Portland’5 Sugar Skull

Portland’5 Sugar Skull

Sugar Skull!
A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure

Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton on her abuelita’s cemetery ofrenda suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Meet Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton who dreams of riding the exclusive train to Who-Knows-Where. Along with her skeletal new friend, Vita dances with ancient ancestors, sings with a sorrowful sorceress, escapes the trickster Chaneques, and even meets the famous Catrina Calavera. But can this clever youth help him get on the train before it’s too late?

Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.

Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part in the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi bring to our shows as well as to our extensive arts-in-education offerings (residencies, workshops, and lecture demonstrations).

About Mexico Beyond Mariachi

Curriculum Requirements & Themes


To be posted in early October

Reserve Seats

Before you begin reserving seats, please review the following details:

WHAT: Mexico Beyond Mariachi presents Sugar Skull!

SHOW DATE: November 18th, 2019

TIME: 11am-12pm

WHERE: Newmark Theatre


  • Reservation sign-ups will be awarded on a access and exposure not necessarily first-come, first-served basis. You'll be notified via email confirmation whether or not your reservation is granted.

  • If multiple teachers are bringing several students from one school, a lead teacher can enter the information in for all the other teachers. Otherwise, each individual teacher will need to reserve their own space.

  • Teachers are responsible for having the school's secretary call PPS or your District Transportation Services to order buses to the event. The PPS number is 503-916-6901. Indicate that Portland'5 will be the responsible paying party.

  • Please review the study guide and plan to incorporate it into your curriculum. Teachers will also be asked to do a short, post-show evaluation to provide any additional narrative of the experience.
    Please do not directly contact Portland'5 or the theater venue.


CURRICULUM GUIDE: Uploaded in early October

TO RESERVE SEATS: Fill out the form below:

Sugar Skull! Performance Reservation Request 2019


If you have any further questions about the project, please contact Kristen Brayson, Program Administrator for Visual & Performing Arts, at kbrayson@pps.net.