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Best enjoyed by Everyone ages 5 and up

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¡Feliz cumpleaños! It’s Carmela’s birthday, and she’s finally old enough to tag along with her big brother while he runs errands. Join them as they pass by the fenced-off repair shop, the busy bus stop, and Miss Maria’s verdulería. Outside the laundromat, Carmela picks a dandelion and makes several birthday wishes: that she gets a candy machine, a big fancy bed for Mamí like the ones at the hotel where she works, and most importantly, that Papí will be able to come back home soon. When a sudden accident crushes her dandelion before she can make her biggest wish, can her brother help Carmela believe in the power of wishes once again?

Adapted by Alvaro Saar Rios
From the book by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo

Carmela Full of Wishes is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by TRW Plays; 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

  • Run time

    One hour without an intermission

  • Best enjoyed by

    Everyone ages 5 and up

  • Stage

    Cargill Stage

  • Lap Passes

    Due to the capacity of the Cargill Stage, a limited number of lap passes for those 18 months and younger will be available for this production.

Tatyana-Marie Carlo

Carmela Full of Wishes allows us the opportunity to dream and revel in the world around us. Everything is new and exciting, and we get to go along for the ride as Carmela discovers the magic in every wish she makes. I am excited to bring wonder and curiosity to CTC audiences and a story told from a Latine lens written for everyone.

Tatyana-Marie Carlo | Carmela Full of Wishes Director


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Audience photo by Dan Norman at Children's Theatre Company

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Carmela Full of Wishes

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