, this year’s show, Sunday Costs Five Pesos, by Josephina Niggli, tells the story of two characters, Fidel Duran [Heladio Perez]  and Berta Cantu [Kylee Johnson], lovers with fiery tempers who have a hard time straightening out a misunderstanding. Berta’s friends, Salome Molina [Yasmine Perez]  and Tonia [Cat Nyberg]  try to help with disastrous, but comical, consequences.

The play, directed by sophomore Tori Hinrichs, was the latest in a tradition of performances at this annual celebration. The show was Hinrichs’ debut as a director.

Fidel (Heladio Perez -10) proposes to Berta (Kylee Johnson -9) once the stories get untangled.”

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