River, Jose. Marcela de la Luz Lights the World. Dramatic Publishing, 1998. ISBN 0-87129-894-5. 52 pp. A 5+ Reviewed by Elneeta Timmons This charming play is about Maricela de la Luz and her brother Riccardo, who go on a great fairytale-like adventure one sunny winter day in San Diego. The adventure begins when a huge blizzard suddenly hits San Diego, and only San Diego. As the siblings fight off polar bears and other creatures, they learn that the Sun God, Hunahpu, has been captured. In order for everything return to normal they must find Loki, the trickster God who kidnapped Hunahpu. This isnÆt as easy as it sounds. While looking for Loki, the children encounter numerous mythical beings, like a cyclops, a seven-headed Hydra, Jason and the Argonauts, and a happy and sad face whose bodies disappeared when Hunahpu vanished. After facing numerous challenges, young Maricela and Riccardo are able to find Hunahpu, who restores everything to its original state. This very imaginative play requires a creative and professional group. This play contains mild profanity and may be offensive to some audiences. A lot of Spanish is also used throughout the play. The use of puppetry could enhance this play. The nineteen characters can be done by three men and three women.
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