Viva! El Paso cancelled this summer for the first time in decades

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:51pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 1:04pm

It's a tradition that spans more than three decades but for the first time in 36 years, Viva! El Paso is being cancelled.

"But the good news is there's a great team of folks that will behind it for next season and we're really looking forward to getting it back on stage at McKelligon Canyon beginning in 2015," said Bryan Stowe, the General Manager of Destination El Paso.

A local performer says this year's cancellation will create a void in the community.

"El Paso has so much talent and our community is going to miss out," said Eurydice Salcedo.

The El Paso Association of Performing Arts (EPAPA) is handing over the reins of Viva! El Paso to the El Paso Community Foundation.

Declining attendance has plagued the show, and troubles with the Texas Attorney General and the EPAPA losing its status as a non-profit compounded the problem.

But the Community Foundation says they are just about ready to revive Viva! El Paso.

"It's unconscious now but we're giving it CPR right now and we're going to have a strong future," said Eric Pearson, the President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation.

"It's like a family member. You're there, you go see it, you're part of it because that's your story," said Saucedo.

The Community Foundation will be responsible for governing and taking care of finances and logistics for Viva! El Paso but won't be too involved in the creative side of the show.

Organizers will keep Viva! El Paso at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre and keep the style as close to the original show as possible.

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