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 makes an appearance. 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
GRANDPA: Cinco de Mayo is about even more than that my young friends! It is about the bravery of ordinary Mexicans and their leader: General Ignacio Zaragoza, who was born right here in our town.
LUISA: In Goliad, Texas?
GRANDPA: Yes, but back then it was called Bahía del Espíritu Santo. Hey, I've got a book that explains everything you need to know about Cinco de Mayo.
LUISA: Would you read it to us, Grandpa?
GRANDPA: With pleasure, Luisa. Just remember children, “In youth we learn, in old age we understand.”
LUIS: What does that mean?
GRANDPA: I don't know, but I think it has nothing to do with nachos.
(NARRATOR 1 hands book entitled “Everything you need to know about Cinco de Mayo” to Grandpa.)
GRANDPA: Gracias. (Reading from book.) On July 17th, 1861, newly elected Mexican President, Benito Juárez, had to decide what to do about the nation's debt problem.
(Enter PRESIDENT JUÁREZ from left, deep in thought. Grandpa, Luis and Luisa sit on sofa.)
PRESIDENT JUÁREZ: There's just no money left and our economy is in ruins! It's the consequence of that disastrous war with America, oh, and a couple of civil wars. I'm going to have to take a drastic decision: we'll suspend all debt payments to the international banks for two years. (Pause.) The banks will understand: I'm sure they are compassionate and caring people really. (To audience.) You agree, right?
(Enter TWO BANKERS from right.)
BANKER 1: No, we're not!
BANKER 2: We're totally without mercy and thoroughly unreasonable!
BANKER 1: Declare a debt moratorium and...
BANKER 1 and BANKER 2: (Together; pointing.) ...you'll regret it, Benito!
(Exit Two Bankers to right.)
PRESIDENT JUÁREZ: Hmm, maybe I was wrong about the “compassionate and caring” side of international bankers. Anyway, it's not as if they'll invade or anything, is it? So, there's completely nothing to worry about. Adiós!
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 also enchiladas, burritos, nachos, fajitas...
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: wikipedia Battle_of_Puebla .
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.
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