First Day, Nueva Escuela

Brave Little Company
No matter what story Tía Elena suggests, Xiomara is not interested! L-R: Elissa Cuellar as Xiomara and Jeana Magallon as Tía Elena. Photo by Alan Nguyen.

First Day, Nueva Escuela is the story of a girl who overcomes her fear of starting class at a new school (and of reading) by writing herself into the stories. Tía Elena wants to make sure Xiomara is ready for her first day at a new school, but no matter what story she suggests they read, Xiomara always finds a reason not to like it. And now there’s just one day left before school starts!

Reluctant readers and English language learners will be inspired to get into books. An original work from Brave Little Company, First Day, Nueva Escuela draws inspiration from summer reading list favorites such as The Interrupting Chicken, Carmela Full of Wishes, Tía Isa Wants a Car, A Chair for My Mother, or the Mo Willems books. The play is easily understood by speakers of English and Spanish, and its interactive storytelling helps audiences find compassion and empathy for the stories of others.

First Day, Nueva Escuela was created by Elissa Cuellar, Kristy Lozano, Jeana Magallon, and Troy Scheid.

Brave Little Company, based in Houston, Texas, creates theatre for kids and their grown-ups. We reflect Houston’s diversity in the stories we tell and the artists who tell them. Performance support funding may be available through Texas Commission on the Arts or Mid America Arts Alliance.

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