The Magic Kite | Children's Theatre Tour | Theatre and Dance at Wayne

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Children's Theatre Tour

Each spring, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance tours a children’s theatre production free of charge to Detroit Public Schools Community District. Our mission is to engage Detroit children in a performing arts experience that excites and educates them. Title and dates are subject to change.

This Year's Touring Production

The Magic Kite

The Magic Kite (El papalote mágico)
By José Cruz González
Inspired by the artwork of Rosalia Torres-Weiner

This tour has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full statement here.

 

The Magic Kite (El papalote mágico) is an inspirational story of how a family leans on love and hope during a difficult time. Although the family in this story is dealing specifically with deportation, the idea of separation in families is a universal struggle that affects all types of families. Stories such as this remind us of strength found in memories, hope and our own ability to believe.Based on the artwork of Mexican–American artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner, The Magic Kite shares a child’s view of deportation.The show’s protagonist, Tito, builds a magic kite to visit his father, Emilio, who has been deported to Mexico. The Magic Kite is a story about hope that universally impacts all families who have suffered a separation or loss. Ultimately, it’s a look at a political issue through the very apolitical eyes of a boy, who doesn’t quite understand why he and his father are separated.

The Magic Kite (El papalote mágico)was inspired by the artwork of Rosalia Torres-Weiner and was originally commissioned by and produced at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Study Guide

Download our study guide, crafted to assist teachers and parents in preparing their students and children for the performance.

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