NEWBURY — "What is a Zapatos?" has been the question of the year at Newbury Elementary School.

Next weekend, the 80-plus cast members of Theater Workshop will be ready to deliver the answer when they stage their spring production at Newbury Elementary on Hanover Street.

Theater Workshop director Stacey April Fix describes "Zapatos," which means shoes, as a story of fulfilled dreams that's a cross between "The Prince and the Pauper" and "Cinderella."

The play, set in a mythical Spanish village called Granada, chronicles how a king, played by sixth-grader Finlay McIsaac, finds happiness in believing in himself and his dreams. Fix promises audiences will laugh out loud at the antics of Rizzo the shoemaker, played by fourth-grader Jack O'Keefe; the romantic perils of Prince Carlos, played by sixth-grader Chris Brennan; and the predicaments of the shoemaker's daughter, Stilletta, played by sixth-grader Juliet Truesdale, but in the end realize there are important lessons to be learned.

The cast features 86 students portraying characters from kings and princesses to matadors and jesters, with 18 interns providing assistance.

"I love the way people get to live their dreams in this play, especially my character," said Kyana Burgess, who plays Rosetta in what will be her last production with Theater Workshop.

Sixth-grader Ben Hall, who plays bullfighter Machismo, says his favorite part of the play is the end, which features an upbeat song and great dance to get the audience up and joining in the fun.

"Zapatos" will be performed Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 31, at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 1, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10. Contact for ticket reservations or more information.

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