Giant Puppets Making Border Issues Larger Than Life

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A group of UTRGV Theatre students are taking border issues and making them larger than life.

The Latino Theatre Initiative Group uses giant puppets, better known as Mojigangas, as a means of education outside of the classroom.

Maria Alvarado, former Latino Theatre Initiative President said, “They’re used a lot in Guanajuato, especially in San Miguel de Allende.”

Now they’re here in the Rio Grande Valley to educate little ones about social issues.

“We want to show them in a fun way. It’s something that they can learn, they can see something new. They could see some entertainment in the middle of all this.” Said Alvarado.

The UTRGV Department of Theatre created the mojigangas to bring part of that Mexican culture back to the valley. They even wrote an original play to perform at different schools.

Alvarado said, “It’s about immigration, having to do with our culture specifically on the border, it has to do with immigration in a very playful way. You have footage from the pulga in Alamo, and you have music.”

The student group spent weeks testing different ways to create the mojigangas.

Alvarado adds, “Looking at YouTube videos, looking at how they make them and things like that. And one of them, which is the one we carried through, was to make them kind of like a piñata.”

Despite the days it took to create them, Alvarado said they’re a good way to get people talking about issues that matter.

If you’d like to catch the mojigangas in action, the Latino Theatre Initiative group will host a performance on October 12 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex.

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