66th Anniversary Presentation of the Folk Play “Los Pastores”
Contact: Lee Wilder, 210.932.0650 x 14
December 5, 2013
66th Anniversary Presentation of the Folk Play "Los Pastores" at Mission San José by the Guadalupe Players
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is proud to announce the 66th anniversary presentation of the folk play, Los Pastores, by the Guadalupe Players on the grounds of Mission San José. Join us on the evening of December 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate. The folk play, having its origins in European medieval nativity plays, is sung in Spanish with a narration in English (a program guide will be available). There is no charge for this event.
The Los Pastores story depicts the pastores' (shepherds') journey to honor the Christ Child, and the obstacles Lucifer puts before them. Its dramatic presentation brings a round of cheers from the audience when the Archangel Michael conquers the devil, allowing the shepherds to find their way to Bethlehem.
Don Leandro Granados brought the play to San Antonio from his beloved Mexico around 1910. Father Carmelo Tranchese of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church edited and translated the text, and it was published in 1949. Parishioners from the Church began performances in the early 1940's and have been carrying on this tradition in San Antonio and South Texas ever since. In 1947, the Guadalupe Players began presenting the historic folk play at the iconic Mission San José. For many years the play was sponsored by the San Antonio Conservation Society. A version of Los Pastores is believed to have been performed in San Antonio's Spanish colonial missions during the mid-1700s.
The 2013 presentation of Los Pastores is made possible by financial underwriting from the Mission Trail Rotary Club. The National Park Service, Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions, and Mission San José Church co-sponsor this performance by the parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Narration and historical commentary is provided by Dr. Felix Almaraz, professor of history at the
Visitors should bring their own chairs and be prepared for cold weather, as the play takes place outside. Hot food and drink will be available for a small charge. Secure parking is available at no charge.
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Did You Know?
that the first cattle drives originated from the (San Antonio) Spanish missions in Texas? Vaqueros drove hundreds of cattle, sheep, and goats to Louisiana during the American War for Independence to supply American colonists. Spain's real intent was to weaken the British militarily and financially.