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Miracle Insider
Volume 11 Issue 7, April 4, 2012

The critics agree: Jardín de Sueños is dreamy!
From one reviewer to the next, the seeds we planted in our current family-friendly production of Jardín de Sueños have taken root. Check out all this great press coverage!

In The Oregonian newspaper, Carol Wells writes … “At its most vivid, Jardín de Sueños at Milagro Theatre seeks, as its title implies, to skirt the rational mind and place us, wondering, in a garden of dreams. At this it succeeds. The play is spoken in Spanish (with unobtrusive English subtitles), but its true language, that of the unconscious, makes it universally accessible. The play is the first local production by Portlander Sofia May-Cuxim. Its heroine is Cristina (the charismatic Siumara Samayoa), a young woman on the cusp of adulthood who is initially overwhelmed into inaction by the difficult decisions she must face. It is her dream world we enter, and her journey we follow. …” [Read the whole review in English or Spanish]

At, Faddah Wolf writes, director Nelda Reyes and her cast “handle all this in the dream logic masterfully — the mask work, the legends and story characters, easily taking on the different roles for their emotional core without being superficial. Waking from her dream walkabout, Samayoa’s Cristina is released from her mask by El Jaguar, able to express her desire to her family, and perhaps because of it, finally able to remove her family’s stereotypical masks and deal with them authentically, as she is no longer viewing them through her own masked role. While some remedies are explored for Cristina to pursue her dreams, there are no easy answers. It is left for this family, this community, and all of us to answer — what are the remedies for those who are part of our U.S. cultural fabric now, whether we are willing to acknowledge the truth of that or not? … Drink from the wonderfully rich stream of cultural dreams and aspirations that is Jardín de Sueños and experience the visions for yourself.” [ Read the whole review in both English y en español]

While over at PDX Kids Calendar, family reviewers Scott, Hadley and Ruby Corwin write “My co-reviewers, ages eight and ten, gave the production a very high rating, and particularly enjoyed the dream world characters like the jaguar, and the humor shown in scenes like the armadillo trying to sing. Teatro Milagro is a jewel within our community that is a warm and welcoming immersion into Latino culture. … Audience members of all ages will connect with Jardin de Sueños because, beyond being the story of one girl, it is the story of a family coming together to solve a problem. … In Jardin de Sueños we see renewed hope and real direction on an important issue presented in a thoroughly engaging and entertaining way.”[ Read the whole review]

At, Chloe Hagerman writes: “Unlike most of Miracle Theatre’s plays, which are bilingual, Jardín de Sueños is performed entirely in Spanish. As the actors speak and move about the stage, English subtitles are projected above their heads as a Power Point. It’s an opportunity to practice your Spanish as much as it is to enjoy the play. I am always amazed at what Miracle Theatre is able to do with the small space that they have, and the sights and sounds of their dream garden left nothing to be desired. Whether or not you believe dreams carry important messages, Jardín de Sueños conveys some powerful ones that will stay with you when you leave. There are people around who will always be ready to help you. But the biggest message is about the importance of finding your own voice. Other people can only do so much. You have to find the words. At the end of the day, it’s your life and your story — go out and tell it.”[ Read the whole review]

Want to know more? Then check out these additional links:
Univision Portland (video en español)
• El Hispanic News (English Spanish)
El Centinela

¡Cuentenos su historia! Tell us your story!
Cada sueño es una historia, y cada historia te tiene un mensaje.” -Jaguar

En Jardín de Sueños, entramos al mundo de una joven quien busca alcanzar sus sueños desesperadamente por medio de la educación, pero la cual se encuentra frustrada por los tantos obstáculos que encuentra en su camino. Sin embargo, dentro de sus verdaderos sueños descubre un poco más de sí misma, de su familia, y de sus raíces que le dan esperanza para el futuro.

Quisiéramos saber más sobre su experiencia. Nuestra esperanza es el reunir historias y compartirlas aquí en el blog del Miracle Theatre Group con el afán de empezar un dialogo sobre la inmigración en nuestra comunidad. Escriba su historia en nuestro blog.

Each dream is a story and every story has a message for you.”-Jaguar

In Jardín de Sueños, we enter the world of a young woman who desperately wants to fulfill her dreams by getting an education, but she is frustrated by the many obstacles she encounters. However, within her real dreams, she discovers more about herself, her family, and her own history that gives her hope for the future.

We would like to know about your experience. We hope to gather and share these stories on Miracle Theatre Group’s blog so that we can engage our community on the topic of immigration. Share your story on our blog.

Interview with Costume Designer Valerie Ditchfield
One of the wonderful artists who helped create the magical world of Jardín de Sueños is costume designer Valerie Ditchfield. Originally from Hawaii, she moved to Oregon in 1995 to attend Pacific University in Forest Grove and has been here ever since. A mother of two, (4 year old Giselle and 10 month old Jackson), Valerie also works as a substitute dance teacher. Last year she worked as the costume designer for Miracle’s production of Lazarillo and we look forward to seeing more of her work in the upcoming production of Oedipus el Rey, where she is working as an assistant costume designer. Once again we bring you another Miracle Insider exclusive interview with an amazing Milagro artist! Read the interview on our blog …

Portland Timbers team up with Milagro
Miracle Theatre Group is pleased to announce an award of $5,000 from the Portland Timbers Community Fund in support of children’s arts initiatives, which include a Spanish and bilingual K-8 program – Teatro Milagro Art Camp, a multi-disciplinary bilingual arts program, and Teatro Milagro’s children’s theatre production, Adventuras de Don Quixote. Miracle was one of nine youth-focused nonprofit organizations in the greater-Portland area to receive a grant through the Portland Timbers Community Fund, which is supported by founding partners JELD-WEN Windows & Doors, Alaska Airlines, Adidas, PGE and Burgerville. Miracle’s Executive Director José E. González and his grand-nephew Nolan attended the Timbers game Saturday night to accept the award that came with an engraved glass trophy.

The PTCF, an advised fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, supports charitable, non-profit organizations that are registered as a 501(c)(3), with tax-exempt status from the IRS and are located within one of the four surrounding counties of the Portland metro area: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark County in Southwest Washington. Grant-seeking organizations must fall under one of the following areas of focus: youth education; youth sports; youth health and fitness; environmental awareness and activism with youth and families. Through the club’s community outreach platform, Stand Together, the Timbers’ community mission is to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the region through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving. For more on the Timbers community outreach programs and partners, visit

'Twas the night before...
On Miracle’s blog, Olga has been sharing posts about her experience in the rehearsal studio – this time as an actor. “It's been over a year since Elizabeth brought us the script that launched the staged reading,” she wrote recently. “Ever since then we knew we had to produce this play, there was a sense of destiny about the whole thing. It's a story, millennia-old, that never grows old, about the downfall of the proud. Now it's our turn to tell it.”Follow along here.

Venga y Celebre nuestro primer ¡Día Familiar Latino!
(For English, see below)
¡No se pierda una tarde gratis llena de actividades recreativas y culturales, sorteos de premios, presentaciones, espectáculos, y mucho, mucho más! Vega a las 2:00-6:00pm, viernes, el 13 de abril 2012, en el Centro Comunitario de Mt. Scott (5530 SE 72nd Ave.), traído a usted por Portland Parques y Recreación, Latino Network, Catholic Charities, Hacienda CDC and Miracle Theatre Group.

  • 2-6 p.m. Actividades en el Auditorio
  • 2-2:45 p.m. – Bienvenida / Bendición / PP&R Director Mike Abbaté y Carmen Rubio, Directora Ejecutiva de Latino Network
  • 3-4 p.m. – Puestos y mesas con información y recursos de agencias Latinas
  • 4-5 p.m. – Espectáculos Culturales y Presentaciones
  • 5-6 p.m. – Artesanía, arte y actividades divertidas
  • 3-4 p.m. – Gimnasio de Basquetbol abierto
  • 3-8:30 p.m. – Alberca POR FAVOR NOTE: Nadadores de 48 pulgadas o mas pueden entrar a la alberca solos. Personas que no saben nadar o niños menores de 48 pulgadas NO deben quedar sin vigilancia en la terraza de la piscina, y deben estar acompañados en todo momento en el agua por una persona de 18 años de edad o mayor (o el padre o tutor), quien será responsable de ellos y su seguridad.
  • 4-6 p.m. – Pista para patinar (de piso) Habrá patines necesitan traer sus propios calcetines.

Si tiene preguntas o necesita más información comunicase con Alejandro Vidales al 503-823-1669 o por email a o con Victor Salinas 503-283-6881 o por email a

Celebrate our first Latino Family Day, brought to you by Portland Parks & Recreation, Latino Network, Catholic Charities, Hacienda CDC and Miracle Theatre Group. Join us for a free afternoon filled with recreational and cultural activities, raffle prizes, presentations, performances, and much, much more from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at Mt. Scott Community Center (5530 SE 72nd Ave Portland).
  • 2-6 p.m. Auditorium Activities
  • 2-2:45 p.m. – Welcome / Blessing / PP&R Director Mike Abbaté and Carmen Rubio, Executive Director Latino Network
  • 3-4 p.m. – Booth and table resource information
  • 4-5 p.m. – Cultural performances / presentations
  • 5-6 p.m. – Crafts, arts & air brushing activities
  • 3-4 p.m. –Open Gym Basketball
  • 3-8:30 p.m. – Swim Pool PLEASE NOTE: Swimmers 48" and over can attend Open Play Swim on their own. Non-swimmers and children under 48" must not be left unattended on the pool deck, and must be accompanied at all time in the water by a person 18 years of age or older (or parent or guardian) who shall be responsible for them and their safety.
  • 4-6 p.m. – Roller Rink (skates provided, bring your own socks)

If you have any questions or for more information contact Alejandro Vidales at 503-823-1669 or email at or Victor Salinas 503-283-6881 or email at



An original play written by Sofia May-Cuxim, based on text by Pablo Jiménez and Teatro Español
Directed by Nelda Reyes
Sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank, Oregon Cultural Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, The Oregonian and the Consulate of Mexico in Portland.

Presented in Spanish with easy-to-follow supertitles in English; this play is family-friendly for ages 5+.

Imagine the impossible, the magnificent, the terrifying ... Like a garden of dreams, folktales are filled with legendary creatures who lead us down the paths of discovery. For some, it’s about love; for others, it’s about knowledge. For young Cristina, it’s about listening to her heart and finding her voice. Cristina is about to finish high school and go to college, and she needs all the support she can get. But her family is distracted by the technology of modern life, from cell phones and text messages to bills and budgets. They are all too busy to listen. But when Cristina enters a dream world, she encounters several familiar characters from Latino folklore — the jaguar, the armadillo, and the daughter of the Sun God, among others — who not only help her speak her mind, but give her the confidence to face her future.

Jardín de Sueños plays March 22-April 14, 2012 at the Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St.). Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets prices range from $10 for children ages 5-10, up to $29 for last-minute purchases of adult tickets at the door; please inquire about discounts for students, seniors and groups of 15 or more. Purchase online anytime, or by calling 503-236-7253 weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

"A strand in the tapestry of arts education"
Miracle MainStage Artistic Director Olga Sanchez recently visited Portland City Hall to offer testimony during the Regional Arts & Culture Council's "State of the Arts" report to city commissioners. “We all know that the arts build stronger students,” she said. “Our particular focus is to provide accessible forms of expression, so that kids feel heard, appreciated, even applauded for their creativity, for their positive contribution. Whatever limitations or barriers they might encounter day to day, whether it's intolerance, language barriers, or simple misunderstandings, arts and culture provides a place for all children to meet, share their hearts and minds, to recognize each other’s gifts, and to grow together into a stronger, more compassionate community.” Visit our blog to read the full text of her comments.

Personalize your donation with one of our new tile designs!
Miracle Theatre Group invites you to make a donation in a unique and lasting way that will beautify El Centro Milagro and imprint your legacy forever — an original tile painted just for you! Each hand-painted tile features a unique design that can be personalized with your name or the name of a loved one you wish to honor, making wonderful gifts or memorials, too. Tiles are displayed prominently in some of El Centro Milagro’s most popular gathering spaces, including our lobby, cafe and Zócalo. Your tax-deductible donation of $150 will help to continue to make facility improvements to El Centro Milagro, your home for the finest in Latino arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest. Download an order form (PDF) or purchase online.

Equity Foundation to offer first GLBT Latino/a scholarship
The Portland Latino Gay Pride (PLGP) Scholarship is the first scholarship at Equity Foundation to focus on the Latino/a community. It was recently established by the Board of Directors of PLGP and Equity Foundation. The winner(s) will be honored at the Portland Latino Gay Pride Festival in July. Eligible students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), or are the children of GLBT parents, who reside in Oregon or Clark County Washington are encouraged to apply. Preference will be placed on Latino/a candidates. The application for the PLGP Scholarship along with all Equity Foundation scholarships can be downloaded at Deadline to apply is June 1.

Miracle Theatre Group’s 2011-2012 season is sponsored in part by Meyer Memorial Trust, Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Collins Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Kinsman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Juan Young Trust, PGE Foundation, Bloomfield Family Foundation, US Bancorp Foundation, KeyBank Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Pride Foundation, Jackson Foundation, OnPoint Community Credit Union, El Centinela, and El Hispanic News.

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