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Now published and available for license through YouthPLAYS.


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant

Based on a New Mexican folk tale

One-Act, Musical Comedy, TYA, Suitable for elementary and family audiences.

Medium-Large Cast: 6m, 6f, Optional Ensemble (Expanded Casting Optional)

Running Time: 55-65 minutes

Hector and Inez have been poor all their lives. That is, until Hector finds a bag of money hidden in the woods! Inez makes him promise to keep quiet about it; she's sure that a bandito must have hidden that money, and if he finds out they have it... But Inez knows her husband can't zip his lips for long, so she'd better come up with a scheme clever enough to fool a bandito...a scheme involving a peculiar downpour of tamales! Throw in a narrator-cat with a penchant for drama, a hard working miller and her daughter, and of course a bandito armed with hot peppers and squishy tomatoes, and you have a recipe for a tasty musical comedy. 


Artwork by Christopher Michaels


It's Raining Tamales! premiered at the Schenectady Theater for Children in upstate NY, and toured Capital District schools and libraries throughout Spring 2011.


Due to demand, the show was brought back in Fall 2011, and was later revived and toured again in 2015.



It's Raining Tamales! won third prize in the Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing Contest and was a finalist for the Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Competition.


Please visit YouthPLAYS for more information on licensing your own production or for a perusal script.

Here's what kids in K-5 audiences have to say:


"I think it was the best play I ever saw."

"... [I]t was funny and amazing. It was a show I'll never forget."

"Thank you for the show!!!!!!"

"My favorite part is when Hector went to school. I liked the show a lot."


"I love the play. It was really good. My favorite part was the cat. I love the cat. The cat was so funny. I really enjoyed the play."


"If you are considering a musical production for your company, I highly recommend 'It’s Raining Tamales!'. While our target audience is elementary school children, 'It’s Raining Tamales!' provides fun for all ages in its delightfully witty script and lyrics, and its wonderful music. Children, older siblings, parents, teachers and grandparents, everyone has enjoyed the experience. Ms. Goldstein Grant is a truly talented writer and 'It’s Raining Tamales!' is one of her best!"

Criss Macaione-Bilodeau


Schenectady Theater for Children


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