Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale

March 19 - May 4, 2025

A Salsa Fairy Tale

Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Vanessa Severo

What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising climactic question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical, which delightfully turns the classic fairy tale on its head, telling the story from both Cinderella and the “stepsister’s” perspective. Cinderella, a newcomer from Puerto Rico, comes to visit her “stepsister,” Rosa, in the United States. The catch … Cinderella only speaks Spanish and Rosa only speaks English. Will these two girls be able to reach an understanding at the (basket) ball game? With a fairy godfather and other delightful twists to the original story, Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale crosses language and gender barriers, weaving a subtle lesson on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect. Boys and girls will be cheering in their seats. Lauded by audiences, theaters, schools, and academics, Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale is a groundbreaking bilingual children’s musical from the award-winning team of playwright Karen Zacarías and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma.

for everyone

Approx. Length: 60 Minutes

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Special Performances

Throughout the run of the show, there are several special performances:

  • Opening Night: March 21 at 7 pm
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performance: April 5 at 1:30 pm
  • Audio Described Performances with verbal commentary to assist patrons who are visually impaired: April 11 at 10 am and April 12 at 10:30 am
  • Sensory Friendly Performances for neurodiverse audiences featuring technical adjustments, sensory supports, house lights on and flexible audience expectations: April 11 at 10 am and April 12 at 10:30 am

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Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department’s student staffed agency, MICRO. Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale design by Paige Arnold with title lettering by Megan Cason.

Additional funding for this production is provided by: