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'The Brave Little Tailor' is March 10-11


Twenty-five young actors, ages 7-19, in two casts will perform in A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley’s (ACT) spring production of “The Brave Little Tailor,” adapted by Brian Guehring from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

Mike DerrGuitar and Destiny Rios-Bain are directing the show’s Red Cast, and Luis Castro and Hunter Campbell are directing the Green Cast.

In the play, jesters, speaking in verse, introduce a young tailor “who has been discounted his entire life because he is small,” according to dramaticpublishing.com. “he young tailor, however, dreams of fighting dragons, and during one vivid fantasy he manages to kill seven flies in one blow. The tailor is brought before the cowardly king and his beautiful stepdaughter. The tailor then must find his own courage (with the help of the princess and the jesters) to battle a rampaging unicorn, two troublesome giants and a fierce dragon.”

“Our performances of ‘The Brave Little Tailor’ are fast approaching,” said ACT Executive Director Sue Rexroth. “The actors and directors from both casts have been working very hard and are excited to share with you the magic they have created!”

School performances are at 9:45 a.m. and noon Fridays, March 3 and 10.

Public performances are 7 p.m. Friday, March 3 and 10 and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and 11.

Performances are at Rio Grande Theatre (RGT), 211 N. Main St. downtown.

Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door. Non-live streaming tickets are $15. For tickets, visit www.achildrenstheatre.org/ticket-purchase.

Auditions, summer camp

ACT will hold auditions for “Luchadora!” by Alvaro Saar Rios, 5-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, with callbacks 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Auditions will be held at the ACT studio, 1206 E. Idaho Ave. Directors Jazmin Buchman and Destiny Rios will cast children in grades K-12 and adults ages 18 and older in the show. Rehearsals will begin April 3. Performances are scheduled for April 28-29 at RGT.

ACT’s summer camp production will be “Fairy Tale Misfits,” by Jeff Fluharty. The show, to be directed by Hunter Campbell and Delaney Sivils, will be for children in grades K-12. Performances will be June 30-July 1 at RGT.

New rehearsal space needed

ACT is seeking a new rehearsal space and has set up a GoFundMe page with a fundraising goal of $6,000. Visit gofundme.com, click on “Search” and enter “ACT Needs a New Studio Space!”


The nonprofit ACT was established in 1993. Its first public performance, in March 1994, was “Yippee for the Wild West,” performed for a full house at NMSU’s Corbett Center small auditorium. ACT staff in addition to Rexroth are show coordinator Ann Marie Vasquez and artistic director Luis Castro.

Contact ACT at 575-571-1413 and achildrenstheatre@gmail.com.

Visit www.achildrenstheatre.org and www.facebook.com/achildrenstheatreofthemesillavalley.