Meadow Mountain Elementary performs play about Diego Rivera
Meadow Mountain Elementary School students will perform “Dieguito,” a play about the boyhood of the famous Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, Friday and Saturday.
The play, written by Douglas Love and directed by Gretta Assaly, features Meadow Mountain students in more than 40 stage roles. Other students work as production and stage managers and on the costume crew. The students have been rehearsing for the past three weeks.
The play is based on Rivera’s boyhood, though he appears as an old man in the play recalling his past. The audience will meet Rivera’s parents, the wise woman, Antonia, people from Rivera’s village and even a parrot and talking goat.
Thanks to school and PTA sponsorship, Assaly has worked with many of the actors since they were in kindergarten. Assaly also works with teachers and students to develop projects in the classroom and theater is used to enhance the entire school curriculum.
The role of Diego will be played by Michael Jones. His parents are played by Kate McGoodwin and Daniel Westerberg. Eric Weiss and Robert Dandy are the village doctors; Emma Porter is Antonia; and Charlie Richards and Lane Sheldon bring their comic talents to the show as the parrot and the talking goat.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Dillon McDonald, Trevor Robbins and Jared Kirkman play Rivera’s friends and Rylee McMillin plays Rivera’s wife, the equally famous artist, Frida Kahlo.
AT A GLANCE
What: Meadow Mountain Elementary School performs “Dieguito”
When: 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Where: Berry Creek Middle School, Edwards
Tickets: $5 for adults; $3 for children; available at the door.
Special offer: If you attend the Friday show and save your ticket, you can get in free Saturday.