The Cinco de Mayo is a huge fiesta commemorating the Mexican victory over Napoleon III's invading forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. It's also a day to celebrate Mexican culture in general, and that means enchiladas, burritos, nachos, fajitas... Did I mention that I liked Mexican food?
Anyway, the first celebration occurred in the town of Columbia in California. When Mexican gold miners heard news of the victory they were filled with patriotic fervour and lit fireworks, fired rifles, started to sing and make speeches (possibly not all at the same time). Nowadays, celebrations occur throughout the US, and south of the border May 5th is a public holiday in the state of Puebla.
Surprisingly, there's not too much information on the Battle of Puebla itself. The best place for further research on the subject is Wiki:
Cinco de Mayo celebrations feature parades, mariachi bands, piñatas and delicious food. It's a chance to enjoy the best of Mexican culture and have a great time with friends.
- Robert -
This play is dynamic, colourful and very funny. There's a host of famous characters from Mexican history including, General Zaragoza, President Juárez and even Zorro- I just had to include Zorro in the play! Also, there are some rather humorous villains, including Napoleon III – “Emperor of the French”. It's the perfect centerpiece for your school's/community's festivities on May 5th.
The play is suitable for performance by children aged 8 to 10. The run-time for the performance is 20 minutes. There is a total of 29 roles; 4 roles are recommended for acting by girls, 5 roles are recommended for performance by boys. With doubling and cutting of roles, the play could be performed by 22 children.
Location and time:
Grandpa's House, Goliad, Texas, May 4th, 2013; various locations in Mexico and France 1861-1862
*Included: Performance rights for 3 performances in 4 years! rights to copy for cast! rights for one video/audio of the performance, suggestions for staging, props & costumes, music ideas. More information about the terms.
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