YAOT Study Guide

El Guayabo/The Guava Tree

Book and Lyrics by Diana Grisanti

Directed by Ismael Lara Jr.

When I was a child, we had un guayabo, a guava tree.

Emiliano is all grown up now, but he has a story to share about the hardest year of his life: the 3rd grade. This was the year Emiliano moved from Mexico to Colorado – from one tiny mountain town to another – uprooting everything he had ever loved. El Guayabo / The Guava Tree is a story of displacement and resilience, of thinking back on the bullies who hurt us and the friends who saved us.

An original, bilingual musical, El Guayabo teaches students to be an “upstander” rather than a “bystander” in the face of bullying, while reinforcing the power of friendship.

Tepoztlán and El Tepozteco

Pueblos Magicos- towns that preserve the cultural and historical richness of their community.

El Tepozteco is an Aztec pyramid that sits high above the town of Tepoztlán on a cliff.


What is magical about the town that you live in? What makes it special or unique?

Color in Emiliano’s World

Use the downloadable coloring sheet below to create your own representation of what Emiliano’s world looks like. How does this picture represent Emi and Iris’s friendship?

“The letter said two words: Me salvaste.”

In El Guayabo/The Guava Tree, Emi writes Iris a letter thanking her for being a great friend.

Write a letter to a friend who did something nice for you. How did their kindness make you feel? You can give the letter to your friend or keep it for yourself.

For younger learners: Tell a partner about a time a friend did something nice for you. How did it make you feel?

What is a nice thing that you have done for a friend lately? Did you stand up for them? Tell a partner about how doing something nice for a friend made you feel.

Take note of moments in “El Guayabo/The Guava Tree” when friends do something nice for each other. How does it make the characters feel?


“Being an Upstander”

Click the link below to download your copy of CRT’s “Being an Upstander” Lesson Plan that will be used in theatre immersion workshops following performances of El Guayabo/The Guava Tree.

Sing-Along Videos

“Guava Tree”

“Birds of a Feather”

Meet the Artists!

Get to know the artists who are bringing El Guayabo/The Guava Tree to life!

Diana Grisanti

Diana Grisanti is a playwright, educator, and Co-Artistic Director of Theatre [502] in Louisville, Kentucky. In the Before Times, she wrote Creede Rep’s KID Show, Derring-Do. Diana has been a Michener Fellow, a Kentucky Arts Council Fellow, and a Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University. She teaches playwriting at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Emiliano Messiez

Emiliano Messiez is an Argentinean pianist, music director and composer based in New York City. With a very versatile and personal sound, he is the pianist of the show, Forever Tango, and he directs his own orchestra, Típica Messiez. He is educated in classical music, jazz, tango, rock and Latin American rhythms and has performed all around the world.

Ismael Lara, Jr.

Ismael Lara, Jr. is a Latinx director from Southeast Texas. He currently resides in Chicago and champions work that aids the fight against injustice, creating a bridge between underrepresented communities and the theatrical institution. Ismael is a Drama League Fellow and an MFA candidate at Northwestern University.

Bethany Eilean Talley

This is Bethany’s ninth season with the Creede Repertory Theatre. Most recently she choreographed Little Shop of Horrors and The Wizard of Oz for Creede Rep. Her favorite CRT credits include: Greta in General Store, Cookie in Ghostlight, Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, a Hot Box Dancer in Guys & Dolls, and Boomtown. BFA Acting, Brigham Young University.

Sky Bradley
Team Blue Tour Manager

Sky Bradley is overjoyed with the opportunity to enjoy their 4th summer with Creede Repertory Theatre! Originally from Jesup, Iowa, Sky received their BA from the University of Northern Iowa. Their past work includes various technical positions for theatre companies such as Theatre Memphis and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

Emily Diaz
Team Blue Iris

This is Emily’s 4th summer in Creede! Emily graduated from Oklahoma City University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. You may have seen her in the 2019 Headwaters Festival, Its a Wonderful Life, or teaching the youth of Creede. Emily would like to thank her partner Jacob and dogs Bonnie and Sheba for supporting her in all their many adventures.

Brandon Guzman
Team Blue Emiliano

Brandon Guzman is super excited to be doing his first CRT show/ tour. Brandon is a New York based actor with his BFA in musical theatre. During the pandemic he was singing in restaurants in the Sarasota area in Florida. He was recently seen in The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody as Dwight K. Schrute in both San Antonio and Austin. He hopes you enjoy his performance!

Olivia Zapater-Charette
Team Pink Tour Manager

Olivia Zapater-Charrette (she/hers) is a non-equity stage manager. Professional theatre management credits include serving as the Production Office Assistant at Steppenwolf Theatre and Stage Management internships at The Goodman Theatre (We’re Only Alive For A Short Amount of Time, The Winter’s Tale). She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Psychology and completed the Theatre Management Module.

Patty de la Garza
Team Pink Iris

Patty is thrilled and humbled to be back on a stage after this whirlwind of a year and even more excited that it’s her debut with Creede Repertory Theatre with an amazing group of people! Previous Regional credits include: OthelloAll’s Well That Ends Well, and Julius Caesar, Tuck Everlasting, Aesop Fables, and Schoolhouse Rock Live! Les mando Un beso más a mi familia. And a huge thank you to her partner for all the love and support, mi cielo. Instagram: @pattyndelagarza

Julian Ibarra
Team Pink Emiliano

Julian is beyond grateful to be making his Creede Repertory Theatre acting debut on the 2021 Young Audience Outreach Tour! Originally from Wichita, KS, he is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting with a Minor in Directing at Oklahoma City University. He would like to thank the CRT company for welcoming him with open arms, and his entire family for their unconditional love and support. Mom, you’re my hero. Los amo mucho!

Lisa Duncan
Scenic Designer

Lisa grew up in Colorado and studied stage design at Arizona State University. She has worked for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and Parker’s PACE Center, but she’s never been happier than in her now- fulltime Creede home.

AnnDee Alvidrez
Props Designer

AnnDee hails from San Elizario, TX. She is a third-year MFA Design Candidate with a focus in Scenic Design at Texas State University. Her most recent designs are In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (TXST),  Significant Other (TXST),  Men on Boats (TXST), and Sidelines to Frontlines (SRSU). AnnDee is excited and honored to be joining Creede Repertory Theatre this season.

Elly Hunt
Costume Designer

Elly Hunt is a costume designer, craftsperson, stitcher and teaching artist working across the mid and southwest United States who is delighted to be doing a fourth season with Creede Repertory Theatre. Recent credits include costume design for To The Moon(Virtual), Hansel Or Gretel(CRT), and The Thing That Made You (Independent film). This season’s work is dedicated to her Aunt Reeny.

William Ward
Assosciate Costume Designer

William Ward is the Costume Shop Manager and one of the Costume Designers for CRT. William has worked for companies such as Texas State University, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Music Theatre of Wichita, and Inbocca Performance. Previous Costume Designs included: Spring Awakening, Significant Other, Little Women the Musical, and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. William is very proud to be a part of CRT and can’t wait for you to see this season.

Jake Harbour
Sound Designer

Jake Harbour is a Sound & Scenic Designer, Music Composer, and Technical Director. He has worked for many prominent theatres in the Denver and Atlanta area and has been nominated for four Henry awards and one Suzi Bass award. Jake has 12 years of university experience teaching classes ranging from Sound & Light Design, Scenic Design, Technical Direction, as well as carpentry and welding. He holds his MFA in Technical Direction from Northern Illinois University.

Lavour Addison
Assistant Choreographer

Lavour Addison (Poet) is overjoyed to be making art again in his debut show with CRT. Was last seen when he performed his one man show The Gospel of Bob in October, and in the online web series of The Adventures of Sunny and Blue. Other recent credits include Small Mouth Sounds and House Arrest (THEATREWORKS Colorado Springs) for the first time and Creede Repertory Theatre’s 2019 holiday Radio Play of It’s a Wonderful Life.

Alyssa Peters
EDI Deputy

Alyssa is a native Texan who recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in BA Theatre and Performance and minors in Film and Directing. She is currently obtaining her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership with an Arts Administration focus. This will be her first summer season with CRT working as one of the Patron Services Associates. Though she will miss her son (a sweet and goofy 7-year-old miniature schnauzer) this summer, she’s excited to get back to doing theatre as well as learn from and work with the people of CRT!

Alexandria Bates
EDI Deputy

Alexandria Bates is beyond estatic to be back at CRT. Alex hails from Florence, Alabama and attended Jacksonville State University. Alex has been seen at Birmingham Opera , Old Creamery Theatre, Great Plains Theatre, Bluegate Musicals, Brightstar Touring Theatre, Birmingham Children’s Theatre and a few historical outdoor dramas.  Some of her favorite credits include Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Rosa Parks in The Birmingham Bus Boycott, Sylvia in All Shook Up, Mrs. Gottlieb in Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray.