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LightBox Theatre Company presents the world premiere of ³The Super Cilantro Girl²

LightBox Theatre Company presents the world premiere of “The Super Cilantro Girl”

TURLOCK — LightBox Theatre Company is starting its second season with “The Super Cilantro Girl,” a world premiere production based on the works of U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

“The Super Cilantro Girl” is an original script written by Dr. Arnold Anthony Schmidt, a professor of English at Stanislaus State. The play will follow Herrera’s visit to the Carnegie Arts Center on Sept. 18 as a keynote speaker as part of the Center’s centennial celebration.

The play, targeted for young audiences, will take the stage Oct. 14-23 at the Loft Theatre at the Carnegie Arts Center in Downtown Turlock.

“The Super Cilantro Girl” revolves around the lives of a family of migrant workers: 12-year-old Esmeralda, her younger brother Juanito, Papi, and Mamá. After years on the road, full of hard work and adventures, the family can finally settle down. Now the children must attend new schools, learn a new language, and find their places in the world. Along the way, they discover the power of words and the imagination, as well as the importance of their Mexican-American heritage and its place in California’s Central Valley.

LightBox Theatre Company co-founders Stefani Tsai and Eric Broadwater are directing and designing the production, respectively. The play features local actors from the community and Stanislaus State.

“We are fortunate to be able to work with Dr. Schmidt and Mr. Herrera in presenting this original production to our young audiences,” Tsai said. “One of our missions is to produced adaptations of children’s literature and to develop new works that reflect the history, stories, and culture of our diverse community. ‘The Super Cilantro Girl’ definitely does all of that.”

Last October, LightBox Theatre Company made its debut on the local theatre scene with its presentation of “Bunnicula” before a follow-up this past April with “The

Reluctant Dragon.” Each production attracted more than 700 people attending public or school performances.

For a complete schedule, ticketing and more information about the non-profit theatre organization, please visit

LightBox Theatre Company (LTC) is a non-profit theater organization committed to bringing quality, professional live drama to the youth in and around Turlock. Through public and school based performances, LTC seeks to provide opportunities for local communities’ youth to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired. LTC strive to be one of the first steps in instilling a life-long love of the arts for the young members of our communit

About the Carnegie Arts Center – Turlock

The historic Carnegie Library opened in 1916, and is now one of only a handful of art centers in the region. The Carnegie’s programs include exhibitions, education classes and programs, lectures, and activities in artistic genres as diverse as dance, music, theater and more. At least 25% of all programming is dedicated to children and teens. The Carnegie Arts Center Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Lisa McDermott, Director, (209) 632-5761, x101 or<>

Hung P. Tsai, (209) 485-9260 or<>

LightBox Theatre Company

In association with Carnegie Arts Center



The Stories of Juan Felipe Herrera

Adapted by: Arnold Anthony Schmidt

Directed by: Stefani Tsai

The Loft Theater at Carnegie Arts Center

250 N. Broadway, Turlock

Public Performances:

Friday, Oct. 14 & 21 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15 & 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16 & 23 1 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

School Performances:

Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.

Ticket Prices:

$12 General Admission
$10 C.A.C. Members
$8 Youth/Students with valid ID




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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.