VIVA! El Paso returns to McKelligon Canyon with old favorites and new twists

Viva El Paso

Viva! El Paso returns for its 41st season with old favorites and some new twists. The colorful celebration of four centuries of El Paso’s unique history returns for 14 performances June 15 through July 28 at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. The July 20 and 21 shows will be performed in Spanish.

The Franklin Mountains provide a naturally beautiful backdrop for Viva! El Paso, an historical extravaganza told with singing, dancing and dramatizations. Created by Hector Serrano in 1978, Viva! El Paso depicts 400 years of the El Paso area’s rich history.

Burges High School’s Keith W. Townsend returns for the third year to direct the 72-member cast. The show will combine many of the popular songs, dances and characters from the past, such as the iconic deer dance, with a new one. Internationally known El Paso musician Jim Ward and music director Cody Ritchey have written a song for a new segment called El Paso: ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and Beyond.

“This year’s show follows the script’s historical-cultural story line, however, some scenes have been trimmed, and a couple were replaced with dance theater segments,” Townsend said. The mariachi and saloon bands will be more integral. The updated script is by Tony Award-winner Marty Martin, with music by Jim Ward, Gabriel Gonzalez and Cody Ritchey.

Tickets for opening weekend June 15-16 are only $10! Regularly priced tickets are $24 for adults; $16 for children ages 2-12, seniors 65 and older and military with a valid ID.

Viva! El Paso tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 11. Tickets may be purchased at, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and the Plaza Theatre Box Office. Service fees apply to online and telephone sales.

Viva! El Paso is produced in a partnership between the El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Live.

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