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Viva! El Paso celebrates 40 years with new additions to the show

Courtesy: Viva El Paso Facebook

Viva! El Paso is back to celebrate 40 years at McKelligon Canyon.

The historical performance returns for 14 shows June 16 through July 29 at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater.

Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Show organizers said the shows on July 21 and July 22 will be performed in Spanish.

The show, created by Hector Serrano in 1978 is a musical performance depicting the four centuries of El Paso’s history.

El Paso Community College’s Keith W. Townsend is in his second year as the show’s director.

This year, there will be new dances, an updated script by Tony-award winning playwright Marty Martin and new songs by Jim Ward and Gabriel Gonzalez. Viva Kids, a group of young performers, will also make their debut at the show this year.

The performance also features live music by Mariachi Paso Del Norte and EPCC’s Mariachi Real De El Paso.

“We promise to bring a show audiences will enjoy and be proud of,” Townsend said.

Tickets for opening weekend on June 16 and 17 will be $10. Tickets for all other performances will be $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 2-12, seniors 65 and older and those with a military ID.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Plaza Theater Box Office.

Viva! El Paso is a partnership between El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Live and EPCC.

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