La Pastorela is a “uniquely Austin” holiday tradition that has been entertaining audiences for 17 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.
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.