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Creating Mateo’s Mother and Sister

Creating Mateo’s Mother and Sister

Swazzle’s bilingual, musical puppet show Dream Carver tells the story of Mateo, a young Oaxacan woodcarver who dreams of fantastic, brightly colored animals that he is impelled to “carve to life.” Initially created to be performed at libraries, schools and other small- to medium-sized venues, the show is now being expanded to a full theatrical production that will debut in the 300-seat?Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Every aspect of the the show is being enhanced, from the backdrop to the cast. This entails the creation of several new puppets, notably Mateo’s mother and sister. While the smaller version of Dream Carver focused on Mateo and his relationship with his father, the larger version enriches the family dynamic with these characters. Mateo’s mother will add a supportive voice as she encourages her son to learn the family craft. Mateo’s sister will provide new charm and comic opportunities as she and Mateo joke with one another in the way siblings do.


Mateo's mother


Mateo's sister


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