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“La Pastorela de Sacramento” is a modern bilingual musical theatre reenactment of Mexico’s traditional Christmas pageant with a contemporary bent. Satirical, poignant, hilarious, moralistic and romantic, it speaks to current times. With a new script, new director, new musical director and musicians, the Latino Center of Art & Culture (LCAC) will showcase talented young local artists offering Sacramento a musical perfect for the spirit of the season. Says Elio Gutierrez, " It is my pleasure to direct the traditional Devils and Angels in the ever-present struggle between Good and Evil, the Shepherds faced with temptations--- and all the action that takes place right here in our town."
The transformation of the four shepherds from the traditional Pastorelas in Mexico into contemporary recognizable figures is riveting. They are 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 homeless advocate. The four face their moral dilemmas, and realize they have to work together to help a homeless family (Mary and Joseph characters) find shelter. The finale has audiences erupting into boos, cheers and song.
Written by Marie Acosta (LCAC Executive Director/San Francisco Mime Troupe alum), and Tomas Benitez (Plaza del La Raza/Teatro Café/ LA consultant for non-profit cultural arts organizations in greater Los Angeles area, California & Southwest/Commissioner for the County of Los Angeles Arts Commission), 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.
In 2016, an audience member here from New York said: "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. "
Armando - Panagiotis Roditis
Carmela - Devin Valdez
Juan - Angel Rodriguez
Gila - Signey Rae-Gonzalez
Lusbel - Ernesto Bustos
San Miguel - Nicole Limon
Diablo 1 - Ciara McClary
Diablo 2 - Christina Castro
Producer - Marie Acosta
Director - Elio Gutierrez-Montoya
Writers - Marie Acosta, Tomas Benitez
Choreographer - Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya
Music Director - Carlos Kandia
Stage Manager - Katherine Benitez
Light Designer - Wade McKenzie-Bahr
Set Designer - Brian Collett
Costume Designer - Vanessa Munoz
Publicity Manager - Mindy Giles
K-12 Publicity - Herine Palacios
The Latino Center of Art and Culture is a multi-disciplinary cultural center and public space serving the Sacramento Community by offering Latino, Chicano, and Native arts programming, art education workshops, and a community gathering place. LCAC is a center of cultural pride, self-governance, self-expression and community empowerment through the arts.We remain a public space where young and old come to pass on their stories, share their challenges, create art and build community.
Mission: Since 1972, the Latino Center of Art and Culture's mission has been to advance, celebrate, and preserve the art and culture of Latino, Chicano, and Native populations for present and future generations. Today, we serve the community through education programs, a year-round exhibition series, literary events, musical presentations, performances and community cultural activities. www.LatinoCenter.com firstname.lastname@example.org