A new bilingual opera by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire
Based on the Mexican folk tale, Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena tells the story of how the poinsettia became a meaningful symbol of the holiday season. Audience members have the added opportunity to participate in the Poinsettia Project -- an initiative to empower students to identify and celebrate their inner strength.
The opera unfolds as young Lucinda and her mother make a blanket together. They plan to give it as a gift at a Christmas Eve celebration, but Lucinda's mother grows very sick and they cannot finish it in time. As Lucinda finds the strength to attend the celebration alone, with just wildflowers to share, a holiday miracle teaches her that giving from the heart is more important than the gift itself.