Good and evil battle it out in this homegrown rendition of a traditional Pastorela, a surreal reenactment of the shepherds’ journey across the desert to greet the new born baby Jesus. Community theater at its best, it includes music, dance and the extensive use of masks.
La Pastorela has been presented yearly during the month of December both in the Yaqui/Mexican community of Guadalupe and in Phoenix. We have worked successfully with Centro de Amistad in Guadalupe and Teatro Bravo in Phoenix to bring this event to both communities. It has been also presented at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center downtown Phoenix in conjunction with the Latino Institute, Dec 2005, and at the Mesa Arts Center in December 2006.
In 2007 and 2008, we were able to develop strong partnerships and present La Pastorela at different communities throughout the Valley. We presented it in South Phoenix at Cesar Chavez High School with support from the Phoenix Arts Commission and the Mexican Consulate.
We also presented it at Mesa Community College with support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens and MCC Mecha Students. In 2007 La Pastorela was also presented at two west valley locations, both sponsored by the West Valley Arts Council: at Copper Canyon Performing Arts High School and at Tolleson’s Veteran Arena.
All these presentations have been accompanied by an Artist Mercado where we showcased the art work of different local Chicano artists and thus helped with their entrepreneurial skills. We also succeeded in greatly expanding our yearly audience for La Pastorela this past season.