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Alicia, A Bilingual Play, at Pharr Community Theater, April 4-18

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Pictured from L-R in this rehearsal pic are: Mirari Macias, Robert Flores, Joel Gutierrez, German Salinas, Didier Hernandez, Joaquin D. Tamez, Elsie Macias, and siting on the floor is Zoe Emanuel. Courtesy Image
Pictured from L-R in this rehearsal pic are: Mirari Macias, Robert Flores, Joel Gutierrez, German Salinas, Didier Hernandez, Joaquin D. Tamez, Elsie Macias, and siting on the floor is Zoe Emanuel. Courtesy Image
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The Pharr Community Theater (PCT) a 501 (c) 3 organization established in 2008 by Drs. Elva & Keith Michal with Pedro Garcia has produced nearly 50 plays since its inception. Every year recurring and/or new talent from all over the RGV, from all ages, depending on the roles, audition to win a part.

Poster designed by Sergio Luna

“Theatre is popular and continues to draw new people every day, either to try acting or to continue practicing something they’ve always wanted to try, acting. PCT conducts open auditions practically 3 to 4 times a year,” said Pedro Garcia, PCT’s artistic Director & Co-Producer of Alicia.

Alicia, a bilingual one-act-play adapted by Elaine Romero is based on Alice in Wonderland, the famed story by Lewis Carroll. -Directed by UTRGV Film & Theater Design Graduate, Dalia Bouchée. The company cast for Alicia consists of 18 children & adults, from the RGV, ranging in ages 7 to 30. 

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Nine-year-old Mirari Macias from San Juan plays a younger version of Alicia, Robert Flores, 8 years old, from La Joya plays Alfredito the Hamster and 16-year-old Jaylynn Rubio from Alamo plays the older version of Alicia. Courtesy Image

The story follows Alicia, played respectively by 16 year old Jaylynn Rubio from Alamo and by 9 year-old Mirari Macias from San Juan as the younger Alicia. When Alicia’s mom, played by Deisy Sanjuán, from South Padre, Island, sends her daughter to her room to learn a lesson, her little pet hamster, Alfredito, escapes from his cage and goes down a mouse hole. Alicia trying to fetch him follows down the hole…only to be taken through a maze of quirky, magical places where she meets Humpty Dumpty, The Hatter, A Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, a Queen and other unusual characters. Alicia encounters strange situations that occur in Wonderlandia, including living backwards and reacting ahead of time to things that have not happened yet but will happen, and other mannerisms that don’t seem normal to her. Once Alicia is able to find her hamster and return home, she discovers that the only person who can change you is yourself…well sorta.

The play, made possible through licensing with Playscripts Inc., is open to all ages and especially children. The story is presented with about 40% Spanish and about 60% English, mixed together, and will play from April 4 though April 7 at Pharr Community Theater with showtimes on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm. Matinees will be held on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 3pm. Afterwards the show travels to the new Pharr One Center at 1121 E Nolana Loop in Pharr on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm and finally at the DRC Center is South Pharr at 850 W Dicker Road, Thursday April 18 at 7:30 pm.

Advance tickets, online, are $6 for children under 13 and $8 for anyone older than 13 (no surcharge) and are available at www.pharrcommunitytheater.com Advance tickets are recommended, especially for PCT performances where seating is limited. Tickets will be sold at the door upon availability for an extra $2 each. For more information please text 956-532-3383 or 956-655-9308.

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