from December 12-22nd
 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center                                     

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 origin
al 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.

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.

Director: Patricio Villareal

From the Director:
" A Sheperdela's Storia: An unholy tragicomic chicana pastiche made from a bunch of different pastorelas, and gathering together the writing hand of Luis Valdes,Tomas Salas, MaryLou Castillo, Marita de la Torre, Kiko Villamizar, Christopher Edwards, Diego Villareal, and many others. Increased, organized, and cooked by Patricio Villareal" 

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