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7th Annual La Pastorela de Sacramento -Dec.18; 20-22, 2019

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The Guild Theater

2828 35th Street

Sacramento, CA 95817

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“La Pastorela de Sacramento” is a modern bilingual musical of Mexico’s traditional Christmas pageant from The Latino Center of Art + Culture

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“La Pastorela de Sacramento” is a modern bilingual musical of Mexico’s traditional Christmas pageant. Satirical, poignant, moralistic, sly and romantic, with contemporary AND timeless subject matter. La Pastorela draws directly from current affairs in the best tradition of magical realism. The Latino Center of Art & Culture (LCAC) offers Sacramento a musical perfect for the spirit of the season. Director/Music Director Carlos Mario Kandia, is a young dynamic singer, actor and dancer from Bogotá, Columbia, now living in Sacramento. 

The play opens with an omnipotent VOICE. The VOICE sets the stage advising the audience of the transformation they are about to witness--contemporary recognizable figures into four shepherds. Armando, a young developer about to score a major contract in Oak Park; Carmela, a Sacramento-born former Hollywood starlet who lost everything when she refused to sleep with her producer; Juan, an Afghanistan war vet with PTSD, and Gila, a college student and climate change activist face their moral dilemmas. They have to work together to help a homeless family (Mary and Joseph characters) and save the world from “fire, famine and pestilence”. The finale, with its dramatic battle of good VS. evil has audiences erupting into boos, cheers and song.

Newly updated by original writers Marie Acosta (LCAC Executive Director/San Francisco Mime Troupe alum), and Tomas Benitez (Plaza del La Raza/Teatro Café) the lively play brings together professional actors and community players. Original songs amplify the visual power of the show, which uses low-tech magic to great effect. 

"At the end, when the undocumented family (Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus) came up on stage with the procession of actors and singers and other children, there were tears in my eyes. Why? Because the play really succeeded in making me feel that it is a sin - in the only sense of that word that I actually believe in - not to take care of other people, not to protect the weakest among us."                                                  -  After show comment by playgoer from NYC

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A traditional procession (30 minutes) precedes each performance. El Coro del Pueblo is a bi-lingual choir formed in 2017. They perform songs of hope and resistance-- songs from the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and other social movements from Latin America and the United States. The repertoire is primarily from the ‘60s and ‘70s, songs which inspired and informed students, farmworkers and community activists including: “Quihubo Raza!,” “El Picket Sign,” “No Nos Moveran,” “Huelga En General,” “Un Son Para Mi Pueblo,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “We Shall Overcome” and “Blowin’ In the Wind.” For the Pastorela , there will be Spanish language Christmas favorites!   

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The Guild Theater

2828 35th Street

Sacramento, CA 95817

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