"Q ue pasa ?" The problem is serious. Mrs. Tomato cannot ripen (" es horrible ") and Senor Sandia --Mr. Watermelon--is losing seeds at an alarming rate. The color red-- rojo --is missing from the rainbow.
In Teatro para los Ninos' musical "Rainbow Red," it's up to Don Quixote to save the day.
Crammed with messages and good intentions, this bilingual production for children--the first in a new program from the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts--contains a mitigating dash of appeal as well.
Cervantes' Don Quixote, now a handsome young caballero espanol (Marc Cardiff) dressed in rusty armor, has a full day's work here. He must help young Alicia (Teresa Velarde) conquer her fears ("Don't be afraid to try, to dream, to cry," he sings). He must quell Mr. Pollution and Graffiti (both played by Armando Di Lorenzo, who also plays a third role--Quixote's steed Rocinante) and make conditions safe for Rainbow Red (Mary Bermudez, a vamp in red gown and sequins).
Oh, yes--the theme of brotherhood must be musically addressed: "We're a rainbow of colors sharing this space."
Co-written by Estela Scarlata and Carmen Zapata with music by Dick Hamilton, the songs and dialogue are a pleasing mixture of Spanish and English. The production, directed by Jonathan Lucas, has toured elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and is plainly meant to be educational.