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"The Treasures of El Mundo" performed by Children's Theatre Workshop

The Children's Theatre Workshop, hosted by the Department of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University, will perform "The Treasures of El Mundo" at 6 p.m. June 27 in the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

The three-week workshop began June 9. During the workshop, 25 participants ranging from first to seventh grade rehearsed, wrote, conducted character studies and did some design, including costumes, props and the programs.

"We have a lot of kids and we needed to balance the roles and make sure everyone gets a moment on stage," said Ruth Cantrell, director of the Department of Theatre Arts. "So the kids added to my script and created the prologue to the play. They have come up with some clever ideas."

"The Treasure of El Mundo" is about a map to El Mundo, a perfect world created by Mother Nature and her sister Ivy and inhabited by children. All of the children are happy except for a boy name Theous who creates a drink that causes the other children to not care anymore. Soon the characters begin to change, for example Phil becomes Land-Phil and Polly becomes Polly-Lution.

"They explained the maps background and the different characters that helped Mother Nature create the map," Cantrell said.

The new characters include Aero and Atmos, representing air, Hydro, representing water, Terra, representing land, Flora, representing plants and Animas, representing animals.

Along with summer sessions, the Theatre Arts Department holds children's workshops throughout the year. Cantrell started the workshops 24 years ago.

"It is great seeing the growth in the children even after just three weeks," Cantrell said.

The performance of "The Treasures of El Mundo" is free and open to the public. Video cameras are allowed, but no flash photography.

For more information call (575) 646-4517.