Children’s Theatre Performs “Bocón”

Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

The children’s theatre class will be putting on a production of Bocón, a comedy/drama by Lisa Loomer. It will be held in the New Black Box at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on December 13 as well as on December 14 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a middle school workshop. The play explores freedom of speech and expression with rhythm, using both Spanish and English.

The central character, Miguel, is a young boy afraid of using his voice since soldiers are occupying his town somewhere south of the border. Due to his family wishing him to escape to the north, he gains an unlikely guide and friend by the name of La Llorona, a figure from Mexicano/Chicano folklore that haunts and scares the young and old alike.

“We put a lot of time into researching the aspects of immigration, especially how immigration affects youth,” children’s theatre teacher Lydia Coats stated. “It was interesting to try and combine the topic of immigration with the mysticism in the play.”

Bocón will be performed in the New Black Box, and admission is free.