‘Cri Cri’ Presentation at Civic Center Aprll 21

TAMIU Dance Students Perform to
Cri-Cri: The Singing Cricket

“Cri-Cri: El Grillito Cantor” (Cri Cri: The Singing Cricket) returns to delight children of all ages at the Texas A&M International University 2006 Spring Dance Concert on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Laredo Civic Center.

This event is free and open to the public and made possible by support provided by the University’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Fine and Performing Arts and The City of Laredo.

The concert includes performances by TAMIU students currently enrolled in the dance program. The concert features costumed characters that come to life in a variety of dances including “El gato del barrio” (The Barrio Cat), “Caminito a la esculea” (The Little Walk to School), “Los ratones bomberos” (The Firefighter Mice), “La rusiana” (The Russian Bear), “El ratón vaquero” (The Cowboy Mouse), and many other favorites.

The program will feature various types of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, tap and Spanish dance.

There will also be two separate performances during the day for students from Laredo Independent School District, United ISD and local private schools at 9 and 11 a.m.

“Cri-Cri,” originally created by the Mexican-born Francisco Gabilondo Soler as a radio educational show teaching children positive values, reached its fame in México and Latin America in the 1940s and has continued to be a popular icon since. “Cri-Cri’s” story starts with Pancho and Teté, who children who must spend the weekend at their grandmother’s house. At first, they are not convinced they will have a good time at their grandmother’s, but are intrigued by her attic, full of forgotten objects like dolls, old jars, furniture and an old radio. Soon, they meet Cri-Cri, a cricket who guides them through a world of adventures, mischief and unique places.

For more information, please contact Bede Leyendecker, assistant professor of dance, at 326.2625, e-mail bleyendecker@tamiu.edu, or visit offices in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, room 115.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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