By ALEXANDREA BAILEY
Meer weeks after Churchill entertained audiences at the SPI Convention Center, more quality theater will soon be descending upon the Island. El Paseo Arts Foundation Musical Director Connie Elizabeth Muñoz will be showcasing her production of “The Savannah Sipping Society,” written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, on South Padre Island next Wednesday, Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5.
Muñoz is a Rio Grande Valley native. She currently resides in San Benito in a home she inherited along with four acres from her Vietnam veteran father. Muñoz says that her father was ill for most of her life, and he passed of cancer and diabetic-related illnesses in 2016.
She first began participating in theater arts her junior year at Harlingen High School South. Muñoz was also involved in choir, speech, drama and debate. She won awards at national and state levels in multiple UIL competitions.
An acquaintance of Muñoz’s high school theater instructor wrote the first play that Muñoz ever performed in. It was called “Robot Songs.” She played a “villainous mayor who tried to control the town.”
“Her demise was caused by a robot with a heart who brought music to the town,” stated Muñoz. “It was fun to play something out of my element.”
Muñoz enrolled in college in 2011 at the University of Texas at Brownsville. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, the university shifted to the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.
“This caused some challenges in completing my degree in a timely manner,” stated Muñoz.
She graduated in the winter season of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance. That year, she also gave birth to her son, Sol.
She met her husband, Guadalupe, in middle school. Living in a migrant household with his grandparents, he moved to and from different farming communities. Muñoz says they reconnected through social media in 2015 and have been together ever since.
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