By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Victor Valley College’s Theatre Arts Department is producing a first ever bilingual musical for children, here in the Victor Valley. “The Adventures of Mr. Coconut Las Aventuras de Señor Coco” was conceived and co-authored by former Hesperia resident Siana-Lea Valencia Gildard, a 1992 graduate of Hesperia High School.
Siana (pronounced Shawna) originally got the idea for this story while with her husband, Edgar Aguirre, on their honeymoon in the coconut growing west coast region of Mexico. It was originally thought of as a bilingual, Spanish and English, children’s story. She and her writing partner, Patricia Marsac, soon turned it into a bilingual musical writing both the script and lyrics. Aaron Wiggins, Patricia’s husband, along with Doc Rogers wrote the music for the production.
“The Adventures of Mr. Coconut” was originally produced in the Thousand Oaks area of Ventura County and performed in a local theatre. The production also toured at many of the elementary schools, in the region. Its initial run culminated with a performance at the Ford Amphitheatre, in Hollywood, where over 1,500 Los Angeles city school students saw the production.
The viewing of this unique musical production at Victor Valley College is the first ever, outside of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. It is written in such a manner that if you have little or no knowledge of Spanish you will understand the entire plot of the show. The same is true if you understand Spanish but have little or no English knowledge.
“The Adventures of Mr. Coconut” is a delightful show about the characters of Fruit Village and their nemesis Jaguar and Coyote. It will be enjoyed by children of all ages, from the ages of 3 to 103. It opted at the Performing Arts Center of Victor Valley College on Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. Other performances are Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m.; Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 16 at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for Seniors and Teens, and children under 12 are Free.
Order your tickets now as this very special production is expected to sell out quickly. www.vvc.edu/tix