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A Pueblo Christmas

SAN ANTONIO, TX. — ‘A Pueblo Christmas’ Es una historia de amor presentada en una obra de teatro en nuestra ciudad en el Teatro del ‘pueblo’ en el oeste en la calle Guadalupe. Es la historia de una pareja mexicana que se prometen amor y matrimonio y el joven ‘Pancho’ ante la falta de oportunidades en su pueblo decide viajar al ‘Norte’ para mejorar su situación económica y en la navidad decide informárselo a su prometida.

“Me voy al Norte y regreso en un ano para casarnos” le dice Pancho a ‘Rosa’. Rosa le informa a su madre ‘Doña Flor’ quien no desea que el joven vaya a los Estados Unidos ya que ella aun esta en espera de su esposo que nunca regreso y su hija ya creció.

‘Miguel’ aprovecha la ausencia de su ‘amigo’ Pancho para intentar quedarse con ‘Rosa’ su amor ante la falta del prometido.

Es una obra teatral colorida de buen humor donde se combinan las dos culturas de los México-americanos. Existe una gran identificación en los hechos de esta obra en la cual muchos de los espectadores pueden identificarla con alguien de su propia familia o amistades.

Esperamos conocer el final de esta historia de amor y de los problemas con los que se enfrenta ‘Pancho’ en su viaje a los estados Unidos y los obstáculos en California y si al final regresa a casarse con su amada ‘Rosa’.

The Guadaiupe Cultural Arts Center presents. A Pueblo Christmas

Show Dates: December  14, 15 16 at 8:00 PM

Guadaiupe Theater, I301 Guadaiupe Street (@ Brazos) /

 A Pueblo Christmas is a love story, a Christmas story, and the story of a Mexican couple and how they deal with the difficult economic situation with which they are faced.  Its humor engages and entertains while its frankness about cross-cultural and cross-country experiences provide important lessons for all.

by Raul Ramos, directed by Rodney Garza

Cast / Actores y Actrices

Andres Hdez (Pancho) Sergio Andres Hernandez Sierra (Pancho) emigrated from beautiful Medellin, Colombia. A professional tatto artist for the past 5 years, he is the owner and operator of SAS Tattoo in San Antonio and Houston, Texas. Hernandez would like to give thanks to god for every opportunity that he has had in this life, his wife Yvonne, who has always supported him in achieving his dreams, and Rodney Garza, who believed in him throughout the show. Andres believes staying positive is very important to triumph in life, having confidence in people and in yourself is the key to opening the doors of happiness. "Pa’ delante, pa’ tras, ni pa’ coger impulse!"

Dava Hernandez (Rosa) Dava Hernandez (Rosa) is originally from the frontera in South Texas, born in Del Rio and now transplanted in San Anto. A bailarina, jaranera, teatrista, and palabrista for paz, Dava has appeared in many productions, especially on the Guadalupe stage. She also works with youth in San Antonio, passing on the tradition of baile folktorico Mexicano. Much peace and love to all, especially to those involved in this production. jSI se pudol

Brian Castaneda (Miguel)Brian Castaneda (Miguel): Born and raised in the city of Tepic Nayarit in Mexico, Brian initiated his artistic career as a Ballet Dancer in 1995. In 2004- 2005 he attended CECAAP (Centra de Capacitacion Artistica del Pedregal) in Mexico City where he studied acting, singing, and choreography. He has performed in movies, on the radio and in television. Mr. Castaneda acted in "Maria Isabel", a Mexican soap opera with Televisa, in 1997. He also appeared in the comedy "Otro Rollo" (2005), "Bajo el Mismo Techo" (2005), also with Televisa, in "Caliente" with Univision (1999), in a theatre musical comedy, "Homenaje a Andrew Lloyd Webber" (2005), and in the movie, "Miguel y El Gordo" (2005). Brian is currently pursuing a degree in Drama at San Antonio College.

Janie Sauceda (Dona Flor)Janie Sauceda (Dona Flor): I thank you for letting me do what I love the most. This stage is my passion and you are my inspiration. Thank you Issie, Aaron, Kris, and anyone else who says they are my greatest fan. Gracias de mi corazon.

Franco AbueloFranco (Abuelo/ Postman) is proud to appear on the Guadalupe Theater stage once again. Thank you GCAC staff and volunteers for all your work. Happy birthday to my mother (Dec. 12). I love you. Viva la cultural

Suzan Roig / GueraSuzan Roig (Stage Manager/Guera): Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Suzan Roig has been acting since early childhood. Suzan frequently visits the island after residing in San Antonio for 10 years now. She has appeared in numerous plays, in TV commercials, and on radio in San Juan. Suzan currently works at Little Flower Catholic School as a Spanish elementary and middle school teacher, involving children in theater, poetry and public speaking. Suzan says, "It is amazing how children develop confidence, self-esteem, and speaking skills when you present acting opportunities to them." She earned a bachelors degree in Communications from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

John W Nieto AlfredoJohn Watts Nieto (Alfredo) returns to the GCAC where he began as a volunteer. John recently moved back to San Antonio after living in Dallas for the past 10 years where he worked for the Office of Cultural Affairs as a Program Coordinator. Prior to this, he worked for Telmundo as an Assistant Creative Service Director and appeared in various T.V. commercials. John recently signed with Calliope Talent and Management. John would like to dedicate his performance to his family.

Eduardo Cavazas Garza (Posadista/ Musico) appeared as Joe in "Los Desaraigados," the very first play staged at the Guadalupe Theater when it reopened in the early 80’s. He is an actor, artist, poet, and musician.

Jorge Gaxiola (Posadista/Musico) studied at the National School of Dance in Mexico City under the Secretary of Public Education & at The National Institute of Bellas Aries in Mexico City. He was the choreographer of IAY.PEDRO! in March 2005 & La Frontera in July 2006. Currently a Mexican Folklorico instructor for the Guadalupe’s Mobile Program, the YWCA (For Senior Conection), Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano & Ballet Folklorico del Cielo (Ballet Ollimpaxqui in San Antonio). In addition to teaching he is a Jaranero with the traditional Veracruzano music group "SOL 7."

David Goetz (Posadista/Musico): This is David’s third performance with the GCAC. He is from Seguin, Texas.

   Cast         Production     Crew
  Pancho   Andres Hernandez    

  Director    Rodney Garza
  Alfredo     John Watts Nieto     Playwright    Raul Ramos
  Abuelo    Franco     Producer     Vincent Toro
  Doña Flor    Janie Saucedo     Set Designers    Adriana Garcia 
  Posadistas     Jorge Gaxiola          Maria Ibarra 
  Músicos   David Goetz          Mike Marks
      Eduardo C. Garza      Costume Designer    John McBurney
            Lighting Designer     Will Stewart
            Light operator    Randy Greenblatt
            Sound Operator    Santiago "Jimmy" Ibarra
            Stage Manager     Suzan Roig

Production Crew

Rodney Garza Rodney Garza (Director) is a performance poeteatrista/ actor-directortaclivista from Aztlan. A veteran of the professional stage, he recently played the roles of Carlos in The Cook for Stages Repertory (Houston); Prince Popocatepetl in The Sleeping Princess of Tenochtitilan for Interactive (Houston); Martin in Martin for Cara Mia Theatre (Dallas); Julian in Anna in The Tropic+s for San Pedro Playhouse (San Antonio). He is awaiting the release of Baghdad, Texas, an HD Independent film in which he has a supporting role. Mr. Garza is no stranger to the Guadalupe Theater, other works include: Director of the smash-comedy hits, Petra’s Pecado and Petra’s Cuento. He also played the memorable roles of Cesar Chavez in Surcos De Oro / Watered With Tears, Mictlantecuhtli in La Vida De Los Muertos and El Master of Ceremonias for Cara Mia Theatre’s Carpa Yanaguana during TeatroFest’05. In 2004, he performed as various characters for the 25th anniversary national tour of Teatro Campesino’s production of Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez. While living in Austin, he was the Founding Artistic Director for Teatro Humanidad Cansada and the sketch comedy troupes, Chicano Inteligencia Agenda and Latino Comedy Project. He toured for five years with Project InterAct, a repertory theater company based out of Zachary Scott Theater Center(Austin). He has been a Resident Guest Artist for the Talento Bilingue De Houston(Houston), Academia Aztlan(Austin), Cara Mia Theatre Company (Dallas), Jump-Start Theater Company (San Antonio) and El Centro De La Raza(Seattle). He has numerous acting credits in productions of stage/film/t.v./radio/video, including the films: Lowrider Weekend; Deep In the Heart of Texas; Brothers Dogs & God. Along with Dava Dee Hernandez, hp k a nartnpr-in-rhvmp fnr thp Vanalahra narpia rip na7p

John McBurney (Costume Design), a freelance artist, is pleased to be working once again with the Guadalupe Theater. Designing costumes, makeup, and wigs, for "A Pueblo Christmas" has been a complete joy!

Raul Ramos (Playraright) A graduate of U.C. San Diego’s MFA Acting Program, Mr. Ramos is an actor, director, producer and is currently a Resident Artist with Mixed Blood Theatre Company. Mr. Ramos also produces, translates/ adapts and acts in the theatre’s annual bilingual main stage production. Mr. Ramos taught Acting, Movement, and Chicano/Latino Theatre at the University of Texas in El Paso for five years before moving to the Twin Cities. While in U.T. E.P, Mr. Ramos served as the Artistic Director of El Elenco Experimental, the university’s resident experimental theatre company.
Mr. Ramos is an Artistic Associate with Teatro Del Pueblo in St. Paul and has directed over a dozen productions. Mr. Ramos has extensive training in Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method. He also serves as a consultant with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and instructs social service agencies in the Latino community in developing HIV and AIDS prevention theatre projects.

Vincent Toro (Producer) is a Puerto Rican poet, playwright, performer, and music producer from New York. His life in the theater began 15 years ago as an apprentice with NY’s Latino Experimental Fantastic Theater. His plays have been staged Off-off Broadway by INTAR, at the 2005 Urban Pop Festival, for 2005 Songs From Coconut Hill Festival of Latino Playwrights, and he was a member of The Bronx’ New Scroll Bearers Playwrights Circle. Toro composed the music for the 2005 Fringe Festival Play, "Sleeping with Management" ani for The Women’s Project annual "NotA Play" series.
He has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Turkey and London. Toro would like to thank his wife, Grisel, for making everything sparkly, and the cast and crew of "A Pueblo Christmas" for their dedication (and for making the
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