#TBT A new leading character: Telling untold stories to inspire youth

From stories.fresnostate.edu

Blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin — those were signs of beauty for Alexis Elisa Macedo growing up in Reedley, California. Getting involved in theater in school only made the disparities of her features and those of the characters more obvious. But media representation is changing.

“When I got cast, I immediately called my dad and I said, ‘Dad, I’m a little brown girl playing a little brown girl!’” she said.

In Spring 2019, Theatre Arts student, Alexis, played the lead role in “The Super Cilantro Girl: Three Stories of Juan Felipe Herrera.” The play revolves around the lives of a family of migrant workers: 12-year-old Esmeralda, played by Alexis, her younger brother Juanito, Papi and Mamá.

Read the full story at stories.fresnostate.edu

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