Teatro Paraguas: A Musical Piñata For Christmas Dec. 9-18

Teatro Paraguas presents ‘A Musical Piñata for Christmas’ is 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday Dec. 9-18 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe. Courtesy/Teatro Paraguas

Scene from ‘A Musical Piñata for Christmas’  at Teatro Paraguas. Courtesy/Teatro Paragua


Teatro Paraguas will present its 10th annual community celebration “A Musical Piñata for Christmas” 7 p.m., Fridays and 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sunday Dec. 9-18, at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe. 

The Teatro Paraguas Orchestra will play traditional New Mexican and Mexican carols, as well as original festive music. Accompanying the Orchestra is a bevy of singers and a troupe of dancers choreographed by Monica Arteaga, Juanita Nava, Dominique Greenwood and Tori Frazee.

Skits and Winter Holiday poetry read by actors pepper this family-friendly program. And of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clos will appear to help all the kids in the audience bring down the Piñata at the end of the show.

Anchoring the performance is a short play by Alix Hudson and Paola Vengoechea Martini entitled ‘There Shall Arise Una Estrella (Piñata)’.  In this free-wheeling Spanglish one-act, a family (and larger Santa Fe community) is baffled by the star piñata that has appeared in a plaza tree on Nochebuena. The mystery is soon forgotten as the extended Sena-Martínez-Chavez-González family launches their last-minute Secret Santa shopping; however, tensions between los primos reveal hurt and hopelessness. At first, a dear family member is forgotten in the shuffle to make tamales and do the Canyon Road farolito walk. But in the darkness comes light, so come watch familia care for familia, comunidad care for comunidad. Oh, and don’t forget los gatitos cantantes!

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children under 18 at https://teatroparaguasnm.org. Reservations may be made at 505.424.1601 for purchasing tickets at the door.

This project is made possible in part by the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.


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