The Magical Piñata

Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma


A seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her small town of “Zapotoco” to a mysterious jungle filled with eccentric characters. Cucha encounters Parrot Rivera, a jungle muralist who paints the future, Señor Chapulin, a soccer star with the heart of the present, and Burro Burrito, a farmer that plows the past. But the evil Monkey King and his silly Sidekick know the clay pot is really a magical piñata and scheme to steal it from her. Through Cucha’s musical journey, she discovers magic in the mundane, cultural pride, and the power of sharing.


“A fun-filled romp that fits the holiday season with lessons for all to treasure and enjoy…filled with powerful messages, marvelous characters, charming music, and dance”- DC Theatre Scene


Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD
Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

The Magical Piñata was commissioned and premiered by Washington DC’s Playwrights Forum and Imagination Stage in 1999, and won the Actors’ Playhouse’s National Children’s Theatre Festival in 2000.

Ruth Diaz and Danie Rodriguez, Keegan Theatre.
Photo Credit: Mike Kozemchak

The Magical Piñata is published by the Dramatic Publishing Company.


“I highly recommend this show as a way to take in some culture, escape the madness of the holiday season, and revel in the softer parts of human nature that make life beautiful.” – DCMetroTheaterArts


Musical Numbers


2. LAS MAÑANITAS - Señor Cumpleaños

3. EL BURRO - Burro Burrito

4. SEÑOR CHAPULIN - Señor Chapulin

5. THE MONKEY KING - Monkey King,  Sidekick

6. PARROT RIVERA - Parrot Rivera, Cucha
6. PARROT RIVERA - Parrot Rivera, Cucha

7. DALE! DALE! DALE! - Cucha


Imagination Stage's Deaf Access Company, Bethesda, MD
Imagination Stage’s Deaf Access Company, Bethesda, MD

Production Elements

Danie Rodriguez and Ruth Diaz, Keegan Theatre.
Photo Credit: Mike Kozemchak

Cast: 2 Women, 2 Men, with doubling (or 10 individual characters. Optional Chorus)

ACTOR 1 – Cucha
ACTOR 2 – Grandmother, Sidekick

ACTOR 3 – Kid, Señor Cumpleanos, Burro Burrito, Señor Chapulin, Parrot Rivera
ACTOR 4 – Father, Monkey King

Music: Traditional songs and original music based on traditional Mexican Folk styles, including the Ranchera, Jarocho, Bolero, Corrido & Son Jalisco. Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Low
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: Pre-School/Elementary/Families


KAREN ZACARÍAS (Book & Lyrics) was recently hailed by American Theatre magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the United States. Her plays include Destiny of DesireNative GardensMariela in the DesertLegacy of LightThe Book Club Play and The Sins of Sor Juana; adaptations include Into the Beautiful NorthJust Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent. Zacarías has written 10 TYA musicals with composer Debbie Wicks La Puma including Oliverio: A Brazilian TwistElla Enchanted: The MusicalChasing George Washington: A White House AdventureEinstein Is a DummyLooking for Roberto ClementeFrida LibreJane of the JungleCinderella Eats Rice and BeansFerdinand the Bull and The Magical Piñata. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her plays have been produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Theater Center and many more. Zacarías is a core founder of the Latino Theater Commons, a national network that strives to update the American narrative to including the stories of Latinos. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C., and she is proud to be Arena Stage’s first resident playwright. Zacarías lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children.

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page


Buy the Magical Piñata script from Dramatic Publishing – $9.50

Andres Alejandro and Amanda Leigh Corbett, Keegan Theatre.
Photo Credit: Mike Kozemchak

No demo of The Magical Piñata is available for purchase.
Meanwhile, visit Crunchynotes on Bandcamp to purchase other show tunes!

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