Ticket Giveaway for Carmela Full of Wishes at Children's Theatre Co.

October 18-December 4, 2022, Best enjoyed by children 5 and up

November 1, 2022

Cast and Creative Team for Carmela Full of Wishes Announced

Minneapolis, Minn.—Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the cast and creative team that will bring to life Carmela Full of Wishes, adapted by Alvaro Saar Rios from the book by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson, and directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo (Trinity Rep Resident Company Member and Associate, Fade (Trinity Rep), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Public Theatre)). Regina Garcia serves as Scenic Designer, Shahrzad Mazaheri as Costume Designer, lighting is designed by Paul Whitaker, and Victor Zupanc is the composer and sound designer. The role of Carmela is played by Veronica Albee, Luca La Hoz Calassara and Emanuel (Manny) Lopez alternating as Miguel, Nora Montañez is Mamí, and Pedro R. Bayón is Papí. 

Director Tatyana-Marie Carlo stated, “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.”

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, can her brother help Carmela believe in the power of wishes once again?

“We are thrilled to bring Carmela Full of Wishes to the stage,” stated CTC’s Artistic Director, Peter C. Brosius. “It is a tale of hope, possibility, joy, and the power of wishes. It is a story born out of the dilemma of so many families facing immigration challenges and the difficulties of being separated from each other. Alvaro Saar Rios has adapted the beautiful book by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson to create a play filled with the immense joy of celebrating a birthday, the intense longing for a family to be reunited, and delight of a young girl finding her strength and imagining a new future.”

Carmela Full of Wishes runs October 18 through December 4, 2022, in the Cargill Stage, this show is best for ages five and up. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the ticket office at 612.874.0400. Ticket prices range from $15-$54. Carmela Full of Wishes is proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo. 

Carmela Full of Wishes
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
October 18-December 4, 2022
Cargill Stage
Best for ages 5 and up

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.

Creative Team

Director | Tatyana-Marie Carlo

Scenic Designer | Regina Garcia

Costume Designer | Shahrzad Mazaheri

Lighting Designer | Paul Whitaker

Composer/Sound Designer | Victor Zupanc

Dialect Coach | Keely Wolter

Assistant Director | Jess Yates

Stage Manager | Isabella Patt

Assistant Stage Manager | Cortney Gilliam

Stage Management Fellow | Jiccarra N. Hollman


Carmela | Veronica Albee

Miguel | Luca La Hoz Calassara, Emanuel (Manny) Lopez

Mamí/Hunched Old Lady/La Paleta Lady/Bodego Owner | Nora Montañez

Papí/Señor Lopez/Flower Boy | Pedro Bayon


Carmela | Maya Haugen

Mamí/Hunched Old Lady/La Paleta Lady/Bodego Owner | Kiko Laureano

Papí/Señor Lopez/Flower Boy | Adán Varela

More information on the Cast and Crew can be found HERE.

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for more than 250,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for regional theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to creating world-class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.

CTC is the most significant provider of accessible theatre education opportunities in the region. Every year, thousands of children experience theatre for the first time at CTC. Our student matinees and education programs demonstrably benefit the community, from the intergenerational conversations sparked by our world premieres, to the sequential skill-building that happens in our Theatre Arts Training, to the pre-K focus of our Early Childhood Initiative. ACT One is CTC’s comprehensive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community.

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Ticket Giveaway (Enter Below)

Three family 4 packs will be drawn from all valid entries to receive vouchers to exchange for tickets to attend the Minnesota Children's Theatre performance of, "Carmela Full of Wishes" for an available performance now through December 4, 2022. 

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Entries will be accepted Wednesday, November 2, 2022  through Sunday, November 6, 2022 at noon.  Winners will be contacted via email after giveaway ends.  No purchase necessary. Must be 18 or older and a Macaroni Kid Subscriber to win. Only one entry per household please. We NEVER sell or distribute a subscriber's email address or information in any way, though the winner's name and email may be shared with giveaway sponsor for purpose of coordinating prize redemption.
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