Americano! Musical tells true story of dashed hopes

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre Company, on left, poses with Antonio Valdovinos de la Mora, a Camelback High School graduate who is the subject of “Americano!” /Photo by Michael Anthony Scerbo

By Colleen Sparks | north central news

The story of a local man whose dream of enlisting in the Marines was shattered when he discovered he was not a U.S. citizen will come to the stage in an unusual new musical this month.

Antonio Valdovinos de la Mora, a Camelback High School graduate and owner of a political firm, is the subject of “Americano!” which opens Jan. 29 and will run through Feb. 23 at The Phoenix Theatre at 1825 N. Central Ave. Born in Colima, Mexico, he moved with his parents to California when he was 2 years old before moving to Phoenix when he was 4.

While Valdovinos de la Mora said he was not strong academically when he was at Camelback High, he loved taking photos and worked on the school newspaper, as well as weightlifting. His goal was to become a combat photographer in the U.S. Marines.

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