"LA PASTORELA 2012" from November 30th - December 15th
La Pastorela is a “uniquely Austin” holiday tradition that has been entertaining audiences for 14 years. It is a traditional Yuletide play performed in Native American/Latino Communities since the late 16th century when Spanish missionary priests first introduced the act to Native Aztec Indians. The original script and music, passed on from generation to generation, recount the shepherd’s journey to Bethlehem as they encounter manifestations of evil that attempt to keep them from reaching their destination.
This year, in response to the success and positive feedback of the 2011 show; Miguel Angel Santana returns to write an original and humorous script, this time in the form of a Latin soap opera satire. Santana’s pen modernizes classic characters from the yuletide play, from shepherds, demons, angels to pilgrims; and brings them to life as the Shepard family (familia Pastor). The family will go through a series of entertaining entanglements and funny situations, and will have to put aside their passions, disbelief and weaknesses to undertake a special mission.
Each year’s production retains elements of the original tradition, but adds a lively bilingual contemporary theatrical twist to the overall performance of the dialogue, music and dance. Different versions of La Pastorela have been produced in Austin for decades by different production teams under the umbrella of ALTA and this year is not the exception.
The play is performed in Spanish with English surtitles and will run for two hours including a 15 minute intermission.
ALTA invites you to be part of this incredible experience that brings together families and friends. For auditions and volunteer opportunities go to: altateatro.com/contact us