The show was free thanks to funding not only by the hotel but by state support of Happy Show’s cultural transmission mission, borne out in the mobile show I watched through a story about the Rey of Uxmal and songs by puppets in traditional Yucatecan dress. Balancing the show's educational message was its circus theme. I like to think of the puppet dog and seal from that circus as fabric fusions of the historic partnership in Mexico between itinerant puppetry and circuses. In the heyday of itinerant puppetry in Mexico, people learned what it meant to be Mexican through shows like these. Now Happy Show is using their brand of teatro infantil to teach what it means to be Yucatecan.
Palma and his group come across as solidly professional. Whether the children they entertain number 5 or 500, those children will see a show that is well-rehearsed and well-amplified. The young adults who perform with Palma in Happy Show are his apprentices, and they may preserve Yucatecan culture in their own troupes as they grow older.